Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)” as Want to Read:
Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ink, Iron, and Glass

(Ink, Iron, and Glass #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,962 ratings  ·  446 reviews
Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is fo
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Macmillan/Imprint
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

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

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ink, Iron, and Glass, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Cassandra PG - there's not really any violence, and there are a couple of kissing scenes but no more than that. …morePG - there's not really any violence, and there are a couple of kissing scenes but no more than that. (less)
Marine's Books She's turning seventeen in a month at the beginning of the story. …moreShe's turning seventeen in a month at the beginning of the story. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.50  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,962 ratings  ·  446 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)
Nov 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-publication
i don't know who you are, but i love u.
One of my least favorite things in the world is when I read a book that I self-hyped so much in my mind and then the actual product monumentally disappoints.

And Ink, Iron, and Glass is the PERFECT example, so I guess it's good for something after all :')

What makes it worse is that this book has the kind of concept that could work on pretty much any medium. A steampunk novel where the main character is a character in a world that became sentient?? And she creates worlds but then her world gets d
lily ☁️
DNF at 14%. And thus, my long streak of finishing every book I read comes to an end.

The book cover pronounces Ink, Iron, and Glass to be “exciting and original”, but while the latter may be true, the former ... well, let’s just say that I felt the exact opposite of excited.

Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
ETA: So glad I picked this up. The action picked up immediately, and I saw new depth with the characters. Plus, wow, some surprises that I'm still reeling from! ...more
Oct 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
This book sounds AMAZING
Vicky Again
I really wanted to enjoy this. Really, really.

I had so many hopes--this was going to magical and dangerous and a total romp through the woods with twists and turns and betrayal and swoon-worthy romance. I wanted to be in Clare's spell--following along enthusiastically.

I forgot that this was a fantasy. (Technically, steampunk, which is basically fantasy in this case.) Fantasy can have books that are huge successes for me, mediocre stories, or total disasters. This fell into that unhelpful middle
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
Meh is all I can muster for this book, great idea and a lot of potential but the execution left a lot to be desired, it didn’t work at least for me , I thought the author could have done a lot more to expand the characters and explore the world she created in this book, instead there were moments when you forgot what you were reading and who was who. It wasn’t a horrible book , it just didn’t work for me because of its format and choice for a plot , I will still read its sequel to see whether th ...more
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept gripped me right from the start. How awesome
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A vibrant creative alternate world with mechanists, alchemists, and scriptologists populating the streets of an alt-Pisa and even stranger worlds beyond (view spoiler) that. A rich and inventive story; some of the finer magical aspects may be unexplained but the excellent characters and the strong plotting compensate. There is a lot of imagination at play here and I also super enjoyed this various dispositions of this cast -- how they complemented, contrasted, and challen ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars!!! The world building in this book is absolutely amazing y’all and the plot was just so unique?? what a nice change from your typical YA fantasy honestly bless 👏🏻 I wouldn’t say I loved this book since the characters and complexity of the plot could use some work but I hope that’s what the next books in the series are for ~
Rian *fire and books*
DNF at 40%

Sorry guys but I just COULD NOT get into this. I didn't care about the missing mother, the 'mad people', and honestly the whole thing.

I'm sorry. So sorry. I just wanted to love this so profoundly but I just found it so 'meh'.

Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this and best of luck to Gwendolyn Clare.
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
ohhh I like this cover, I want it.

Yep, that's how I roll. *sees aesthetically pleasing cover, wants book*

feel free to judge ;)
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is super hard for me to rate because it's somewhere between 4 to 5 stars. It has a brilliantly conceived world and the world building is superb (and not something I usually harp on or care about). It's a quiet book, doesn't have a lot of flashy plot twists, but there's just something about it. The main character is super relatable to me, and she has a fascinating personality and limitations that she has to grow from. The character arcs are very nice. It wasn't a super fast paced book, ...more
Jay G
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel:

In this universe, worlds are made using a special book and pen by scriptologists who constantly expand these worlds. Elsa is a scriptologist from a world her mother created using this skill. One day, her mother is kidnapped and Elsa must travel to 19th century Italy looking for help. There she discovers a secret society of teenagers who are scriptologists as well as mechanists and alche
I was told by a friend, Andy, not to give this book a chance. I think we were supposed to BR it last month.. but I never got around to it. Luckily for this book, I found a new buddy, Jennifer to be my BR victim. Weirdly enough, we all rated this book the same. Kind of laughable.. or is it kind of sad.

The beginning of Ink, Iron, and Glass was interesting. It intrigued me so much that I wanted to know more about this world. Whether it was the magic aspect or the characters itself - the story was o
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it


I'm writing this review STRAIGHT AWAY after completing 'Ink, Iron and Glass' by Gwendolyn Clare, and I'm in complete utter agony.

This book was gripping, delicious and delightfully entertaining - it pulled me in from the very first page and demanded that I rarely put it down (oops, sorry University work - you'll have to wait!). It was engaging in a way that most of the books I've read recently haven't been in a long time, and I can feel myself br
you know what I love ...?

I love girls who wear dresses, and kick ass intellectually or, you know, physically. I love steampunk, political history and stories that take place in the 1800’s ...

