The Ire Of Iron Claw: Gadgets And Gears, Book 2 by Kersten HamiltonThe Ire Of Iron Claw: Gadgets And Gears, Book 2 by Kersten Hamilton

The Ire Of Iron Claw: Gadgets And Gears, Book 2

byKersten HamiltonIllustratorJames Hamilton

Paperback | May 24, 2016

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The Wild, Wild West meets Tom Swift: book two of an inventive series filled with history and cool scientific details.Hardcover edition:
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978-0-544-22502-2
Kersten Hamilton splits her time between her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her farm in Kentucky. To learn more, visit www.kerstenhamilton.com .   James Hamilton is an artist and designer who lives in San Mateo, California.
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Title:The Ire Of Iron Claw: Gadgets And Gears, Book 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.51 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544668545

ISBN - 13:9780544668546

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Thought the story line was pretty interesting. Would recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fav books This book is packed with action and a bit of romance. I would definitely recommend it to those who like historical fiction and drama. It's hard to put down!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Original Story This was a surprising read, right from the first chapter it draws you in wanting to find out more about the story. The story line was set a good place and there was lots of detail added to the story to make it easy to follow. I loved having the cheat sheet at the front of the book to who all the characters were since some of the names are hard to match with who they are, especially with the nuns at the convent. I can't wait to find out about more of the characters in the next two books!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So so so good! This is honestly one of my favourite books now! I'll admit it's a slow read but I found that there was still action because I'm super interested in the character development that occurred throughout the entire book. Hoping to start the sequel soon :) #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What do you say about a book that started off with a bang and ended with a big BOOM? This book kept me up all night, I could not put it down....the twist and turns in the storyline was like a roller coaster ride, the character's so well developed, they jumped off the pages. You would think a book over 500 pages would have some slow moments or detail that was just not necessary....NOT THIS BOOK it flowed with every page turned, not one moment I was not memorized with this story. I would recommend this book to everyone! And Love the cover too!!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes you in, and won't let you go! This book was the perfect mix of mystery, romance and era for me. I read in in 3 days, could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy it There was not enough action and it was very slow. There are way better books out there regarding assassins.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! I expected great things from this book and I was not disappointed! It was very intriguing and well written.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great story with accurate historical touches and references. The characters were extremely interesting and the chemistry between the two main characters interested me throughout the whole story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great novel It seemed as if I were actually in the past in this story-the detail and plot was amazing
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Love the story, I was hooked right from the start and couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good read! Great book in this series of three and dives more into the political tension and action of the country. Great read way better than my lame review writing skills make it sound!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! Great book about the power of women acting as spies, assassins, and political activists. I loved the action and intrigue in this book and the other two in this series and the little bit of romance kept things interesting.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series Robin Lefevers writes an interesting and new series about young women trained to be assassins for Death. Lovely historical fiction with characters youll love!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Robin Lafevers weaves an interesting plot with unforgettable characters. A good story line that is interesting and complex.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, Looking forward to the next one. Easy Read...
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah-ma-zing The romance, mystery, and historical aspect of the book was wonderfully written and reminded me very much of Graceling (one of my favourite books) and the Seven Realms Series (my favourite series of all time). I was very hooked in with the premise and was not disappointed. My only problem is that it was kind of hard to understand and keep up with since it is partly historical and had a lot of things going on. But other than that, this book has come to be one of my favourites.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool historical fantasy I am a little late beginning this trilogy, but I enjoyed the first book and it probably won’t take me too long to catch up. What I liked: The characters. Ismae is strong of spirit and is very observant and clever. She really developed and changed throughout the book. True, her position as an assassin is ruthless, and often times I questioned her bloodthirst, but she became more merciful and discovered a different path for herself. This part of the book is perfect, in my opinion. I don’t want to give too much else away about this. I also really liked Duval. He had a couple of rough moments, but nothing truly worrisome, and I appreciate that he wasn’t a jerk like so many YA love interests. He was noble and angry and smart and he tried very hard to make things work out for the best of everyone. Plus, he is a good big brother, and who can resist one of those? Another thing I appreciated was the use of actual history and political conflicts. It did make some aspects of the book predictable, but it was cool to think “Hey, I’m reading the dialogue of someone who actually existed.” One of the strongest points, and one that should have been played on far more, in my opinion, was the mythology of the nine old saints. This world building played on existing Celtic and Greco-Roman mythologies, but it was unique at the same time. One more thing I liked: the ending. So squee! What I disliked: Not enough mythology! This was one of the strongest parts of the story and it should have been more present. I was expecting this book to involve more of the supernatural and was disappointed that it didn’t. Also, the court stuff got a bit boring/confusing at times. It could have used some clearing up, and I think Lafevers could have done more to make us care about Brittany and not just the characters because the predicament, bad as it was, didn’t quite feel urgent enough. Also, although I ship Ismae and Duval, I think the love story was a bit too easy. Ismae was not trusting of men because they abused her, and then she spent three years in a convent away from any men. I don’t think she’d fall quite as easily as she did. The romance built slowly enough, but the attraction/stirrings were far too early. Last thing: a lot of telling and not enough showing. I grew a bit impatient/disinterested when Ismae simply stated what she was feeling. It distanced me from the story, I think. Overall, a pretty fresh book. I don’t quite think it deserves all the hype, but it’s worth checking out.