Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)” as Want to Read:
Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk #2)

by
3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,730 Ratings  ·  408 Reviews
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting Londo
...more
Mass Market Paperback, 437 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jill
Apr 11, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

When Lena Todd left Whitechapel a year ago, she wanted her independence. And to put distance between herself and Will Carver, her brother-in-law's bodyguard. As an apprentice at Mandeville's Clockwork Emporium, Lena acts as a go-between and spy for the humanists. Her ability to enter into Echelon society, allows her to gather intelligence against the ruling blue bloods.

Will Carver, infected at five years of age by the loupe virus, caged and exhibited for the next ten years, owes his lif
...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Bec McMaster has a unique way of luring readers in. The worldbuiling is phenomenal, the kind that is only limited by the boundaries of the imagination. McMaster continues to step over that line and creates a vastly unique and utterly vivid world that transports readers into another place. Blending together steampunk elements in a traditional historical setting is the soil in which McMaster uses to grow and bloom wonderful surprises for her readers.

Not a surprise is the brooding, mysterious Will
...more
Bj
4 "Verwolfen" Stars for the story and narration!

This is my third dalliance with steampunk romance and I'm still loving the hybrid between a historical, paranormal and a science-fiction romance in an alternate version of the 19th Century British Victorian era. Steampunk romance combines many of my favorite romance sub-genres which keeps me thoroughly entertained with both the world building and the dynamic characters. Moreover, in Heart of Iron, we get a look at a new type of paranormal being, th
...more
-Ya
Apr 17, 2015 -Ya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-stars
I enjoyed Bec McMaster’s debut novel Kiss of Steel. Set in the rookeries of London, the author built an interesting world that captured the feel of Victorian era. In Heart of Iron, the storyline is more about the geopolitical conflict, and humanist revolution. While both MCs are likable, I find the plot of Lena’s involvement in the conflict between humanists revolution and Echelon rather weak, and some of Lena's decisions seem a bit obtuse. Will is a classic tortured hero with broken ba
...more
Lonna | FLYLēF
Aug 31, 2015 Lonna | FLYLēF rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
FLYLeF Book Reviews

Original Post: Heart of Iron (London Steampunk 2) at FLYLeF (www.flylef.com)

TANTALIZINGLY SEXY WITH a degree of danger, Heart of Iron (London Steampunk 2), by Bec McMaster, skillfully blends steampunk and paranormal romance into a captivating and entertaining adventure.

Helena Todd – or Lena – appears to be a flirtatious debutante mingling in London’s dangerous blue blood elite world – the Echelon. Nobody suspects her of being a sympathizer for the humanist organization determined to destroy th
...more
†Ðawn†
++Spoilers++ (UPDATED REVIEW IN CAPS)

4.5 stars

My one regret is not reading this in order. I plan to go back now and read the first. (YOUN DON'T NEED TO READ THE FIRST, AND IT IS NOT AS GOOD AS THIS ONE..I'D SAY SKIP #1)

This can be a stand alone, but I felt like I missed out on alot by reading this one first. (IT IS PERFECT AS A STAND ALONE. READING THE FIRST GIVES LITTLE MORE INSIGHT)

I am so impressed with this book that I plan on reading all of the books in this series regardless of triggers. T
...more
Mara
Jan 06, 2013 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, steampunk
I side with those who didn't fall hard for this book. I have loved London Steampunk 1 (to the point of actually buying it also on paper). But this sequel has nothing of the original, except the world. Which I admit is great, and the reason the book still gets 3 stars.

The main couple are a bunch of teenegers.Lena seems a spoilt brat and has the intelligence of one too. Will, well, what about him. I liked him more than her. But given I disliked her for most of the book, there's not much to this st
...more
Fathima
Will kissed her lips lightly, chasing away the questioning tone. “You know I love you,” he said. Her body quivered against his, but he pressed a finger to her lips, stalling her. “I would die for you,” he told her. “I’d kill for you. I faced down mechanical squid, rampagin’ humanists, and lessons in etiquette for you. I danced at a ball for you.”

