Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for
INK, IRON, AND GLASS by Gwendolyn Clare!
I have a review of the book and a moodboard today so you can learn more about the aesthetics of the story! But first, let's learn more about the book...
INK, IRON, AND GLASS
Author: Gwendolyn Clare
Series: Ink, Iron, and Glass #1
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars
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 by her mother—a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
I thought this one had a bit of a slow start, but it had such a fantastic finish that I think it is one of the better historical fantasy novels I've ever read. It had a bit of a Shadowhunter vibe to it which made it really fun. I liked the world building and the characters as well. It was such a fun read and I highly recommend taking the time to read it!
I liked the backdrop and alternate history aspect to it. I thought it was really well done and made a lot of sense for the scenario at hand. You can get swept away with the details and politics of this one. I can't wait to see how it develops more in the sequel.
The characters were a delight! I loved getting to know Elsa and Leo and hope that we get to see more of the other characters in the future. But also!! I actually LIKED the romance which is so rare for me, so you know it's fantastic.
This was such a good fantasy novel too. There was delicate balance of seeing how the magic system works and being told more about the magic itself. I loved the intricacies of this one and would love to see more about the magic in it in the future.
I definitely think this is one for people who love fantasy novels. There was a fantastic historical aspect, a cool magic system, and great characters.