Title: Mist, Metal and Ash
Author: Gwendolyn Clare
Sequel to: Ink, Iron, & Glass
Date Started: April 13
Date Finished: April 16
Format: ebook from the digital library
In an alternate 19th-century Italy, Elsa has an incredible gift: she can craft new worlds with precise lines of script written in books. But political extremists have stolen the most dangerous book ever scribed―one that can rewrite the Earth itself. Now Elsa must track down the friend who betrayed her and recover the book before its destructive power is unleashed. Can she handle the secrets she’ll uncover along the way―including the ones hiding in her own heart?
From what I could remember of Ink, Iron, & Glass, I was looking forward to the sequel because I found the original world so compelling. It was a nice change of pace for me; historical fiction with a little bit of fantasy and science fiction thrown in. But what I got from Mist, Metal, & Ash was not the same thing. Yes, the world was further expanded on. Elsa is hell bent on trying to fix her mistake and not only get the editbook back but her friend (and maybe even something more) Leo back as well. Although, her and her other friends aren’t sure if Leo is worth rescuing because of his betrayal at the end of the previous novel. The journey to get there takes forever, and when Elsa does inflitrate Leo’s father’s home, the things that she does to get what she wants were actually a little bit disturbing. Kissing the brother to gain his trust? Yikes. I wasn’t a big fan of that at all.
If this book had been wrapped together with Ink, Iron, & Glass, I think I would have liked it better. As a separate sequel, I felt that a lot of time was wasted on Elsa trying to track Leo down and not enough time on the ultimate conclusion, since according to Clare this is supposed to be a duology. And now that I’m really thinking about it, a lot of things were completely left open. Like what happens to Elsa now? What about the deal that Porzia is making with the Order? And Leo’s brother Arias? And Leo himself? Hm…
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. This book was left too open ended to be considered just a duology. The final events at the end felt too rushed and the ending was almost a little bit too easy – almost because of what Leo had to do. I hate when sequel fall flat of the originals!
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