In debut author Gwendolyn Clare's thrilling Ink, Iron, and Glass, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.
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.
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“The novel samples historical figures the way a hip-hop album might sample a classic riff: it opens a window to European history, lets in fresh air, and sends facts flying... This novel is a source of serious fun.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut novel is fully realized steampunk-fantasy, offering an alternate history that deftly and creatively adopts the politics of 19th-century Italy to create a compellingly unique world.... Exciting and original.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Clare's debut is built upon an intriguing premise... A solid series starter featuring a competent, flawed heroine that’s built for sf fans.” —Booklist
“There’s much more to uncover in the political machinations of each world, and a gasp-worthy ending ensures a sequel.” —BCCB
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The other review is probably written by an 8 year old
When I read the description for this book, I was thrilled about reading it. That same day I went to go pick it up. Total waste of time. The plot has potential but it was executed poorly. Elsa is a bland character all together and she and almost everything else lacked physical description. The author didn’t even put in how Elsa felt about things. She was a robot character. Leo is supposed to be her love interest and Gwendolyn Clare must have put in two full chapters just describing him. It was the only in-depth appearance we got. Leo was a Hispanic with curly brown hair who carried around a tool belt but mainly used his hammer. He was described with elvish-features and who always joked around and could never get a girl. If you have read the Heroes of Olympus series, there is a character who fits the exact same description. By page 3 the trouble had already come and moved way too quickly or way too slow. The plot holes are unbearable and there isn’t any originality. Felt like a nine-year old wrote a fanfiction on wattpad. Actually, a nine-year old could’ve done a better job. Don’t waste your time or money.