This fourth installment in The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross focuses on Jack Dandy, the master criminal, and Mila, the part-human, part-automaton young woman rescued from The Machinist in book 3. In his efforts to protect Mila, Jack unintentionally breaks her heart. So Mila ventures out into the city seeking an independent life. Meanwhile Griffin King is still held captive in the Aethyr by The Machinist. Finley Jayne and the other members of King’s band of misfits fight to rescue him, drawing inexorably to dramatic showdown.
The premise behind these books is intriguing. King gathers around him a group of misfits, each with unusual special abilities. One of my favorite things about this series is that no one is the hero, saving everyone else. Everyone has to work together as a team in order to succeed. And the team grows with each book, with new members bringing unique talents and abilities to the group. In general, the romance is nicely balanced, only going a bit over the top in book 3. The Girl With the Windup Heart is another satisfying adventure in this fun series. I look forward to future books by Kady Cross.
I received a free digital advance copy through NetGalley in return for an honest review.