Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass

Can she write a world gone wrong?A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is fo...

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Title:Ink, Iron, and Glass
Author:Gwendolyn Clare
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Edition Language:English

Ink, Iron, and Glass Reviews

  • Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

    A vibrant creative alternate world with mechanists, alchemists, and scriptologists populating the streets of an alt-Pisa and even stranger worlds beyond

    that. A rich and inventive story; some of the finer magical aspects may be unexplained but the excellent characters and the strong plotting compensate. There is a lot of imagination at play here and I also super enjoyed this various dispositions of this cast -- how they complemented, contrasted, and challen

    A vibrant creative alternate world with mechanists, alchemists, and scriptologists populating the streets of an alt-Pisa and even stranger worlds beyond

    that. A rich and inventive story; some of the finer magical aspects may be unexplained but the excellent characters and the strong plotting compensate. There is a lot of imagination at play here and I also super enjoyed this various dispositions of this cast -- how they complemented, contrasted, and challenged one another.

    Clare has created a promising start to a uniquely memorable series with new magic systems and alternate history at work within it.

  • Lisa

    ETA: So glad I picked this up. The action picked up immediately, and I saw new depth with the characters. Plus, wow, some surprises that I'm still reeling from!

  • Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept gripped me right from the start. How awesome

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept gripped me right from the start. How awesome and complex it would be. And I was immediately intrigued to see how Gwendolyn Clare would handle such a big idea. And I have to say, she handled it really well. I loved that she didn't water the idea of writing a world into existence. She embraced how complicated and complex it would be. You have to make it livable world. If you create a world that does not support air, then everyone in that world would die. Same with gravity, warmth, food. Creating a world was not just about writing flowery descriptions of the rolling hills and beautiful field of flowers. Your coding had to back up with a world that was actually inhabitable. And I loved that. That also meant that the start of the book is a little dense. In a good way. There is a lot going on in the world of Ink, Iron, and Glass. 

    Ink, Iron, and Glass is a book that really builds as it goes on. It was a book that just kept getting better and better. By the time I was done, I didn't want it to end. I loved the whole gang of characters. We follow Elsa who is on a quest to find her worldbook, after her home world was attacked. Elsa is a special kind of person and soon she finds herself a group of people who have abilities like she does. The group home kind of reminded me of refuge for masterminds, but with a magical element. They are called pazzerellones, and it was here that the steampunk elements of the story really came to life. I loved watching Elsa interact with people who were gifted either mechanically, or able to perform alchemy or scriptology, like she could. They set off to help her find her wolrd book, and they become entwined in something much larger than they expected. I loved the politics and all of the secrets.

    Ink, Iron and Glass combines so many elements that I love in a fantasy. It has great characters, a really cool science and magic system, and a great plot line. The world itself was my favorite part of the novel. I just could not get enough of Scriptology. I really appreciate how much time and detail Gwendolyn Clare went into. She describes the world structure very well, which gave me a really solid foundation while I was reading. And then the adventure she sends the characters on was great. I loved some of the twists and secrets that were revealed, and I really liked the friendships that were formed. I was so happy to see positive friendships come from the group of pazzerellones. 

    Ink, Iron and Glass is a fantastic debut novel, filled with magic, politics, intrigue, magic and a really fascinatingly complex world. This novel had me thinking all kinds of fantastical things. I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy of this one as well. The cover is stunning. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book. I am excited to see how this duology wraps up.  This is a book you want to keep on your radar for sure.

  • Ishmeen

    3.5/5 stars!!! The world building in this book is absolutely amazing y’all and the plot was just so unique?? what a nice change from your typical YA fantasy honestly bless 👏🏻 I wouldn’t say I loved this book since the characters and complexity of the plot could use some work but I hope that’s what the next books in the series are for ~

  • Carlos

    Meh is all I can muster for this book, great idea and a lot of potential but the execution left a lot to be desired, it didn’t work at least for me , I thought the author could have done a lot more to expand the characters and explore the world she created in this book, instead there were moments when you forgot what you were reading and who was who. It wasn’t a horrible book , it just didn’t work for me because of its format and choice for a plot , I will still read its sequel to see whether th

    Meh is all I can muster for this book, great idea and a lot of potential but the execution left a lot to be desired, it didn’t work at least for me , I thought the author could have done a lot more to expand the characters and explore the world she created in this book, instead there were moments when you forgot what you were reading and who was who. It wasn’t a horrible book , it just didn’t work for me because of its format and choice for a plot , I will still read its sequel to see whether the author decided to explore more of this world in the next book.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    2.5 stars. Ok let me start with leaving the book description here because HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND:

    2.5 stars. Ok let me start with leaving the book description here because HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND:

    I started the book like

    but that quickly turned into

    I went into this with a lot of anticipation, which might have been a mistake because it reallllly wasn't what I was expecting. The overall execution definitely could have been more exciting and I felt like the writing style was blocking me from getting into the story. So my enthusiasm vanished pretty quickly, BUT I still liked some parts. The diverse characters, wonderful quotes at the top of each chapter, and the clever way to make an alternate history were great.

