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Ink, Iron, and Glass

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Science, romance, alt-history mix in genre-bending tale.

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Clockwork bugs, swordplay, alchemy, flamethrowers, monster machines, virtual reality, politics, romance -- you've seen it all before, but rarely in such a genre-bending gallop to the cliff's edge. Ink, Iron, and Glass takes readers to a steampunk-ish 19th century Italy where history's taken a different turn, an arch-villain has his own plans on the subject, and a girl from another world finds herself dealing with romance in this one:

"He was like a fine piece of clockwork that had been carelessly dropped too many times, the delicate gears jarred apart so they spun and spun but never connected. Broken. ... Oh, how she itched to open his chest and set the gears straight again. The thought surprised her; she'd often felt the urge to fix objects, but this sudden desire to fix a person ... where did that come from?"

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