Book 3 in the Steampunk Chronicles
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
Summary from Goodreads:
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, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily. 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 chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has…
When automatons kidnap Emily the team thinks they know who is behind it. The Machinist might still be alive. While the team rushes to find her Emily faces challenges that might change her forever and finds something that will change everything.
This book opens with Emily’s PoV, which I was so excited to finally get.You also finally learn about what happened in Emily’s past and why she came to work with Griffin. Not surprising Emily’s past is heartbreaking and truly everyone’s worst nightmare. I love how big a role Emily had in this book. Jack’s back and he shows up early to tell the team about what he found in the novella The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy which I highly recommend you read before you read The Girl with the Iron Touch. Griffin is having a lot of problems in this book with his power over the aether. He also feels a lot of guilt for killing Mei. Jasper is so different in this book after what happened with Mei. He is not really himself anymore and hope that he recovers from his heartbreak. Griffin was very secretive this book with everyone and I was getting just as angry at him as Finley. I am happy the love triangle between Finley/Jack/Griffin is resolved in this book. But really in book 2 it became very obvious who Finley loved romantically and who she loved as a friend. I loved the scene where Finley takes care of Griffin. It is so sweet and really showed Finley’s tenderness and depth of feeling for Griffin. But then again I love all of Griffin and Finley’s scenes together. Sam will go to hell and back to find Emily. In fact in this book I fell in love with his character. His devotion to her won me over.
This series has always been exciting, but the race to find Emily made this book even more so. Some parts of this book are told from a new character’s PoV named Mila. I don’t want to say too much about her as I don’t want to give anything away. I loved that Cat. Jasper’s ex from New York showed up and can’t to find out why in the novella The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn. I loved the ending and I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series.This book had me on the edge of my seat from page one. If you love action, romance, passion, friendship, and unique characters this is the book for you.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: PG-13
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