    This book reminded me a bit of The Reader by Traci Chee at times, so if you liked that then maybe you'll have fun with this one too! It's definitely a slow start, though, so maybe knowing that could help you get into the story more.

  • Rachael

    One of my least favorite things in the world is when I read a book that I self-hyped so much in my mind and then the actual product monumentally disappoints.

    And

    is the PERFECT example, so I guess it's good for something after all :')

    What makes it worse is that this book has the kind of concept that could work on pretty much

    . A steampunk novel where the main character is a character in a world that became sentient?? And she creates worlds but then her world gets d

    One of my least favorite things in the world is when I read a book that I self-hyped so much in my mind and then the actual product monumentally disappoints.

    And

    is the PERFECT example, so I guess it's good for something after all :')

    What makes it worse is that this book has the kind of concept that could work on pretty much

    . A steampunk novel where the main character is a character in a world that became sentient?? And she creates worlds but then her world gets destroyed and she’s stuck in 19th Century Europe and has to try and find her way back?? I would read this book, go see this movie, binge-watch this TV show, and play this video game Every. Single. Time.

    But, alas. This book is just. Bad.

    First off, these Victorian Europe characters were born sounding like they were born in the 90s. The 1990s. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have noticed if they hadn’t switched from sounding modern to sounding like actual legitimate characters from a historical fiction novel back to modern so many times. It was sooo choppily written and extremely jarring and I feel like my mind and my ears have to sleep for a thousand years to get the sound of this dialogue out of my brain.

    Also this book has highkey one of the most annoying cases of instalove I have ever read in a novel and ohhh my goshhh I want to die just thinking about it. I’m talking full on

    and I mean honestly I’m just so sick of this crap loll.

    I can’t wait for death

    This book also did a whole lot of telling and not showing. It made the exposition almost as choppy as the dialogue.

    Okay – and here’s the thing. I feel weird and reluctant calling out a steampunk/alt-history novel for historical inaccuracies, but listen. Usually in steampunk, the technology that is incorporated is some new invention, or it’s modern-day technologies with some sort of anachronistic twist, but this book just took random, plain ol’ modern day inventions without any twist and shoves them into the story (e.g. radial saws and flamethrowers). And sure, there’s some pretty basic and two-dimensional robots and a sentient household, but instead of invoking the wonder and fangirling that steampunk novels usually do in me, I was just bored. The world-building and technological aspects are just weak.

    Another thing about the historical inaccuracies – a lot of this book (or, at least, a lot of the part that I read), takes place in Sardinia, and there is absolutely no mention of Sardo, the Sardinian Language. Though many citizens spoke Italian at the time, Sardo was still a main language and the idea that there is absolutely no mention of it when de Vries and Elsa arrive in Sardinia and Elsa is learning Italian seems less like a minor alternate-history decision and more like weak writing. Literally all you have to do is google “what language do they speak in Sardinia.” It’s not that hard to avoid linguistic errors like this.

    Also, and by no means is this a Frozen knockoff, but I Legitimately Cannot Physically Read the name Elsa without thinking of Idina Menzel hiding out in an ice castle.

    Plus, and this definitely isn’t a Rick Riordan knockoff, but when I hear of a character named Leo who has curly hair and is a mechanic I am incapable of picturing anyone else besides Leo Valdez. The Leo in this book is Leo Valdez now.

    So, bottom line is I would probably skip this one unless you are REALLY into steampunk and will read even the super crappy ones. This was not a good novel and it did not fill my fantasy craving. I’m disappointed.

    idk if it's just because I'm tired but this book is kind of pissing me off and it's past midnight and I have finals to study for and I just don't have the energy so./ this may be back on my currently reading shelf tomorrow morning who knows?? I certainly don't

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Ooo pretty cover! I like it =D

  • mith

    BLESSED BE THE POWERS THAT DECIDED THAT THE OXFORD COMMA STAYS IN THE TITLE.

    i don't know who you are, but i love u.

  • Lior

    This book sounds AMAZING

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