Heart of Iron (The Iron Kingdom, #1)

by Ashley Poston

3.53 of 5 stars 15 ratings • 12 reviews • 46 shelved
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Heart of Iron (The Iron Kingdom, #1)

by Ashley Poston

3.53 of 5 stars 15 ratings • 12 reviews • 46 shelved

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?

  • ISBN13 9780062652850
  • Publish Date 27 February 2018
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 480
  • Language English


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Nessa Luna 4 of 5 stars
An Anastasia retelling, in space? Sign me UP! I love it when books are surprising, and Heart of Iron was certainly a surprising book. It went in a way I had not expected it would go and that made me enjoy it just a bit more. For a moment, about halfway through, I was afraid it was going to disappoint because Ana got revealed as being the lost heir already, I had not expected that to happen until the end but the story picked up SO MUCH after this.

I loved all the characters (especially Jax and Robb), I loved the relationships, and I really loved the Anastasia/Romanov influences throughout the story. If you loved the animated movie and if you love reading about the actual Romanovs, I recommend you try this book out!

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DNF. Predictable. Just didn’t really care. Put it down and never picked up again (and I just can’t seem to make myself try). Got about halfway through.

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bgsbooks18 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It has given me a new out look on SiFi books. It had a few parts in the book that I would have never guessed. I look forward to reading the next book. I would highly recommended If you want to get into SiFi books.

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I have really mixed feelings about Heart of Iron. As an Anastasia retelling, I thought it did an excellent job, but it comes back again to romantic relationships muddling up the plot. This is a huge pet peeve of mine and while it's more common in YA, it happens in adult novels as well. In the case of Heart of Iron, the twist at the end relied on a romantic relationship that had a good foundation, but developed in such a clunky way that I wasn't feeling it at all. Because the story relied so much on this relationship, I found my interest waning from time to time.

On the other hand, behind one odd relationship and another instalove one, there was a really interesting story here, and it kept me reading. The world building is really great and left me wanting more. We see bits and pieces of a space pirate's life, and a smattering of life in the Royal Palace, but not nearly enough to satiate. It's possible these settings and the political and cultural backgrounds will be more fleshed out in the second book - or, at least, I hope so, because these were my favorite parts. I feel like the history of this world and what happened during the Plague offers a whole story in itself, and that's what I'd like to see.

I think Heart of Iron will appeal to the general YA audience, complete with its mushy love story, dire betrayal, and swashbuckling infiltrations. I think Ashley Poston has a lot to offer this genre... I just want to see MORE of the things she didn't give us... and maybe fewer feelings?

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emruth13 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book! I did forget it was described as "Anastasia in Space!" but quickly figured out what the deal with Ana was. I loved the different POVs and was engrossed by the end. I can't wait for the next book to see how they deal with everything!

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This is such a beautiful looking book. I was hoping the story would live up to the cover but alas not. First of all, there were a crazy amount of typos in this book. Not sure if it was the Owlcrate version or the book but it was annoying to come across so many. The story had way too many narrators for my taste. I didn't enjoy jumping around between the main 4. It made it too difficult to connect with anyone. The characters felt shallow. I didn't really get to know them. The bare bones of the story were entertaining enough. I could pick out the pieces of Anastasia. Ultimately underwhelming and I've read better AI/human ~romances~ this year.

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Minx 4 of 5 stars
I love stories that have multiple points of view and this story has POV’s from all the main characters. I felt that every character was developed and infused with such personality. They were all distinct and I loved getting to know each one. I know everyone was super excited that this story was being pitched as reminiscent of Anastasia in a space setting but that was not the draw for me. I liked the story of Anastasia, although it was never my favorite, BUT if I had to choose a favorite rendition then Heart of Iron would absolutely be it!

What drew me to this story initially was the cover. It is just so interesting to look at and it also reminds me of a tulip bud which is one of my favorite flowers. The writing style of this story was what made me love it though. I felt that all the relationships that were built were just heart-warming and that the entire plot with the metals, the hive, and the conspiracy was just so very cool! There were many twists that I was not expecting and a few events that took place really grabbed my heart. I wish the ending didn’t turn out the way that it did but I guess that is also what will keep me hanging on for the sequel. That is a not so subtle request for a sequel by the way, lol.

If you are indeed a fan of the story of Anastasia then this book will be a welcomed addition to your library because I think it is the best “Anastasia like” story that I have read. So, what do I wish had been different or better? The story started out with Ana on a mission to save her friend Di and I wish that it had started out with the crew actually pirating and that I could have been a part of the “bonding” with the crew. I knew that the crew cared for each other but I would have enjoyed some pirating action. The story just felt as if it had already started and that I was coming in after an important plot point had already taken place. Besides that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Heart of Iron and I highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction or space operas.

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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shannonmiz 2 of 5 stars
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I didn't dislike it or anything, but neither was I particularly eager to pick it back up. This is going to be one of those dreaded "meh" reviews where I flat out just don't have a lot to say about it either way. But I'll try! 

It did have some positives, of course. I enjoyed the relationships in the book. There were two main relationships, and I was quite invested in both. The characters were pleasant enough. I didn't quite fall in love with them, but they were certainly enough for me to root for and care about their outcome. I think that is kind of the overall theme for me: Everything was fine, there was nothing that made me hate it; there just wasn't anything that made me love it either. I did like that there were a lot of diverse elements weaved into the story; that was most definitely a major win! 

The world building was a bit lacking, and I didn't fully understand the dynamics. But really I think my main complaint was that it all felt so very predictable. I was never really wondering what was coming next because I felt like I knew already. As such, the stakes didn't feel terribly high, and nothing was really compelling me to keep reading. 

Will I Read the Sequel? Yeah, probably not. I mean, just too many books, too little time. I bet the cover will be gorgeous though. And if I see good reviews, I suppose my mind could be changed. So... maybe but leaning toward no. 

Bottom Line: Though not a bad book, just simply not enough to hold my interest. If you are a space fan (especially with royalty involved!) it could be worth a go! 

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#BAESINSPACE! No, but seriously. I loved all those little points of view. I loved Di and Jax. Ana and Robb. I loved cinnamon roll AI units and rich sheltered boys who had something to prove to their crappy families. I loved the kickass orphan with a gun and the no touching! space pilots. While I waffled a little in the middle (it is Anastasia in Space and you knew the secrets, kinda, and the bad guys, kinda) the end was pretty great. Next one, please.