Heart of Brass by Felicity BanksHeart of Brass by Felicity Banks

Heart of Brass

byFelicity Banks

Paperback | July 29, 2016

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Emmeline Muchamore is a well-bred young lady hiding explosive family secrets. She needs to marry well, and quickly, in order to keep her family respectable. But when her brass heart malfunctions, she makes a desperate choice to steal the parts she needs to repair it and survive.

She is unable to explain her actions without revealing she has a steam-powered heart, so she is arrested for theft and transported to Victoria, Australia – right in the midst of the Gold Rush.

Now that she’s escaped the bounds of high society, iron manacles cannot hold her for long.

The only metal that really matters is gold.

Title:Heart of BrassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:July 29, 2016Publisher:Odyssey BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1922200581

ISBN - 13:9781922200587


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gold fever, crinolines and air balloons. Adventure and mayhem in colonial Australia "Society doesn't allow young men to marry science experiments". Straight from that first line we steam into enormous fun. Emmeline Muchamore needs to marry and fast to save her family from penury. But .. "Mrs Dawes was unlikely to appreciate the sight of her perspective daughter in law steaming violently from between the breasts." Our heroine must take action to prevent this, as any well-bred lady would, understandably,  but what she does is disastrous. In just one day she plunges from the eligible ranks of London's high society to a grim prison ship. To keep her brass heart a secret Miss Muchamore adopts one desperate measure after another. She is even forced to associate with, sniff, an Irish currency lad, Patrick. What a come-down for a British lady. But equipped with her probability parasol and pet rats and her affinity with the mysterious properties of metals, our Emmaline hangs firmly on to her bonnet. "This new horizon was mine. It just didn't know it yet." Felicity Banks has created a heroine whose foibles and prejudices only add to her strengths. I loved the droll lines delivered on every page. Readers might also become intrigued by the events in non-steampunk Australian history referenced in this rollicking story. With 'Heart of Brass' you also get a second book. Yes, two for the price of one, more in fact, because 'After the Flag Fell' is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style bonus which picks up after the exciting finale of Heart of Brass. YOU can choose what fate befalls the characters! There are all sorts of scenarios to act out. I spent another two hours engrossed in the possibilities - meeting a terrible fate too often and trying again and again for a nicer ending.
Date published: 2018-07-05