Bec McMaster does it again !!!

 photo i_love_steampunk_by_catherinetterings-d51wuio_zps3bbfbeb8.jpg

Heart Of Iron is a perfect mix of action , romance and steampunk !!! I love the London Bec has created in this series
...more
NiteReader
Why oh why???
I loved Blade and Honoria's story and had such high hopes for this novel. But this one was filled with too much world building and background story that Lena and Will almost became part of the scenery. Now I'm on the fence about the next book, I guess I'll wait and see the reviews.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Lena Todd knows she is prey in a den of predators, something that becomes more apparent the longer she moves through the Echelon's world as a debutante; however, she is also a perfect spy, what Blueblood would expect the supposedly empty headed and flirtatious Lena of working for the Humanists? But it soon it becomes hard to see who is friend and who is foe, and the only time she ever feels safe is when she is around Will Carver a Verwulfen who she has had a tendre for since first laying eyes on ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
I love Sundays. Want to know why? Cause I occasionally spend them lying in bed all day reading, not cooking or being disturbed by the kiddos. Today was one of those Sundays. And I am beyond glad it was cause I might have had to kill someone if they tried to disturb me while I was reading this book!

As I've mentioned before, the world Bec McMaster created is amazing! It's a little dark and a lot dangerous. You never know who's truly a villain or a good guy. Now, don't misunderstand, cause there a
...more
Dina
Will Carver is my newest book boyfriend... ;)
Jennifer
Originally posted at The Book Nympho 

icon AUDIOBOOK  Icon Steampunk  icon howlinggood 

I highly recommend that you read the novella, TARNISHED KNIGHT before reading HEART OF IRON since there is a few chapters about Will and Lena at the end. The chapters read as a long prologue for HEART OF IRON and gives you a little insight into why Lena and Will left the Warren.

I love the heavy steampunk elements we get with HEART OF IRON. I'm still pretty new to the genre and the fantastical elements in the historical setting is like a character all its
...more
Beth
In a world where the vampires are the ruling class (Blood Elite), life can be precarious. But being a spy for the humanist group is absolutely lethal if you make a wrong move, Lena Todd is a young debutante sitting on that razors edge. Lena is looking for her place in the world because the one place she wanted to be, with Will Carver, she felt she was rejected.

To say Will Carver’s life has been difficult would be an understatement. Turned by the Loupe virus at the age of 10, he was forced into s
...more
Aoi
Feb 19, 2016 Aoi rated it it was amazing
Heart of Iron comes out as another winner for the series.. The fast paced & ridiculously addictive world Bec McMaster has created, is taken to the next level with even more world-building and complex characters readers could root for.

The year is 1879, and changes are afoot in the once- rarified world of the Echelon. Not only has Blade, the King of the Rookeries been knighted into their fold, but also his second-in-command the Beast has been roped in to secure the co-operation of the verwulf
...more
Melanie
Mar 19, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars

Bec McMaster is the Steampunk QUEEN!
Amanda
This book was reviewed for:

Lets Get Romantical
Where the Night Kind Roam

I love love love this series. I cannot thank Annie ( http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/ ) for suggesting this series to me. This book is the best of the series so far. I am in love with Will and want him for my very own! I read this book several weeks ago and for about a week after I finished it, I walked around with a Heart of Iron hangover! I couldn’t start any other books because this one was still on the brain.

This
...more
Lindsay
Jun 03, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
4.5 stars rounded down since I liked Kiss of Steel a teensy bit better than this one I think.

For starters, this is a great read. In terms of being swept up in the action of a book and not wanting to put it down, this is a 5 star book. Much as I remember with Kiss of Steel, this gritty, dark, and steampunk-y world is well-crafted and full of suspense and emotion. McMaster is great at writing descriptive passages that are yet also easy to follow. Despite the paranormal and fantasy elements rampant
...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
21/3/2017
On reread, I'm dropping this to 3.25 stars. I still like the world, I still like a lot of the characters. But on reread, the relationship between Will and Lena seems a lot more...possessive than it did the first time I read it. There's also some fairly dubious consent at times - he's repeatedly saying "I can't" because if they have sex, she'll become a verwulfen too (because cum will infect you. Uh. Okay) and she's pushing him anyway, and he's all "NO, REALLY, I CAN'T" and she's all "Bu
...more
Melindeeloo
Oct 17, 2012 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The romance in Heart of Iron really worked for me and I liked the coarse and 'growly' Will - who tries so hard to fight his instincts and be noble with Lena.

