Review: Heart of Brass by Kate Cross

Reading Level: Adult   Publisher: Signet Eclipse   Publication Date: 5/1/12
Arden is an undercover agent for one of the most powerful organizations of this steam-powered world—the Wardens of the Realm, a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England against evil.

Arden Grey enjoys a life most women in 1898 London can’t even dream of: she has the social status, wealth, and independence of a countess. She also has the ability to witness the final moments of a murder victim’s life. But ever since the disappearance of her husband, Lucas, none of this means anything to her. Until one night, when Arden spies a man watching her—a man she recognizes as her missing husband.

He’s been ordered to assassinate Arden as retribution for her part in the killing of a Company agent. Luke remembers nothing of his life before The Company, a corrupt agency that has erased his memory. Even so, something prevents him from completing his assignment. There is something familiar about his lovely target, something that attracts him and fills him with dread. For he knows that if he doesn’t kill her, someone else will—and kill him as well.

My Thoughts:

I’m really starting to like steampunk. The more books I read in this genre, the more I like it. It’s just so different from the books I normally read, that’s probably the reason why I like it so much.

I loved the wonderful steampunk world and all of the fascinating gadgets Kate Cross created in Heart of Brass. One of my favorite gadgets was the helmet that records a person’s memories, I thought that one was brilliant!

I adored Arden in this book, she was such a smart and strong heroine. I can’t imagine going through
what she went through. Her husband was missing for seven years, then he just appears one day with no memory of her or of their marriage, and if that wasn’t bad enough he was also trying to kill her. I’m not sure I would have dealt with it as well as she did.

I really liked Lucas, but I didn’t find him nearly as fascinating as I did Alastair. I couldn’t make up my mind about his character. I thought for sure he was the bad guy one minute, then the next I thought he was sweet. I can’t wait to find out more about him in the next book.

I thought Heart of Brass was an all around great story! There was mystery, there was romance, and it was all set in a fascinating world. If you’re a fan of steampunk and/or historical romance, then you should definitely check this one out.

My Rating:

4.5/5 Stars

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