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting I started reading this book and I COULD NOT put it down. I desperately needed to know how it was going to end. I feel like the plot could have been a little better and more unique, but it was so well written that almost didn't matter. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the Graceling series or the Hunger Games. An amazing read.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Grave Mercy was similar to Throne of Glass to me. Not so much in plot, which albeit did have some similarities, but in outline. Badass assassin girl gets sent on a mission to bring down some people, but ends up just wearing a lot of pretty dresses, playing politics she knows nothing about, and ultimately falling in love with the one who "saves" her from the life she was currently living. Don't get me wrong, if done well it can work, but I think the pitfall for Grave Mercy was that nothing really happened. Just like where many other first books fall short for me, it was heavy character development with the plot coming in second and the world building being non-existent. Ismae was so frustrating. She just blindly trusted the covenant and did as she was told. She never questioned anything, which would be fine EXCEPT the only reason she did start questioning the covenant was because they wanted her to kill Duval and his family. So, of course, when a man is involved you don't want to do what you have believed your whole life without question. I personally think it would have been better off that she never questioned anything and just did whatever she was told. I think that would have made for a better story, imo. But at the same time, I did like Duval. Gavriel Duval was a pretty great character, actually. He was loyal and dutiful to his sister and I loved every aspect of that. However, I do think that he was almost TOO perfect. He did everything wonderfully for all the women in his life (save his mother, I guess). I just felt as though everything that he did and had happen to him was too conveniently perfect. And do NOT get me started on how freaking ridiculous it was that [to save him from poision, Ismae had to have sex with him. Like come on. I am all for characters in YA books having sex, but at least give them a good, BELIEVEABLE reason to do so] Their romance was stunted to me. It felt forced upon the reader and I did not think the chracters actually had that much chemistry. Yes, they were in each other's faces some times, but I did not think they were around each other enough or communicating enough to fall in love the way they did. My heart did melt at Duval's quote at the end. But really I didn't see it. I would have said that Ismae could have just as easily ended up with de Lorney or Beast as with Duval. The narrative didn't naturally lead me to believe that the two of them would be together. The world building was a little lacking for me. I know the majority of the history (although I was taught it a long time ago so I am a little rusty on it) but the author's note at the end cleared up some stuff. I would actually suggest reading that first because then you get a sense of what is happening and why the conflict is there. I understand that it is a historical fiction-fantasy novel and it is set in actual events, but outlining that a tad more at the beginning would have helped clear that up for people who don't know the particular history of Brittany. And I don't mean in an info-dump. There was ample opportunity to drop a bit more information than what was given to allow the reader a fuller picture of the time period, the conflict, and what exactly Ismae needed to do. I also want to mention that I understand girls can be bamfs just by demonstrating their feelings or being vulnerable but when the premise is that she is an assassin, I do expect her to assassinate more than three people in a book. #sorrynotsorry Overall: 3/5 stars. I was a little disappointed with this one because Iwas expecting an action packed display of assassinations and bamfness. But I did not get that.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRAVE MERCY This book is amazing, it had everything I loved inside of it romance,vioence,betrayel... It was a non-stop page turner, I actually woke up at 1am just to read 3 chapters So I sugest to anyone who wants a great read and wants to ger lost in the weldof the midevil times
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth it. Picture assassins. Picture deadly nuns. Picture intrigue and political games worthy of Game of Thrones. And then stop picturing it. This is a book for people who thought Throne of Glass was a novel about assassins too. I felt very let down by the promise of this book. It could and did start off great. The characters at the convent are intriguing. The friendship so rarely seen in YA is fantastic. But then the rest of the book kills it. The supposed assassin goes to court to figure out which enemies of the Royal family to kill. She actually spends a good chunk of her time staring around rooms at people in the wild hopes she will just happen to see the "marque" that signifies her God wants her to kill someone. She blunders through investigations and is too distracted by the dashing young courtier she had been assigned to watch to bother noticing obvious clues. The romance is grating and unsubtle. A case of lust being wildly mistaken for love. She almost literally falls for the first man she is around outside the convent she has been in for three years. Which I guess explains her desperation, but still. Have some dignity, woman. The only bright side was the plot twist, which gets resolved and almost immediately, so does everything else. Which was a little took convenient, but okay. I'd pass on this series.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series! I enjoyed the series. All 3 books were well written & exciting from beginning to end. It has been a while since I read a book & couldn't guess what was coming next in the story - but all 3 books have surprised me. Worth the read.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great concept! Entertaining easy read :-)
