Published by Amulet Books on October 11th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, paranormal, Historical
Source: the publisher
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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 for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Iron Cast by @TheDestinySoria is the book about friendship and magic and mind control that I didn't know I was desperate for.
— Emily (@Emren) October 8, 2016
This tweet pretty much sums up my feelings about Iron Cast. The friendship between Corinne and Ada was really touching. I loved that there was no competition or pettiness. They understood each other, they could read each other and they knew each other. These two are so close they became each other’s families. They are the kind of friends where you can have a conversation with a look and know exactly what the other person is thinking. Their friendship was so familiar and real. I hope that every single person out there is lucky enough to have at least one friend like this.
I also really connected with the magic system in this book. It’s not so much magic as it is superpowers or people who have unusual natural abilities. What I loved about it though, is their powers are based in the arts. Whether it was music, poetry, literature, acting, drawing or something else, the arts were the areas where abilities manifested. Hemopaths, people with this talent, are able to create elaborate illusions using their chosen talent. I found the magic system especially compelling because I already think that each of these creative pursuits and talents are almost superpowers. I’m not musical at all, so it always seems like magic to me when someone can play an instrument beautifully.
If I had one tiny, insignificant complaint, it would be how the book began. The first 10 pages or so really threw me off. It wasn’t what I expected at all. I even closed the book to read the synopsis because I was so shocked and put off. Luckily, though, I stayed with it, and it quickly turned around. I completely understand why the author made the stylistic choice to start the book out the way she did and knowing what I know now, I’m much more OK with it. It just took me a minute. If you have this issue too, be forgiving. The way it starts is not the way it continues!
About the Author
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.