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Heart of Iron (London Steampunk Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Bec McMaster
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Book Description

"Deftly blends elements of Steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results...darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy."—Booklist Starred Review for Kiss of Steel

In the mist-shrouded streets of London's dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires, and a clockwork army are one step away from battle...

No One to Trust

Dangerous. Unpredictable. That's how people know the hulking Will Carver. And those who don't like pretty words just call him The Beast. No matter how hard Will works to suppress his werewulfen side, certain things drive him beyond all control. And saucy Miss Lena Todd tops the list.

Lena makes the perfect spy against the ruling Echelon blue bloods. No one suspects that under the appearance of flirtatious debutante lies a heart of iron. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can't wrap around her finger and the one man whose kiss she can never forget. He's supposed to be protecting her, but he might just be her biggest threat yet...

Editorial Reviews

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Obtaining a thrall contract is every debutante’s dream. Except for Lena Todd. She doesn’t want to become part of the Echelon’s world of blood taxes and blood thralls; she wants to bring their world to its knees. So when the chance to join the Humanist cause presents itself to her, Lena doesn’t hesitate a second. As a debutante moving through blue-blooded Echelon society, Lena is perfectly situated to spy on London’s ruling class, and the secrets she discovers may help “Mercury,” the mysterious leader of the Humanists, destroy the Echelon once and for all. There are only two people who can keep Lena from successfully completing her mission: Alaric Colchester, the coldly calculating blue-blooded Duke of Lannister, and Will Carver, the tall, dark, and dangerous werewulfen, who has sworn to protect Lena at any cost. McMaster successfully continues the complex world building she began in Kiss of Steel (2012) in the second addition to her deliciously atmospheric, completely enthralling series, a sexy literary merger of Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, and Jane Austen. --John Charles


"An engrossing, thrilling sequel." - Tynga's Reviews

"HEART OF IRON is so impressive, it deserves a seal of excellence! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the world and characters McMaster has created. Make room on your keeper shelves... " - Fresh Fiction

"Intriguing... [readers will] love the sexy, action-packed narrative. " - Publishers Weekly

"McMaster's second London Steampunk Book dazzles and seduces... will leave readers breathless. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month! " - RT Book Reviews

"Heart of Iron is another delightful romp through steampunk London with political intrigue, humanist plots and skullduggery at every turn. " - Book Chick City

"Bec McMaster does an excellent job of continuing the world and story from Kiss of Steel. Will and Lena's story was action packed, always interesting and a great love story" - Simply Sweet Books

"Edgy, dark, and shot through with a grim, gritty intensity, McMaster's latest title adds to her mesmerizing steampunk series with another gripping, inventive stunner. Starred Review" - Library Journal

"Bec McMaster brilliantly weaves a world that engulfs your senses and takes you on a fantastical journey." - Tome Tender

"Heart of Iron is an exciting, intense and wonderfully romantic read which drags you through balls full of predators and deep underground full of dirty scavengers... till you can't decide which are more dangerous." - Nocturnal Book Reviews

"Phenomenal... There are elements of paranormal, historical and steampunk effortlessly combined for a completely unique series. " - Where the Night Kind Roam

Product Details

  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402270305
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2AO71A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deliciously entertaining tale May 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Heart of Iron, the follow-up installment to Bec McMaster's debut onto the steampunk scene is Kiss of Steel's equal in all things except Verwulfen which means... this book's even better than the last! Because, let's face it, werewolves make everything better! Am I right? In this novel, McMaster further expands upon her already colossal universe, transforms two beloved secondary characters into praiseworthy protagonists and weaves a deliciously entertaining tale that'll keep you reading until there's nothing left.

The first two London Steampunk stories are closely intertwined which means I highly recommend that you read these books in order so that you get the full experience. Even though Will and Lena are now the main focal point, Blade and Honoria still play active roles in this installment. Typically, in a series like this, previous paranormal couples make occasional cameo appearances in future novels but are otherwise forgotten after their initial love story is told. I'm really happy that McMaster broke away from that pattern because I hate saying goodbye to great characters and, Blade and Honoria are keepers!