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Son's favourite book! We've been reading red truck to my son since he was just under a year old... A year and a half later it's still his absolute favourite!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than The First! I read Grave Mercy last year and I loved it. I was pretty excited for Dark Triumph and when I received a surprise copy for review I was so happy I did a little dance in the street. Don't judge me. Well I finally got to read it and I loved it even more than Grave Mercy. Dark Triumph follows around Sybella this time and there is less politics and more personal story this time. Which I think is one of the reasons I liked this one so much more. Sybella had run away from home and gone to the convent to escape her evil father (is he ever evil) and the convent sends her back to his household to be a spy. Who better than family? Someone who will be allowed free reign in the household. Her father doesn't really trust anyone though, he is of course D'Albert. All Sybella wants is to kill him, he's evil and deserves it, but she never sees a marque on him. She begins to lose faith in Mortain, since he is allowing such evil to live and is debating even going against her god to ger her vengeance. Then there is Beast, the love interest. I can't help but like him. He's a warrior with a soft spot and he make a great team with Sybella when they are travelling. The two of them together are extremely deadly. Once again, Robin LaFevers writes amazing scenes that you can get lost in, characters that you love, others you hate and takes you on a ride that keeps you wanting more. I just love her writing style so much! This is not a small book, about 400 pages, and I found myself tearing through it. I'm slightly disappointed that I have to wait so long for the next book! This is one of the best series that I've ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, or even anyone looking to try something new.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars Meggie highly recommended this book to me and even though I knew she liked historical fiction and I didn't, I gave it a chance because she liked Ismae a lot... and I'm glad I did. I didn't like part that she has a huge scar on her back and can't undress in front of anybody. I mean, the biggest asset you have when you're a female assassin during those times is your body, charm, and beauty. Being a woman is a powerful thing and it would have made more sense if that was the very first thing the covenant taught their assassins. Just batting your eyes, smiling, and giggling can make a guy fall head over heels and not think of you as danger. She didn't even know what she was feeling when Gavriel touches her when in fact, she should have been trained especially in this area. And how can she bed men and spy around when she can't even undress in front of anybody? It was also kind of boring at times and it was a very long read. Definitely not a YA book, as most young adults wouldn't finish it. I kept falling asleep reading the first half - literally two nights ago I couldn't sleep and I was restless so I thought it would be a good idea to read a bit more of this book so I could fall asleep, and I did! There are also times when I had to whip out my dictionary - thank god for Kobo making it easier for me, just highlight the word and dictionary will open up. It was also frustrating when Ismae spent more time talking about all those cool weapons o
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath taking sequel! What a beautiful sequel! I loved Grave Mercy so much I didn’t even bother to read the description for Dark Triumph. So it was a pleasant surprise when I realized I was in for yet another totally unique adventure. Whereas Grave Mercy was the story of Ismae, Dark Triumph turns the lens to Sybella and her adventures. Even though her appearance was rather brief in Grave Mercy (in the grand scheme of things) I found Sybella incredibly interesting. She was broken and angry and you wanted to know why. We come to her in Dark Triumph long after her training is completed. The covenant has sharpened her anger and thirst for justice and turned her into a dangerous killing machine. But then they send her right back to the place it all started. To the man that caused all that damage – her father. Dark Triumph is a personal story. It deals with questions of trust and family and guilt. You’ll often find yourself wondering if Sybella will ever truly be able to move past the sins of her father. I think despite the extreme nature of Sybella’s situation the internal obstacles she faces regarding her perceived guilt and her instincts to distance herself from those who may love her are not unfamiliar ones. They’re themes many people will be able to relate to in varying degrees. Since Dark Triumph is more of a personal journey it takes its time to unfold. It reveals all its twists and surprises when it’s good and ready too. The action heavy scenes – those ones that generally make the pages fly – are few and far between. Though I really enjoyed the sort of slow burn that is Dark Triumph, I have to admit I didn’t lose myself as completely as I did with Grave Mercy. Grave Mercy captured my heart right away and I read it all in one sitting (all 549 pages). Dark Triumph on the other hand took me a couple of days. It’s not a book you can binge on. It’s a book you need to set aside time for and dig into bit by bit. Recommendation: Dark Triumph is yet another example of Robin LaFevers brilliant writing. It’s beautiful and layered. There’s action, deceit, murder and a little bit of unexpected romance. There’s no middle book syndrome here, no useless filler. LaFevers has earned a place on my list of favourite writers for life. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flight of Phoenix Great I like these books! (8 year old son)
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flight of Phoenix Great I like these books! (8 year old son)
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flight of Phoenix Great I like these books! (8 year old son)
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Flight of Phoenix Great I like these books! (8 year old son)
Date published: 2013-02-16

Editorial Reviews

The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers-especially the mechanically and electronically inclined." -Kirkus Praise for The Mesmer Menace: Gadgets and Gears, Book One Winter 2013-14 Kids' Indie Next List "Fast paced and funny, with plenty of alliteration and word definitions provided by Noodles, it carries hints of both Lemony Snicket's wordplay and the absurdity of M. T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series. . . . Young, precocious readers and older readers looking for a shorter read will enjoy this first title in the Gadgets and Gears series." -Booklist "