It’s 1919 – WWI has recently ended, Prohibition is about to pass, and hemopaths have been outlawed from using their abilities. Their “afflicted” blood, repelled by iron, gives them the power create realistic illusions or evoke emotions through art.
Best friends and hemopaths Ada and Corinne have found refuge in the Iron Cast, a club run by Johnny Dervish that continues to hold illegal hemopaths shows. They are a dynamic and commanding team. Ada uses her violin to coax emotions from people while Corinne’s poetry builds them illusions or recreates memories.
But after Ada is caught and imprisoned, things at the club start to unravel. The girls search for answers, but the people determined to hunt and eliminate hemopaths are getting closer and closer to finding them.
Iron Cast finds its heart in the friendship between Ada and Corinne. Their bond defines them, and it brings life to the novel. Through their eyes, we see the magic and danger of their world. They’re a friendship of contrasts—Corinne, the center of attention, and Ada the quiet strength always beside her—and that contrast gives depth to them both and to novel.
The shared narration is one of the most significant parts of the novel, not only because of the freedom of storytelling it gives Soria, but also because of the way it brings different perspectives and emotions to the pages.
One of the greatest things about fiction is how it can be used as a metaphor for current situations. It is the lie through which we tell the truth. Iron Cast gives us that lie through jazz music, art that builds vivid illusions, and an America about to enter the roaring twenties. Underneath that, it gives us the truth.
Even though Iron Cast is in an alternate 1919 America, the social issues are prevalent and relevant. From Ada’s blackness, Saint’s sexual orientation, Ada and Corinne’s place in a male-dominated world to the fictional anti-hemopath movement, Iron Cast doesn’t shy away from addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, or ableism. These are ugly truths of the world, and Iron Cast shows that.
Even more than that though, it shows hope. It’s filled with not only the promise, but the demand, for something better. The world is not as it should be, but there can be no doubt that we’ll get there.
With diverse and unique characters, an ode to the power of art, and a friendship that will change the world, Iron Cast is an epic read that shouldn’t be missed.
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2016