a curse of ash and iron

Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I like the creativity of this book. I found it very interesting and a really good read. It was an interesting take on Cinderella that I thought was unique and I loved the steam punk theme.

The characters were fun and the stortyline was exciting with good twists and turns. The ending could have been a little more polished for my liking but it was expected.

I liked the little bits of magic that were scattered about. The action was good and exciting it. There was points that made me smile, which is a sign of a good book.

Overall this was a great retelling with some great idea and I recommend this to anyone who likes fairytale retellings and or steampunk.

4 out of 5 stars

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