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YA Historical Fantasy Audiobook Review: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria 

Audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose "afflicted" blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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 The year is 1919. Boston on the verge of Prohibition is teeming with hemopaths: people with magical talents which develop suddenly in their teens, and a strong aversion to iron. Corinne and Ada - two sixteen year-olds work in an underground club Cast Iron as its star performers, but six months ago using their talents became illegal, and they rely more and more on tricking crooks to part with their money to keep the club which is their safe haven afloat.

Both girls are very different but suit each other well. Corinne's talent is weaving illusions through reading poetry aloud. She comes from a posh family which flits from one high society event to another to strengthen their power base, and they are known for their anti-hemopaths stance. Ada can coax any emotion she wants and fog people's memories through her music. She is half-Portuguese, half Swahili and came to Johnny, their boss to keep her momma afloat while her father is serving time in prison wrongly accused of stealing the money from work. Ada is reserved and doesn't part with her own emotions easily, instead hoarding them almost to her own detriment. 

When hemopaths start disappearing from the streets of Boston, rumours place them in Havesham asylum for afflicted of the blood where they are allegedly tortured and experimented upon. Corinne and Ada are forced to find out for themselves if there is any truth in it which almost costs them their lives, and soon both girls and their friends are fighting for their survival and the future of their kind while trying to keep their club from getting shut.

Iron Cast is undoubtedly character-driven book, and the girls with their supporting cast of Gabriel, Saint, Charlie, Madelaine and James are fantastic. At the same time, the world-building and the writing style reminded me of Mary Robinette Kowal's historical fantasies, and Libba Bray's The Diviners.

This is an atmospheric read, full of slang of the era and gorgeous poetry which comes to life beautifully under the narrator's touch. It also didn't shy away from the topics of violence, racism and inequality, while keeping the book clean sex-wise. It had this wry, sarcastic feel to it, and I will definitely keep an eye on this author in the future. Recommended.

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Год 1919-й, и Бостон кишит гемопатами - людьми с магическими талантами и неприятием железа, которые приобрелись ими внезапно в подростковом возрасте.

Шесть месяцев назад применение их талантов стало нелегальным в Бостоне, и жизнь главных героинь - Коринны и Эйды, значительно ухудшилась. Они - звёзды в подпольном клубе гемопатов ""Чугун", где гемопаты выступают на сцене.

Эйда с помощью музыки манипулирует эмоциями людей и может затуманить им кратковременную память, а Коринна создаёт иллюзии, читая стихи вслух. Они также очищают карманы мошенников во власти в дневное время по указу гангстера-босса, чтобы держать клуб на плаву.

Когда гемопаты начинают исчезать с улиц Бостона, слухи помещают  тех в стены Хавешама - санатория для гемопатов, в подвалах которого над ними проводят нелегальные эксперименты. Коринна и Эйда, пытаясь избежать подобной судьбы, невольно докапываются до правды и борятся изо всех сил, чтобы выжить и изменить будущее гемопатов.

Прекрасное историческое фэнтези, дамы и господа! Оно напомнило мне по стилю Мэри Робинэтт Ковал и Либбу Брэй. Характеризация главных героинь - сильнейшая часть сюжета. Коринна и Эйда такие яркие и разные, но очень друг другу подходят. 

Коринна прячется от своей богатой, влиятельной семьи, презирающей гемопатов, однако она дерзка, остра на язык и очень любит свою криминальную жизнь на острие ножа. Эйда более сдержанна и спокойна. Она работает на своего босса-гангстера, чтобы удержать свою суахили-мать на плаву, пока её отец-португалец отбывает срок в тюрьме, несправедливо обвинённый в воровстве денег с места работы. Она держит свои эмоции при себе и не поддаётся импульсам, что очень часто ей вредит.

Второстепенные персонажи тоже запоминающиеся - Гэйбриэл, Сэйнт, Чарли, Мадэлин и Джеймс. Книга не чурается тем жестокости, кровавых схваток, расизма и неравенства, и в то же время избегает тем сексуальных. Рассказчица прекрасно передаёт атмосферу, полную слэнга времени, саркастичных интонаций и шикарной поэзии. Колоритно, слушается быстро, беру этого автора на заметку.
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