Three months of OwlCrate boxes have been delivered and that means I am here today to review the March book, Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ahsley Poston.
While I haven’t any read of Poston’s previous novels, including last year’s smash hit Geekerella (Starfield #1), I was excited to pick up Heart of Iron because of the real life events it is based upon, the life, death, and ‘resurrection’ of Anastasia Romanov.
Did I enjoy Poston’s take on the supposed escape and possible survival of Anastasia in Heart of Iron? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 27, 2018)
Print Length: 480 pages
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
Heart of Iron is an excellent sci-fi debut full of action, high-stakes politics, and more romance than you can shake a stick at.
Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) tells the sci-fi tale of Ana, DO9, Robb and Jax as they come together to find the lost ship Tsarina in hopes of recovering absent technology, unaccounted loved ones, and maybe, just maybe, a forgotten past.
The world building in Heart of Iron, while good, left me wanting just a little more. Don’t get me wrong, Poston was great at writing the politics in this book, very reminiscent of its Russian counterpart. And yet, I wanted more context where it came to the religion strung through out the novel, and hope that this is built upon in future novels. Also, I really want to know what the heck was up with Robb and his academy days. There was a lot hinted as to what happened to get Robb expelled, and yet it wasn’t explicitly mentioned as to what your lead to believe actually happened.
The characters, however, is where Heart of Iron truly shines. I couldn’t boast about my love for these characters without first pointing out how diverse each of them were. Ana is described as having darker skin with burns on her face that she embraces. Both Robb and Jax are homosexual. And all of the side characters are racially diverse, making Heart of Iron one of the most diverse reads I’ve had the pleasure of picking up. Besides diversity, this book boasts two of the cutest romances I’ve read within a sci-fi setting. First we have Ana and Do9. While I liked this relationship I must admit, at times, it was hard for me to take it seriously given that one is human and the other AI. I guess if you don’t think about it too hard this tiny flaw can fall by the weigh side. The other romance is between Robb and Jax, and let me tell you, if you like angsty romance, you’ll ship these two hard.
All I can conclude this review with is the ending to Heart of Iron was explosive, making the wait for Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) all that much harder.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston. Have any high fantasy space opera reads you think I should check out? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.