The Girl With The Iron Touch
By: Kady Cross
Steampunk Chronicles – Book 3
Available 28 May 2013
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she’s to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has.
This Blonde’s Review:
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far! I love that each of the characters have their own talents and histories that make them such a perfect group of misfits. We still get to see plenty of Finley and Griffin, though they’re not the figures of this story. This story is about Emily.
We don’t know a lot of Emily’s story from the first two books, but in this one we learn she has a very sad history. Something happened to her that shouldn’t happen to anyone. But we see that Emily isn’t living afraid. She refuses to let anyone hold her fourth, even Sam.
Many find Sam’s size & gruff attitude intimidating. Not Emily. She remembers when he had an easy smile and she knows the attitude is worry. We can see Sam the way she does and it makes him much more likeable than he was before.
I really enjoyed getting to know Emily better in this book. We get to see how strong she really is. She’s one if the strongest characters in the book. Finley has been my favorite through the series but Emily takes a close second.
I love that there are so many things going on at the same time. Other characters have issues beyond what we see through Emily. Obviously that means more books in the series!
If you’ve read the first books in this series you won’t want to miss Emily’s story. Watching a small girl take on a world of machines and things so much bigger than her and you know she’s going to find a way to win, no matter what it costs. Because she won’t pay the price of losing anyone she cares about.