by Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #4
Published by: Harlequin
In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin. London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus. Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends. Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.
The Girl with the Windup Heart was a successful yet predictable finish to the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross. With two storylines, all of our favorite characters are present as Cross weaved danger, humor and romantic moments into a steampunk-filled finale.
It was nice to be back with Finley and the gang in London. Griffin is still struggling with seeing and hearing the Machinist. Jack is busy tending to Mila and trying to ignore his growing feelings for her. When men are being turned to ash, the gang sets off to stop this person and Griffin ends up being pulled into the Aether and becomes trapped. It was quite suspenseful. Finley of course goes into the Aether to retrieve him. This thread was fascinating and lose ends are tied up. Both Finley and Griffin show growth as their relationship strengthens.
The second story regarded the automation Mila who is turning human and living with Jack. She falls for Jack, and he hurts her. Who can blame her? Jack Dandy is well dandy. *waggles eyebrows* She sets out on her own and ends up in the West End at the circus. Lord Blackthorn is back and more despicable than ever. He is a thorn in Jack’s side and this thread captivated me.
Cross brought us plenty of gadgets, and trips to Aether to have fans of steampunk tingling. Finley is headstrong, and at times, her stubbornness made my eyes roll, but I adore her and Griffin together. Mila was such a joy! Her innocence, emotions and determination had me cheering. We see growth in Jack and even see him grovel. We already knew he was a softy, but getting more of his back-story was delightful.
I love the motley crew of characters, their abilities and the way they have become this misfit family. The Girl with the Windup Heart was a fitting end to the series, and I closed the book with a smile. Fans of the series will be satisfied despite the predictably.I shall miss them all.
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