I was initially less thrilled with Lena playing spy, but since that thread actually carries forward to take the series into a new part of the world in the next book, I was okay with it by the end of the story - even though Lena was sort of naive in working for a cause, without knowing what exactly she was working toward (especially since, ev
...more
Carisa
Really good installment, full of action, twists and turns, a wonderful and protective hero, great writing, and I loved to see Blade and Honoria again. An excerpt of the next book was included and I’m not missing it. Note that this series should be read in order as each book contains important background about the characters and plot.
HERO is a Loner, a werewolf for many years caged and tortured, until saved by a rogue vampire who rules a rogue sector and is the closest person to him. He has alwa
...more
Saly
Well, I was apprehensive going into this book since I didn't really take a shine to Lena previously. She came across as spoilt and petulant but then again she was 16. I can't say I totally fell for her in this book because to be honest her actions were stupid and naive but I would lay it all on her age (20) and upbringing. Will, now there was a tortured, heroic guy. I found the plot-line really engaging. Now, on to the next.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook

3-1/2 out of 5 stars. I got a little tired of Will saying "I cannaugh" [that's supposed to be a Scottish accent] without telling Lena why he can't. And I was a little bit cringing for Lena since she kept throwing herself at Will. Not as good as the first book but pretty solid steampunk.
Gemma
May 08, 2013 Gemma rated it it was amazing
4 STARS ****

Will kissed her lips lightly, chasing away the questioning tone. “You know I love you,” he said. Her body quivered against his, but he pressed a finger to her lips, stalling her. “I would die for you,” he told her. “I’d kill for you. I faced down mechanical squid, rampagin’ humanists, and lessons in etiquette for you. I danced at a ball for you.”

Great sequel to 'Kiss of Steel' part of the London Steampunk series.

This is Lena and Will the beast of whitechapel's story. The pair have a
...more
Jaclyn
Heart of Iron is the second in McMaster’s London Steampunk Series and it definitely lives up the standards set in book one, Kiss of Steel. Heart of Iron focuses on Lena Todd, the sister to Honoria Todd from book one, and Will Carver, one of Blade’s “henchmen”. I was so excited for this one and I was hoping that Lena and Will would get their own book after their rooftop kiss in book one. This was one occasion where my anticipation for a book did NOT lead to disappointment. McMaster continues with ...more
Zoe
Aug 08, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i like this book better than the first one. Both are extremely entertaining. Highly dramatic with a flair of vampires, verwulfens and steampunk. This book has got more steampunk than the first one. Not a fan of the steampunk genre myself, I skipped those sections about the machines and intricacies of how the machines are used as weapons. But the steampunk element is still very limited. The verwulfen is played up naturally because of Will.

I think the blurb does a decent job of plot description.
...more
Kara-karina
Nov 14, 2012 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
This was so so good, peeps! Anyone who loved Kristen Callihan, Delilah S.Dawson and Meljean Brook in my opinion will love this too.

In the first book, Kiss of Steel, we meet Blade and Honoria. The second book is about Honoria's younger sister, Lena, and inventor and socialite, and Blade's second-in-command, one of the very few werewolves in London, Will Carver.

Where do I start? If you already read Kiss of Steel, you know that England is ruled by Echelon - a deadly bunch of aristocratic vampire ho
...more
ShoSho
May 13, 2013 ShoSho rated it it was amazing
It was one of those book that I occasionally had to close it and take a deep breath and then continue. I was really involved with the characters , especially the hero .He is so believable and I could understand what he was going through. The heroine was good but she did some stupid thing at the beginning but she was redeemed in my eyes by the end. I love this world , it's really complicated . All the couples get their HEA but even at the end , not everything is shiny and flowery . There are prob ...more
Rinou
Oct 22, 2016 Rinou rated it liked it
Not totally convinced, especially by the beginning. I didn't really liked the heroine, and the I-don't-want-to-want-you they ply (at least the hero has a real reason to do it). Then I felt everything improved in the second half.
Pet peeve: I hate it when I think there are 15 pages left and it fact they are praises about the author's other works and glimpse of the next development in the series.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I liked, not as much as book 1 but still enjoyed it! Watch my video review
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4)
  • Tethered (Iron Seas, #2.5)
  • Prince of Hearts (The Elders and Welders Chronicles, #1)
  • Wicked as She Wants (Blud, #2)
  • The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter (Paranormal Investigator, #3)
  • Her Sky Cowboy (The Glorious Victorious Darcys, #1)
  • Breath of Iron (Clockwork Agents, #3)
  • Corroded (The St. Croix Chronicles, #3)
5763301
Bec McMaster is the award-winning author of the London Steampunk series. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals, and adventurous steampunk romances, and grew up with her nose in a book. Following a life-long love affair with fantasy, she discovered romance novels as a 16 year-old, and hasn't looked back.

In 2012, Sourcebooks released her debut novel, Kiss of Steel, the first in the Lon
...more
More about Bec McMaster...

Other Books in the Series

London Steampunk (5 books)
  • Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)
  • My Lady Quicksilver (London Steampunk, #3)
  • Forged by Desire (London Steampunk, #4)
  • Of Silk and Steam (London Steampunk, #5)

Share This Book