on October 11, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Reading Challenges: 2017 Beat the Backlist, 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.
When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.
I knew that I had to read Iron Cast by Destiny Soria as soon as I read the summary. Magic and the 1919 setting? Yes, please! This book was a treat with its unique magic and lovely characters.
Iron Cast is about Ada and Corrine. They’re both hemopaths that work at a night club in Boston. They’re an unlikely pair but the best of friends. I liked both Ada and Corrine a lot. Ada was reserved and cautious. Corrine was impulsive and fiery. They complimented each other nicely. Their friendship was one of my favorite parts of the book. They were so close. Their love for each other was palpable. I loved how they relied on each other throughout the book.
My favorite thing about Iron Cast was definitely the magic! Hemopaths have an ‘affliction of the blood’. They can create illusions or instill emotions in regular people by reciting poetry or playing music. There were other types as well, but I’ll let you discover those when you read it. It was so interesting and really unique. I also loved that Ada and Corrine weren’t always using it for good. They walked a fine line. It brought up some good questions about morals.
Iron Cast was a bit dark at times. The political climate and threat to Hemopaths felt very reminiscent of the things that are happening in the world at the moment. Danger was always present for the characters. There was just the right amount of tension and mystery in the book.
The pace did feel rather slow to me at times. Sometimes there were chapters where it felt like nothing happened at all. It took me a long time to read this even though it’s not very long. I still really enjoyed it. I recommend it if you’re in the mood for a imaginative new magic system and a fantastic friendship.