“Heart of Brass”
Clockwork Agents #1
by Kate Cross
Nikki’s Rating: 7 out of 10
Summary: After 7 years of hoping that he was still alive, Arden Grey sees her husband with her own eyes, as he tries to kill her. Luke remembers nothing of their love or anything before he was Five, an agent for the Company. Working for the Wardens, the Company’s sworn enemy, Arden must find a way to get Luke to remember her and their life or risk them having to say goodbye forever.
7 Homely Things about Kate Cross’s “Heart of Brass”
(May Contain Spoilers)
1. Arden Grey
Incredibly smart, Arden is not only employed as a woman but is an inventor. This woman has no problems telling the status quo to f-off and to take matters in her own hands. Even with her husband back in her life, she does not allow him to tell her what she can or cannot do.
“Heart of Brass” had the unique premise of the main hero and heroine already being married, just estranged.
Character development was done well and realistic that both Arden and Luke would be different after 7 years. It was a pleasure watching them fall in love and find their way back to each other again while still being who they are.
Kate Cross gives an honest view of marriage, it is never perfect and entails forgiveness and a lot of compromises.
The Clockwork Agents series takes place in 1898 London with added steampunk elements creating a vibrant, interesting setting.
6. Happy Ending
“Heart of Brass” was an overall imaginative and riveting story that came to a touching, happy conclusion.
7. Touch of Steel
Thankfully Kate Cross’s steampunk Clockwork Agents series continues in “Touch of Steel.”