“every great leader gets demonized by someone. it is the price we pay for pursuing our vision of the future.”

and this did not disappoint!
Ashy Khaira
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the story. it was a concept I haven't read before. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Stephanie Anze
May 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Elsa lives in Veldana, a world that came to life via scriptology. Scriptology is a branch of science where a certain pen, book and author bring alive a world that did not previously exist. Her mother Jumi, an expert scriptologist, is in charge of altering and expanding Veldana until one day she is kidnapped and its up to Elsa to find where her mother was taken. Finding her way to Victorian Italy, Elsa meerts a group of teenage "mad" scientists that excel in the fields of alchemy, mechanics and s ...more
3.5 stars

I enjoyed Ink, Iron, and Glass! It comes off as a bit of a quieter historical fantasy, but it promises nonstop adventure and a cast of delightful characters that work together to pretty much save the world. The setting was pretty extraordinary: we’re looking at the Victorian era of Italy, around the late 1800’s, where Italian unification is taking place. While the book isn’t exactly historically accurate, it does follow some of the politics as the time and place it’s in. Elsa’s characte
Jelena Milenković
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopia
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this action-packed XIXth century (PLUS IT’S MOSTLY SET IN ITALY, IN TUSCANY NO LESS 😍) steampunk book.
Admittedly, after reading that blurb, I expected something a little bit different, but this wasn’t bad either.
It’s just - we don’t get to see so much, we are introduced to bunch of new stuff and are still unsure of how exactly they work or anything.
Casa and that little tentacle monster - Skandar may be my favorites!

For the record - I doubted every
I tried, you guys. I really did. Part of me still actually wants to attempt to finish this book because I read so much of it (176 pages) but I can't. If I'm not enjoying it by now, I just don't believe I ever will be.

So what went wrong? I just found this book boring, and the action was incredibly slow. There were brief scenes here and there where things picked up, like the train and the assassin, but they were so short and then there would be a whole lot of nothing and conversations that felt re
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The world was very interesting .From the beginning, it was holding my attention.In the book,They went to Italy and I really wanted to read something set in Italy.I liked the parts of the four but I actually dreaded the parts about the adults. Luckily these were small parts. The ending though, I predicted something and was glad it didn't happen .

The characters seemed to be strong from the first mention.

Leo, he was the first character to hold my attention. He was very determined to find the truth.
T.J. Burns
Wow! Yes! This is my kind of book! Intelligent, clever, creative, and action-packed story line; intriguing and diverse characters, who experience personal growth; interesting, clever, and at times witty dialogue; surprises and unexpected twists - everything I look for in a YA fantasy!

I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it

This was an interesting combination of Sci-fi and historical fiction. I'm sad to say it took me like half the book to realize it was set in the past. For some reason, unknown to even me, I was convinced this was set in the future.

I really enjoyed Elsa's perspective and seeing her learn to use all of her gifts as a polymaths. I liked watching her puzzle out the mystery of her mother's disappearances and learning to trust the others from the Order of Archimedes. There was one scene from Leo
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was really mediocre and bland the characters were not really interesting at all the romance was shoehorned in and the twist was obvious and uninteresting. The characters were not that memorable and I found Elsa abrasive and Leo annoying and just not very well written. The plot started out interesting but after that point the idea was interesting but the execution was not very good. It starts out with the kidnapping of Elsa's mother and of course Elsa goes looking for her the story just ...more
L. McCoy
This could have been so much better.
The story is interesting, unique and unpredictable. Unfortunately it takes forever (to the point I’m yelling at it to move on), it’s so slow and boring, I didn’t give a shit about any of the characters. With all that it fails to grip me even though it should. If that wasn’t enough there’s even a notable dash of hypocritical sexism (though I sadly expect that in YA at this point). If you do bother with this book the audio edition has a good na
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

A slow start but an amazing finish. Definitely check this one out when it hits shelves in a couple weeks! Plus see my blog tour stop on February 19th on Books and Ladders!
Rowan Meklemburg
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Warning: Might contain spoilers.

First off, I know they say 'Don't judge a book by it's cover" but I need to give some credit for the gorgeous cover art. i loved it on first glance and that was really what made me pick this up.
Don't get me wrong, the story itself sounded alright too. But that cover though.

Either way, I picked this via a random number generator fro my list of TBR. I was pretty excited, not suffering from any book hangovers, and went in with a clear head.
And let's just say, I did
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Soul Keepers (The Soul Keepers, #1)
  • The Cerulean  (The Cerulean Duology, #1)
  • Die Botschaft des Regens (Alea Aquarius #5)
  • The Tomb
  • Four Dead Queens
  • Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf, #1)
  • Steadfast (Spellcaster, #2)
  • Město zrady
  • The Ghost Seekers (The Soul Keepers, #2)
  • 3:59
  • Evermore (Everless, #2)
  • Lassiter's Law (43 Light Street, #23)
  • The Traitor's Ruin (The Traitor's Circle, #2)
  • Everless (Everless, #1)
  • The Conjurer (The Vine Witch #3)
  • Egypt - V nitru pyramidy
  • Emily Feather and the Chest of Charms (Emily Feather, #3)
  • Spellwright (Spellwright, #1)
See similar books…
Gwendolyn Clare's debut novel -- INK, IRON, AND GLASS -- is the first in a steampunk duology about a young mad scientist with the ability to write new worlds into existence, out now from Imprint. Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others, and her poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling Award. She holds a BA in Ecology, a BS in Geophysic ...more

Other books in the series

Ink, Iron, and Glass (2 books)
  • Mist, Metal, and Ash (Ink, Iron and Glass, #2)

Related Articles

Of Women and Salt, the debut novel by Gabriela Garcia, has the feel of a sweeping family saga that’s hard to reconcile with the fact that it’s...
3 likes · 0 comments
“Next crisis, I'll be sure to invent a creative, lifesaving solution in two minutes while simultaneously stroking your ego so you won't feel overly threatened by a woman doing your job for you.” 3 likes
“We can’t lock our children away from the world forever, Gia. Better they act with our support than behind our backs.” 3 likes
More quotes…