[Review] Ink, Iron & Glass

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Title: Ink, Iron & Glass

Series: Ink, Iron & Glass #1

Author: Gwendolyn Clare

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Published: February 20, 2018

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.
Our best weapons are words.  
I found this book browsing the shelves of Barnes & Noble and was immediately drawn by the cover. The premise of the story is unfathombaly fascinating, something I never really thought about. While I'm sure the idea of a writer's book becoming a real thing has been done before, I found this story to be unique. 

The main character, Elsa (no, not from Frozen) is actually pretty rounded. I love her naivete nature but logical mind. She doesn't act upon emotion and that's refreshing to me. I love solid, strong characters that act upon what they feel is right. The supporting characters were pretty decent as well, helping form believable dialogue and relationships. 

Speaking of relationships, I love the lack of romantic elements. I'm not saying it didn't have any, but it wasn't a main focus of the MC. 

Overall, the plot was unique, fascinating, and extremely engaging. It took me a while to finish mostly because I was in a bit of a slump, but when I did pick it back up, I was immediately hooked into the story again. The reveals were surprising enough and in the end, it ticked off a lot of elements included on my "what makes a great book" list. I'm excited to see what happens next because I'm not quite ready to leave a world where you can literally write things into existence.  

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