It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.
Destiny Soria’s IRON CAST brims with magic, history, friendship, danger, and epic action that stacks up beautifully with books like Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS, Justine Larbalestier’s RAZORHURST, and Cat Winters’s IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS. This layered novel offers much to readers from an engaging historical fantasy premise to a powerful and nuanced portrayal of female characters and the friendship between them.
Heiress and wordsmith Corrine and mixed race songsmith Ada are both unforgettable characters whose souls go far beyond the limits of the page. It is nearly impossible to pin either of them down into a handful of descriptions because Soria writes them in a completely three-dimensional manner, and readers will leave the story feeling as close to each of them as they are to each other. Anyone who has ever considered a soulmate to be a friend rather than a romantic partner will appreciate their relationship immensely. The diverse cast of secondary characters, including a love interest for each of the two main characters, are also delightful and distinct. They all connect in a series of shocking plot twists that are as likely to get angry, closed fists as they are tears (in a positive way).
Destiny Soria’s debut is without a doubt one of the best of the year. IRON CAST uses its own wordsmith magic to create an epic story with characters who feel powerfully real.