Ink, Iron, And Glass by Gwendolyn ClareInk, Iron, And Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, And Glass

byGwendolyn Clare

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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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.

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.


An Imprint Book

"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 and 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

Gwendolyn Clare earned her BA in ecology, BS in geophysics, and a PhD in mycology. She is a New Englander transplanted to North Carolina where she cultivates a vegetable garden, tends a flock of backyard ducks, and practices martial arts. Ink, Iron, and Glass is her debut novel.
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Title:Ink, Iron, And GlassFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.62 × 5.67 × 1.27 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:ImprintLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250112761

ISBN - 13:9781250112767

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Completely Unique and Original! Personally, I'll give it a 3.5 (because the ending drove me insaaaaaane), but believe me when I say that this enter concept and its magic are wonderfully original, the characters are lots of fun, and the one-liners are fantastic. I honestly couldn't get enough of this complex world and its unique magic and historical steampunk setting. Elsa, Leo, Faraz, and Porzia are all have their own distinct personalities and quirks, yet they all worked cohesively as a unite and it would be great to see them as a unit. Leo and Elsa's blooming, uneasy romance was sweet and something that I hope will extend into other books. While this is no doubt a very strong debut for author Gwendolyn Clare, I did have a couple nitpicks. The one liners, while I did love them, were a little too frequent. One of the major twists seemed a little too far left field for me, and the final twist and the last couple chapters didn't make any sense to me, in that it was something that didn't need to happen at all! GAH. But again, that's just my opinion, and this is a YA Fantasy for readers looking to experience a band new world, loveable characters, and a world you won't soon forget. Check it out if you're interested!
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Refreshing It's the best feeling when a book you knew sounded excellent proves you right! My excitement for Ink, Iron, and Glass is 100% justified. It's a fresh and fascinating read. The worldbuilding is magnificent! The story thrived on the three sciences. Scriptology, mechanics and alchemy took us to so many different places. The unknown was scary yet thrilling. So inventive. I kn0w nothing about the time period but really loved the setting and the political climate. There was a bit of a special snowflake syndrome but I like how it was done. Though she was the first polymath to appear in a long time (not a spoiler, the book says so early on) Elsa wasn't the only one. It was an important point but not one that carried the plot. Elsa wasn't what I expected. For a character born out of words I thought she'd be a dainty simple thing but she was the exact opposite. She had a fierce nature and a complicated mind. Her curiosity and intelligence led to many dangers but she braved each one with care and precision. Her emotions and (internal) struggles made her more than real. The side characters stood out in Ink, Iron, and Glass. Leo, the love interest, was a lot more than meets the eye. His and Elsa's romantic relationship happened a little quick for my liking but I definitely wasn't against it. Porzia and Faranz were extremely helpful companions. They went above and beyond for Elsa. Even the nonliving Casa was a fun and naughty wonder while Skandar, Faranz's creation, proved its worth. I'm hoping the secret pazzerellones society will come more into play in the next book as they barely made an appearance in this first installment. I was a little caught off guard by the ending because I thought Ink, Iron, and Glass was a standalone. My fault for not paying enough attention. While I wouldn't necessarily call it a cliffhanger ending it is an unfinished one leaving me with questions and an urge to ask Ms. Gwendolyn Clare to write faster. Please!
Date published: 2018-02-26

Editorial Reviews

"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 and 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