Review by Suze
For Ada and Corinne the Cast Iron club is their savior. They're hemopaths and being together with other's like them, creating something that makes people happy, is what they love. They can influence people's minds through their performances. Ada's ability involves music, Corinne is amazing with words and their best friend Saint can paint whatever he likes. They're working for a criminal named Johnny in exchange for a safe haven. They don't only earn money on stage, they also con people to give the club some much needed extra income.
Hemopaths aren't well liked. It's 1919 and through laws their freedom is being limited. There's even an asylum, a place especially designed to imprison hemopaths. They experiment on them too and most of the prisoners are never being set free again. Ada managed to escape though. After a job that went wrong she was brought there and what they did to her gives her nightmares. Even though she managed to find her way home, being in the Cast Iron club isn't safe any longer. What is happening to their close little group and to other hemopaths they know? Who's behind the horrors that are taking place?
Ada doesn't like conning people. She only does it when the person she cons has earned money in a dishonest way. She's a friendly girl and she tries to take care of everyone she loves. She's young, but she has a lot of responsibilities. Corinne has rich parents and they think she's going to boarding school. She's clever and bold and I liked her impulsiveness. She and Ada are a unity, together they are complete. The combination of their personalities works really well. Their friendship feels natural and for me that special bond is one of the main reasons I liked Iron Cast so much.
Iron Cast is a fantastic gripping story. I was hooked from the first sentence and couldn't put the book down. The atmosphere perfectly suits the time period it's set in. There are dark clubs, there's the fear of having to run a club when alcohol is prohibited and gangsters can get away with almost everything. It was easy to picture the settings and I loved every single scene. Destiny Soria's writing is vivid and the combination of a fast pace and a lot of adrenaline rushes makes the story come to life exceptionally well.
I'm a big fan of magical realism and therefore really liked Iron Cast. It's a spellbinding story with a fascinating historical background. I liked the idea of hemopaths, people with special abilities they can express through forms of art. An exclusive club and the year 1919 are terrific choices for this theme. Destiny Soria's sentences are beautiful and that also enhances the enchanting quality of her story. Iron Cast is a true gem, it's a captivating story with a lot of action and plenty of great surprises.
About Destiny Soria
When I was a little girl, I wrote a book entitled Horses of All Kinds (complete with illustrations and staple binding). I’ve been writing ever since, though with fewer crayons. I grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where I spent my summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess.
Since none of those were actual college majors, I settled on English, so that I could read and write to my heart’s content—and earn a degree while I was at it. After college, I ran away to New Zealand for seven months, where I only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. The rest of the time I backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison.
Nowadays I live and work in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL. In my spare time, I hula hoop badly, direct a Shakespearean web series called Shakes, and snuggle with my cat Sophie (named for the witch in Howl’s Moving Castle, of course).