Unravelling Will's mysteries' was by far my favourite part of this book; from his Verwulfen nature, to his sordid upbringing, to his reluctant feelings for Lena. He's an enigma and a half! I enjoyed his burly yet protective attitude towards Miss Todd and the way his very presence makes the big bad Echelon shake in their boots. Will's a brilliantly written character that has permission to warm my bed anytime!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent story but characters were a little off May 8, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

HEART OF IRON is a fun steampunk story with a plethora of political dealings both with other countries and high society. There is a unique take in this story on women vying for a husband/suitor by going to balls like in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Except vampires take the place of Mr. Darcy and the debutantes are vying to be blood donors in order to have a life of privilege and wealth.While I loved the ideas and world building in HEART OF IRON I couldn't connect with either Will or Lena.

There is a fine line between a character who is a brooding tortured soul and a sociopathically dangerous brooding tortured soul. Will, unfortunately leans a little more toward the `stay far far away from' camp. I could not understand what Lena saw in him or how she actually felt safe in a room with someone so threatening. Will really doesn't do too much to make up for his brutish behavior or even really evolve over the course of the story.

Lena is a headstrong, persistent character which is an admirable trait for any heroine except she like Will, crosses the line of being so headstrong that she lacks self-preservation by putting herself in a number of obviously dangerous situations. Its also not too clear whether she actually knows anything about the rogue humanistic rebel group (a pro-human/anti-vampire group who are actually a pretty cool aspect of HEART OF IRON) she is working for. This lack of knowledge either proves her extreme naivety or recklessness considering she rarely questions their motives until the later part of the story.

While Will and Lena's negative traits hampered some of my enjoyment this series, HEART OF IRON has a wonderfully multi-layered, complex, and colorful world with some interesting side characters who I look forward to reading about in the London Steampunk series. MY LADY QUICKSILVER, the third book in this series comes out on October 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Heart of Iron-4.5 Stars, A May 7, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

Will Carver, protector of Blade - master of the rookeries, is a verwulfen with a bounty on his head. Known as the Beast of Whitechapel, he helps Blade keep order, something Will cannot find within his own life. For more than three long years he's desired Ms. Lena Todd, but knows he can never have her, and that fact drives him crazy every day.

Meanwhile, Lena has moved back to live with her (secret) half-brother, Leo Barrons, a blue-blood member of the Echelon. Fleeing life in the rookeries after Will rebuffed her advances a year ago, she attempts to make her way through society, playing their games in hopes she will find a place to fit in. But when she learns about the Humanists, a group interested in overthrowing the ruling Echelon, she begins to help the illegal society - hoping someday she'll find some sort of happiness.

It comes as a complete shock to both Will and Lena that the Prince Consort and four of the more "liberal" members of the council of Dukes want to form a treaty with the verwulfen clans of Scandinavia, and they want to enlist the help of Will to smooth the waters. In exchange for his aid, the council is willing to change the laws regarding the treatment of verwulfen. In order to learn proper etiquette and fit in, Will ropes Lena into tutoring him - bringing the pair together almost daily.

Heart of Iron is a suspenseful tale of political maneuvering among the classes with a paranormal twist that ups the ante.
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Good read
Published 1 month ago by Athena
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Love this series. a+++++++
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Fun with a twist on the Regency period
Published 2 months ago by christine bridges
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read
Good sequel to the first novel. I'm still really enjoying the alternate universe of London as a Victorian landscape of vampires and werewolves. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ShellyK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a good read
Published 3 months ago by Cindy L.Dargan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist
*Book Blurb*

In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Romano
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done paranormal romance with some steampunk elements...
This was a well done steampunk romance that features Will and Lena who we meet in the first book of the series, Kiss of Steel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first, and awesome story telling!
McMaster has done it again. I didn't think there could be a book I loved even more than the first book, but I totally fell in love with Will and Lena and was very happy to see... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heather E. Struth
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More About the Author

Award winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia, and grew up with her nose in a book. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, she discovered romance and hasn't looked back. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and adventurous steampunk romances. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

Her first novel, Kiss of Steel, is a steampunk romance from Sourcebooks and debuts September, 2012. The fifth book in the series, Of Silk And Steam, will be available in March 2015. Visit her website at or follow her on twitter @BecMcMaster.

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