I received an advanced copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not change how I feel about this book.
Title: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
Release date: October 11th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Verdict: 3.5 stars.
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them 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, they realize 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.
In this YA historical fiction debut, Destiny brings an original perspective on Prohibition in the 1920s to life with a thrilling paranormal twist. Iron Cast features blood-tainted magic users called hemopaths that can manipulate emotions and actions of average people with illusions of art, such as singing or playing an instrument. Corinne and Ada face a lot of danger out on the street when the Cast Iron Club is shut down: not only are they criminals in the eyes of the law, but the patrons who come to their underground establishments to experience their magic are no help when enemies lurk around every corner – including other club owners who see the Cast Iron and it’s proprietor Johnny Dervish as competition that they’re lucky to be rid of.
The story itself was gripping and intense, although there were times where it drew out unnecessary moments and skimmed past more important ones. Themes of race and identity were integrated seamlessly into the plot, and gave a much more accurate background into the realities of the 1920s that I rarely see in this kind of literature. While I didn’t connect with Corinne and Ada as much as I expected to, I enjoyed the twisting and turning adventure they embarked on in order to find the truth about Johnny and the experiments being done on hemopaths outside of Boston. Iron Cast is a perfect spooky, magical read for this Halloween season, and one I definitely recommend picking up.