Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch

The Girl with the Iron Touch
The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finley Jayne and her friends have returned to London. The year is 1897, but it is an alternate Steampunk World. Emily has been kidnapped by automatons and has been told she must transplant the brain from her archenemy into the body of one of his creations. If she does not, he will ensure not only her death, but also the death of her friends. Emily’s troubles may be the largest, but her friends are also having issues. Griffin is being harassed by the Aether during his waking hours and in his dreams. Finley is still trying to learn to control her dark side and coming to terms with her relationships with Griffin and Jack Dandy. Sam won’t stop until Emily is found. He is searching all of London (above and below grounds) and will not rest until she is safely home.

Kady Cross continues the Steampunk Chronicles with a story that will make Finley Jayne fans proud. The Girl with the Iron Touch stands strong as its own story with only a touch here and there referencing earlier story lines. The larger story of book three is satisfactorily concluded with enough new questions to keep readers happily anticipating book four. Questions about relationships during the previous storylines are boldly addressed and characters deal with life altering choices that are still relevant today. I strongly recommend this book to steampunk fans and the series to those interested in exploring this genre.

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