About A Curse of Ash and Iron

Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

Reviews for A Curse of Ash and Iron

Bubby: I keep hearing people say that this book is a rework of the classic Cinderella story and I just don’t agree. I mean, it has elements of the fairy tale (Evil stepmother, check! Girl forced to be a servant, check!) but it’s so much more. There’s only one step sister and she’s far from evil or ugly and the fairy godmother - well, she’s a multi-layered character, to say the least. I’d like to talk more about her but you know. Spoilers….

Sissy: I don’t know what was in your dinner last night, but A Curse of Ash and [...]

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This book has everything I could want in a fairytale retelling. It’s got steampunk, a strong, spunky lead female, a courageous and passionate lead male, evil, ugly stepfamily and loads of fun.

I was a fan of this book from page one. As it led in, with the prologue, we were given the opportunity to get to know the two main characters. We also find out a lot about the background of our ‘Cinderella’, who is now known as Ellie. She recounts her life, since Ben last saw her, and he comes to find that it was actually very grim. Her [...]

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