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Heart of Iron: A fresh, suspenseful take on vampires, werewolves and steampunk London (London Steampunk Book 2) by [McMaster, Bec]
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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

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What readers are saying about Heart of Iron:"A clever and entertaining combination of historical romance, steampunk, paranormal and alternate history."
"a vastly unique and utterly vivid world that transports readers into another place."
"a perfect mix of action, romance and steampunk!"
"a little dark and a lot dangerous."
"Steampunk, romance, paranormal, suspense this book literally had it all."
What reviewers are saying about Heart of Iron:"An engrossing, thrilling sequel." - Tynga's Reviews
"HEART OF IRON is so impressive, it deserves a seal of excellence! 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 Ω Stars, Top Pick of the Month! " - RT Book Reviews
What everyone is saying about Bec McMaster: "a must read for paranormal fans and steampunk fans alike. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews
"richly imagined, gritty and dark, and full of hot heroes and hot sexÖ utterly delicious
. " -Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction...Bec McMaster offers it all."óEve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh

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  • File Size: 1562 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2AO71A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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05/11/2013 --

Overall Rating = 3.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars
Writer's Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 4 Stars
Story Appreciation = 4 Stars
Worth the Chili = 3 Stars [$6.59 on Amazon]

Okay ... sometimes, you really don't do books a service when you read a series back to back. You need a break to really appreciate them. Why? Well, because the author uses a formula in their storytelling. If not careful, they begin to look the same. This is what happened for me with this book. I liked it, but it bored me a bit only because it so closely resembled the format of the first two. It was good. I did enjoy it, but I might have liked it better if I'd waited a bit of time to read it.

What did I like?
1 -- I really liked Will. I enjoyed his character. Liked him from the very first book. He was the verwulfen and who doesn't love a werewolf? He was so damaged in all that had happened to him, but had powered through it to be the character we got to know. He was really wonderful. His interactions and history with Lena made this story. Lena was a good character too. She was spunky. She wanted Will, but the rejection time and again were enough for anyone to finally figure out it just may not happen.

2 -- There was a bit more "Steampunk" in this one. More discussion of the mechanical elements. Some of the "danger" had more of this element. For me, I noted this as a "failing" in the first book. The author made up for it nicely here. Very creative.

3 -- I loved seeing all the characters from the previous books. They played nicely in this one.

4 -- The cover is really nice.
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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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