Heart of Brass by Kate Cross

67%

11 Critic Reviews

the spy intrigue and other parts of the plot rely heavily on a cast of secondary characters. With the exception of Lucas' best friend Alastair, most of these characters never really sprang to life. The shadowy organization which captured Lucas never really felt real, and it's hard to determine who they are and what they aim to do aside from hating the Wardens. In addition, the pacing of the story felt a little rushed in parts of the second half
-All About Romance

Synopsis

Arden is an undercover agent for one of the most powerful organizations of this steam powered world—the Wardens of the Realm—a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England against evil.

Arden Grey enjoys a life most women in 1898 London can’t even dream of: She has the social status, wealth, and independence of a countess. She also has the ability to witness the final moments of a murder victim’s life. But ever since the disappearance of her husband, Lucas, none of this means anything to her. Until one night, when Arden spies a man watching her—a man she recognizes as her missing husband.

He’s been ordered to assassinate Arden as retribution for her part in the killing of a Company agent. Luke remembers nothing of his life before the Company, a corrupt agency that has erased his memory. Even so, he can't seem to complete his assignment. There is something familiar about his lovely target, something that attracts him, and fills him with dread. For he knows that if he doesn’t kill her, someone else will—and kill him as well.  
 

About Kate Cross

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Kate Cross is also USA Today bestselling author Kathryn Smith. She has published more than twenty novels, which have been translated into several foreign languages. Writing steampunk allows her to combine her love of fashion, history, and science fiction. As Kady Cross she writes steampunk young adult fiction, and as Kate Locke she writes urban fantasy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and five cats.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Signet. 398 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Heart of Brass
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill Smith

Riveting from beginning to end, this book is an exceptional launch to a series that is sure to provide pure escapist fun!

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Lynn Spencer

the spy intrigue and other parts of the plot rely heavily on a cast of secondary characters. With the exception of Lucas' best friend Alastair, most of these characters never really sprang to life. The shadowy organization which captured Lucas never really felt real, and it's hard to determine who they are and what they aim to do aside from hating the Wardens. In addition, the pacing of the story felt a little rushed in parts of the second half

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Fiction Vixen

Below average
Reviewed by Jen on May 03 2012

I am not sure I ever warmed up to Arden. Sometimes she felt to hard or closed off, to me. She always held the belief her husband is still alive. Doing this for almost seven years has taken a real toll on her and she has used methods that kind of bothered me.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Vey on Mar 01 2012

I absolutely could not put this book down. There was so much going on and I could truly picture London in that mechanical age. Arden’s inventions were fun and imaginative. Her strength during her trials was exciting to behold.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by Tori on May 14 2012

Heart Of Brass is an delightfully adventurous steampunk filled with riveting action, wicked spies, steamy romance, and an all star cast. Lush world building transports us to an exciting time where carriages and automations are beheld side by side.

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Book Binge

Good
Reviewed by Judith on Jul 30 2012

I found this novel to be a really terrific read and one that has successfully introduced me to this new kind of historical romance. It is beautifully written and clearly highlights the plight of women in 1898 in a number of areas as well as the underlying story of political intrigue that involved Arden's husband in a draconian plot to end her life--her assassin being her own husband.

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Night Owl Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Emireally on May 03 2012

She is a breath of fresh air, especially in a time where women were looked at as arm candy. I cannot wait to read book two of the Clockwork Agents series!

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Love To Read For Fun

Good
Reviewed by Ellie on May 14 2012

It has the perfect blend of 19th century England with all of the gadgets, technology and fashion that any steampunk fan will love.

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Minding Spot

Below average
Reviewed by Regina on Jun 20 2012

There was a plot line with Arden inventing a device that allows her to see what happens during the final moments of a person’s life, and she uses it to help solve some society murders. This was the weakest part of the book for me. I read 50 pages with no mention of the murders—and poof!—there they were again.

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Fang-tastic Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Patricia Matthews on May 28 2012

Their journey back to true love is compelling, as they both make mistakes, jump to erroneous conclusions, begin to work as a team, and finally learn to trust and love one another.

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Kimberly's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Kimmie on Sep 09 2012

I thought Heart of Brass was an all around great story! There was mystery, there was romance, and it was all set in a fascinating world.

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