Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Published: 11. October 2016.
Edition: Amulet Books
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction | Fantasy | Young Adult
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.
◄ 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
This story is set in our world,
(in 1919, as the summary tells us) but it contains magical elements. There are people called “hemopaths” who, due to a blood sickness, are allergic to iron. Now those people also have SPECIAL POWERS, which is always great to have! (In my opinion, but not the opinion of most people in this “world”.) What’s even better, is that all of these powers are of an artistic nature, example: wordsmiths, songsmiths and many more. When I’m already writing about these amazing powers I have a complaint: I would have loved to know how these sicknesses came to be, it just didn’t feel as if it was explained properly (which honestly frustrated me a lot).
This book starts of really strong and exiting! Escaping from an asylum is really a great way to start a story. The first two chapters just sucked me right in. However, as the story progresses it becomes a lot slower. It felt as if there was A LOT of character interactions and not much else. It was just really slow and some things dragged as well. I really wished that some of the parts were just skipped over. But if you enjoy stories that are more character driven, then this one is definitely for you.
Before I actually start writing about the characters, I would like to say that I didn’t actually feel the setting, or time period rather. It just didn’t feel as if the story was set in 1919. The atmosphere just wasn’t there and I honestly forgot from time to time that it was actually historical fiction (until some reference to the actual time period was made).
Anyway, onto the characters! There are two main characters Corinne and Ada, who are also narrating the story. Corinne is not a nice person, as she likes to put it. She is stubborn, reckless and mean. Though she has a caring side, which she only shows when people she loves or things she is passionate about are involved. Ada on the other hand, is the voice of reason in their relationship. She is calm, smart and counters most of Corinne’s traits. They are an amazing team. What I LOVED most in this book is their FRIENDSHIP! They have blind faith in each other and would literary do anything for the other person. And I loved reading about them!
This book is racially diverse. There is also racism, it’s addressed and dealt with throughout the whole book – which I rather enjoyed. I also liked that it was rather low on romance, there were romantic interests and romantic scenes but they weren’t the main focus – just a side part of the whole story.
This book was very enjoyable. Even though I had my problems with it I still enjoyed it. The ending was a bit predictable, at least to me. But the magic powers and the female friendship made up for it! I would definitely recommend you to check this book out, if it sounds like something you would enjoy!
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Do you plan on reading it? Do let me know!
Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!