Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
Published by Amulet Books on October 11th 2016
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—captivate their audience. 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, they realize 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.
**I received this book at BEA for an honest review. My opinions are my own **
How do I begin to express my feelings about Iron Cast? Hm. Well, maybe I should start from the beginning. This year I attended BEA for the very first time. While there I noticed Iron Cast on the shelves. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any other copies and that was the only one there. I’m not proud to admit it, but I stalked that ABRAM’s booth until the last day and I pounced and I was able to get the one copy! I just couldn’t get over the cover for one, but after reading the synopsis, I was completely hooked. Sorry ABRAM’s publishers at BEA 2016, I couldn’t help myself.
But what did I think of the book? Did it meet my expectations?
YES. YES! A million times yes!
Iron Cast flawlessly blends historical fiction and fantasy and creates a beautiful story of friendship and finding yourself. I know, I know this sounds like a lot of stories out there but I’m telling you that as someone that has read a lot of historical fiction and fantasy novels, this one is truly unique.
The first thing is the unique abilities that the two main characters – Ada and Corinne. Their friendship is honestly one of the most refreshing things to read in fiction. They didn’t secretly hate each other. They didn’t end up hating each other. They grew and lived together and honestly having no “friend hate” that some books, especially when it comes to female friendships, made me want to want to spread my arms in the air and twirl around in happiness.
The second thing that I absolutely loved was the magic system, how the two girl’s powers worked, and truly unique it was. I am honestly a magic system groupie. Give me a unique magic system and I am down with it. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be unique but maybe a fresh spin on an old idea! Soria does such an awesome job at the unique part. The magic system in this book is called “hemopathy” is considered an infection of the blood and is hunted. Each person, Ada and Corinne included, use the power differently. Corinne uses poetry and song to convey illusions and get people to see what she wants them. Ada uses her violin to make people feel those illusions. It is in this that the two girls found that together they could create some of the strongest illusions. With the threat of being locked up in Haversham Asylum to be “rehabilitated” you need to be as strong as possible.
Ada and Corinne’s adventures are nothing but spectacular. From their beginning were the two worked for the high-level mobster named Johnny Dervish to a job going back Iron Cast will grab you and not let you go until the very last sentence. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t let me go even after the book finished. My only complaint is that as far as I know this is a stand-alone book. I love this world and magic system that I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that there will be no more stories from it. I will just have to except this and patiently wait for another of Soria’s books, no matter what, because even if they won’t include the same world as Iron Cast I fell in love with the writing and I will be up for more!
Destiny lives in Birmingham, AL, where she spends her time trying to come up with bios that make her sound kind of cool. She has yet to succeed.