Iron Cast

Iron Cast

Book - 2016
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It's Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths--those "afflicted" with the ability to create illusions through art--captivate their audience. 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 realises 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 .
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781419721922
Branch Call Number: Y FICTION SORIA
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 25, 2020

Recommended by Tor - Sarah Waites

Corrine and Ada aren't your ordinary teens. Yes, they might be two young girls who love to sing by day, but by night through their unique "magic" they're making the city's elite feel love, despair, hate, and nostalgia like never before. When a job they pulled to keep the Cast Iron, the only home that has ever been theirs, goes wrong, every agent wants to be the one to throw the pair of notorious criminals into the Haversham Asylum. I found it amazing how strong Corrine and Aida's bonds of sisterhood went, and even though Gabriel and Saint's stories were tragic Ada and Corrine were definitely the stars. Through every corner of this book you will find a new twist or turn, and the irony of the betrayals is unforgettable. Destiny Soria's book will keep you on your toes, while Ada and Corrine face countless betrayal, losses, and encounters of love. This book is highly recommended for fans of strong female leads, friendships, and sisterhood. -- Tej

ArapahoeTiegan Mar 15, 2018

What. A. Story. I absolutely loved having this set just before Prohibition - to have a bit of that driving the story was amazing. I loved that some people had different kinds of powers - being able to weave images with words, or change feelings with music, or even manipulate art through the real world was absolutely inspired. There aren't many, if any, books out there quite like this one. I was absolutely taken with all of the ideas that drove this story and I really wish there was more! I kind of hope Destiny Soria has some more ideas of stories within this kind of world, within this setting. Maybe not a series, necessarily, but other pieces of the world she's created, because - just wow - I would devour those.

Jan 22, 2018

An amazingly written, exciting novel, packed with feminism, powerful female friendship and hilarious anecdotes. I LOVED IT. Highly recommend for anyone!

Beatricksy Jan 09, 2017

This is a delightfully fast paced romp through just-barely-pre-prohibition era, where the jazz is loud, the skirts and hair are short, and the gangsters are running through the streets of Boston. The settings are divine. It's a highly visual tale that drags its readers into its history, and it isn't afraid to throw some fast and hard punches at its readers. It also is one of the best diverse-cast books I read in 2016, playing gently with some interesting ideas that, without the magic or the historical setting, could be right at home in a contemporary tale. It's not perfect: the protags are kind of interchangeable, and the plot goes from nothing happening to too much happening back to nothing happening in the flip of a page, and there's NO magic explanation whatsoever, but it's a fun read and it raises some questions about race, morals, and values that are always worth discussing.

ArapahoeBridget Nov 16, 2016

If you're at all into creepy evil asylums, sneaky ensemble con jobs, or excellent female friendships, this book might just be the perfect fit. Neatly plotted with wonderful characters and a fantastic magic system, it was a great read. The world-building is vivid and the story has plenty of twists, so even if you see where a few are going, there's bound to be one or two that you guess incorrectly. And it's a stand-alone! Basically, grab this up right now.

Oct 17, 2016

A unique story set in the 1920s but sluggish, slow pacing dull the spectacular it could have been.


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