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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review + Giveaway: Magpie's Song by Allison Pang

Title: Magpie's Song
Author: Allison Pang
Series: The IronHeart Chronicles #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Length: Novel (241 pages)
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Source: Free via Author
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Magpie's Song is book 1 in The IronHeart Chronicles. It's been a long while since I've read an Allison Pang book and I got really excited when I saw she had a new one coming out. This is a bit different from her other series, it's a Dystopian Fantasy with a Steampunk twist. The world building and characters were weaved expertly, and I found this book hard to put down.

We start off meeting Raggy Maggy, a 19 year old Moonchild that has a clockwork heart. Her and a friend are in the junkyard trying to meet their daily quota on scrap when they run into trouble with the Inquestors (think police). This eventually leads to Maggy in the care of a woman that deals in the black market as well as a doctor. They aren't taking care of poor injured Maggy from the kindess of their hearts though. Their plan is to figure out what is really causing the deadly illness aka "rot" that runs rampant throughout Brightstone and send Maggy into the Pits to gather information. The only issue is no one has been able to escape once they're sent there so it's going to be a challenge for sure.

Magpie's Song is an enthralling read. I thought the different tiers of class in the world were well done. You have the top people being the Meridians that live on a floating city. Then you have the people that live below in BrightStone, which are the normal humans and also Moonchildren. There were lots of little steampunk bits thrown in and the story kept my interested and flowed well. If you're a fan of Dystopian reads or Steampunk you'll love this new series!


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  1. Awesome review, Melissa. The author is new to me, as well as the genre. But I'll check it out. I'm planning to try new reads this month. :)

  2. Gonna have to tell the gals tonight (particularly Wendy) that you liked that. You should post the giveaway in the Cover Girls group. Several of them would like this!

  3. ooh...sounds fantastic here. I haven't read enough dystopian reads to satisfy me. Great review.

  4. I read a Pang one ages ago, I do want to try this one too

  5. Steampunk isn't really my genre but this does sound really good. Great review!

    1. It wasn't like full blown steampunk novels but there were several elements of it mixed in.

  6. I enjoy both Dystopian and Steampunk, and this looks very intriguing. Plus, the cover really catches my attention. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  7. I never read this genre before. This sounds interesting, I may consider adding this to my list.

  8. Sounds like an interesting one! First time I've seen it so thank ya :)