Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross

Genre: steampunk, science fiction
Series and Book #: Steampunk Chronicles #3
Pages: 377

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 kissed 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 say in triumph, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

The villain the Machinist is revisited in the third novel in the Steampunk Chronicles. I kind of wish Kady had developed another antagonist. I don't think the Machinist really needed another mention. His main master plot was foiled in The Girl in the Steel Corset. It was unnecessary for him to come back, this time with another plan to kill off Griffin's friends. Same with Mei. I don't like her returning to the books.

Kady has as way of developing romantic relationships rather slowly. Griffin and Finley still have doubts about one another even though they're obviously in love. Emily and Sam care deeply about one another, yet they still hold off from it. The game of will they/won't they is very tiring.

I'm excited to see what happens to Mila. She's an automaton that looks like a fully grown woman, has the IQ of a fully grown woman, but the emotional quotient of a two year old. Her developing relationship with Jack Dandy is sure to be interesting especially since she's not human.


I wonder what Kady has in store for the next couple of books. I'm sure the Machinist will make more appearances, but it seems like most of the conflicts she's introduced throughout the series have already been resolved. I mean, Finley has already chosen a boy to love. Emily is back home, safe and sound, in Sam's arms. The Machinist is finally defeated in the real world. Now all they've got to do is get him out of the Aether so that he doesn't torture Griffin. There was a little something with the medium who visited Griffin's estate, but that's it. I don't know what to expect!

The Cover: Oh, goodness, these covers! They're so prettyyyy.

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