Heart of Brass by Kate Cross

Barbara Vey -- March 1st, 2012

It’s always such a battle for me.  “What should I read next?”  There are so many books to choose from, but I really wanted something different, a genre I don’t read often and an author I never read.  So I picked up Heart of Brass by Kate Cross.  This steampunk book should fit my requirements.

Arden Grey is a very modern woman.  It’s London in 1898, but through unusual circumstances she’s able to live as she likes even though she is single.  Her specialty is helping the police solve crimes by using a device she invented to see the last moments of life through the eyes of a murder victim.  Her only regret is her missing husband of seven years.  Once an assassin sets his sights on her, the mysteries really start to pile up.

I hate sounding so cliche, but 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.  I love discovering a new to me author and next time I won’t pass the name Kate Cross by unnoticed.  Adventurous and arousing.  More steampunk, please.

As a side note, when I went to Kate Cross’ webpage, I saw that she also writes under the name Kathryn Smith, so not new to me under that name.  But I’d still like me some more Kate Cross.

Bottom Line:  Don’t forget the 5th Anniversary Party starts Monday!

41 thoughts on “Heart of Brass by Kate Cross

  1. Stephanie Scott

    WOW – The Anniversary blog party came up QUICK! I was thinking April for some reason.

    I like the sound of this book but I would never peg it for steampunk based on the cover. That’s too bad; the cover is decent but it looks historical (well, modern historical – like a current model playing dress-up), but not even an inkling of steampunk does this book a disservice. I wish more authors had control over their book’s cover art.

    1. Christine T.

      it’s a fictional variant of cyberpunk–a genre mash-up of sci fi, fantasy, and alternate history set during the steam-powered Victorian era. If you really want an expanded explanation, check out Wikipedia.

  2. Kate Cross

    Barbara, thank you for such a lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It was so fun to write, and I really feel like I wrote the kind of characters I like to read.

    Stephanie, if you get a chance to look at a larger version of the cover, you’ll see a few Steampunk elements. Signet was trying to get away from the usual ‘dark’ look of steampunk covers and add a more romance feel to it. However, I’ll pass your concerns on!

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