Hardcover, 416 pages

English language

Published Sept. 8, 2020 by Quill Tree Books.


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4 stars (2 reviews)

For too long, Automae have lorded over the kingdom of Rabu, oppressing its human citizens. But the human revolution has risen, and at its heart is Ayla. Once a handmaiden, now a fugitive, Ayla narrowly escaped the palace of Lady Crier, the girl she would’ve killed if she hadn’t fallen in love first.

Now Ayla has pledged her allegiance to Queen Junn, who can help accomplish the human rebellion’s ultimate goal: destroy the Iron Heart. Without its power, the Automae will be weakened to the point of extinction. Ayla wants to succeed, but can’t shake the strong feelings she’s developed for Crier. And unbeknownst to her, Crier has also fled the palace, taking up among traveling rebels, determined to find and protect Ayla.

Even as their paths collide, nothing can prepare them for the dark secret underlying the Iron Heart.

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Review of 'Iron Heart' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A good follow up of Crier's War, but I really think the story would benefit tremendously if there was a third book, or at least more pages.

When Ayla and Crier meet again at around the halfway point, so many events take place that the second half felt rushed and it was crammed into the remaining pages.. I had the impression everything lasted about 10 minutes, before we had to move on the next event. I wish I learned more about the alchemy. I wish I learned more about Queen Junn and her court. I wish there was more behind the two necklaces. I wish Ayla had more lessons from Lady Dear. The revelation of what happened in The Iron Heart felt glossed over. The ending was anti-climatic. There are no loose ends, though, except that one unidentified person, maybe, but I always just wanted to know more.

That said, …

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  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult