Book Review: Ink, Iron and Glass

Today I’ve decided to try out something new. By new I mean a book review. I’ve been procrastinating on writing this review for a while now so I’ve decided to get to business.

So what is Ink, Iron and Glass?

It is a young adult fantasy novel that has all the elements you need to carry an exciting storyline to have you hooked to the book (well that rhymed). The goodreads plot for the book reads:

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

The story has steampunk themes mixed into it alongside the dreamy thematic elements of the fantasy genre.

For me, the story was slow to begin with at first. I found that I couldn’t quite connect with the story enough to not be able to put down the book. But gradually I did find myself to be able to get interested with the plotline. I quite liked the main character Elsa’s need to be a strong independent woman who wouldn’t need to rely on others. Eventually she does realize that she needs her friends to be by her side to help her solve her problems and find her mother.

Leo — Elsa’s romantic counterpart — is an interesting character. The disgraced son of a revolutionist — who could never live up to his father’s expectations — has much depth. He tends to deflect emotions by joking about his situation. He is someone I could relate to in a way.

Overall I think that although this book takes some time to get into, you are eventually drawn into the story. I’d give it a rating of 3.9/5.

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