Heart of Dust
Iole City is in turmoil. Doran Ó Seanáin, leader of the Black Lung Gang, is determined to bring the Lord Archon – Iole's tyrannical ruler – down for his brutal treatment of the miners. But Doran has more to deal with than getting stabbed, a stalemate and city-wide lockdown that’s seeing his gang of ex-miners being ...more
The story follows Doran Ó Seanáin, the leader of the Black Lung Gang, an underground group (literally, they're miners) fighting for the rights of the miners in Iole. The book starts with Doran staging a riot where he is stabbed. He runs for his life and ends at the door of an apothecary owned by Nathaniel Morgenstern, a stranger who patches him up and saves his life, without asking anything in return.
Nathaniel and Doran will end up attracted to each other, but a dark sec ...more
Further disclosure: I was looking for a book to read after reading the Captive Prince trilogy.
So, I'm going to say this. Anyone wanting to read something after Captive Prince when they are in love with or obsessed with Captive Prince probably should step away and read something really different before diving back in with something similar. If you are obsessed with Captive Prince (CP), then I'm guessing ...more
The plot sounded more than intriguing and I decided to try it and I’m glad I did. Heart of Dust is well written and hooked me from the first page. The author has done an excellent job of conveying the poverty and danger in which the coal mining families of Iole City are forced to live. Death is constant and suffering a way of life. But it’s the only job for the poor and the conditions are beyond horrific. Doran’s strike is well intended, but since the murder of his ...more
(I wavered a bit on the rating - this is probably more of a 3.5)
It seems fitting that I read most of this book on May Day, since Heart of Dust is really about labor disputes and organizing. This was, for me, probably the most compelling aspect of the story - there are no easy answers to be found here when it comes to balancing the costs of revolutionary action against their hoped-for benefits. Organizing and acti ...more
I screamed when Doran - the downtrodden title character - lost his daughter to his mortal enemy. I cried when he recounted the particulars of h ...more
4-Stars for the first sentence alone:
"Doran had a problem, and it wasn’t that he’d been stabbed."
That first sentence was actually, what made me request the book for review.
The book is well written. The characters are well thought out and distinguishable.
As that first sentence indicates, the story starts with Doran, the rebell leader being stabbed and fleeing the (city) guards of the Lord Archon. In all the hectic and blood loosing he ru ...more
To start this review I want to say that I really enjoyed this story and immediately bought the next book, Soul of Ash. I needed to know how the story continued.
The story follows the coalminer-turned-gangleader, Doran Ó Seanáin as he tries to win labour rights for the miners of Iole City, as the archon has steadily deceased their rights and their pay over several years. We are dr ...more
4.5 stars from me! This was such an entertaining read!
I absolutely loved the world-building, the pacing of the story, the characters (all of them!) and the slowburn UST between the MCs.
This book introduces us to Iole District, based in a fantasy/parallel world- very earthlike- where mysticism goes hand in hand with science. We are introduced to druids and doctors and engineers and ar
Doran Ó Seanáin was born and raised a coal miner in the city of Iole and has lived a life of hardship and loss. Since the murder of late wife, Doran has tried to continue her work of championing the rights of the miners but continues to face extreme oppression from the city’s leader, Lord Archon. When a failed rebellion and a life-threatening injury lands Doran on the doorstep of apotheker Nathaniel Morgenstern, a myst ...more
Wow, it’s hard to find words for this hauntingly beautiful story. Told solely from Doran’s POV, the coal mines have been a fixture in his whole existence and everything he does is realted to them. Eventually the mines took everything away from him and the only solace he finds is being the leader of the Black Lung gang. There he takes on his late wife’s legacy in ...more
The world, including Iole City, is built so easily and cleverly that within pages you are transported into the land of the Black Lung Gang. The rivalries, friendships, heartbreaks and restrained passion are all sublimely real and engaging. Can’ ...more
this world - each city, religion, culture - everything is explained so wonderfully it really made this story come to life. It's like I'm traveling through the alleys of Iole City with Doran himself. I was so immersed in the drama and the lore I was compelled to stay up well into the night to finish reading. I'm so glad I decided to read this book! It's definitely one worth picking up. ...more
Oh man, I am having a hard time figuring out how I feel about this story. This was a great world that the author built and reminds me of the districts in the Hunger Games but all right together than far apart.
The story’s focus was the turmoil within Iole City much more than any romance. Doran is barely keeping everyone afloat and grateful for Nathaniel’s care and healing in his time of need. While Doran continues to fight and get help from Na ...more
This book has everything: rebellious workers fighting to overthrow The Man, protests, intrigue, and a slow burn romance that gives me the feels.
It's tightly written and fast paced, every word is perfectly placed. H L Moore paints a vivid picture of Iole City, and her characters are lifelike and relateable.
There are some pretty sad parts, this is not an easy journey for the main characters, and there are scenes which ...more
The world Moore builds is one of industrial, low level fantasy - where apothecaries are quite at home, but no fireball slinging wizards. Moore teasingly releases crumbs of this world; just enough to sink you into the prismatic city, but never bogs the reader with encyclopedic entries.
But the real winners are the characters. Every person is beautifully far from perfect with their prejudices, tempers, and mistakes. Even the romance itself never takes from the ...more
I’d definitely recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Captive Prince series, and I’m looking forward to the sequel!
I have to admit this was one of those books that I randomly picked up, not really knowing anything about. I guess it was just that the synopsis sounded cool? But hey.. I'm so glad I picked it up now!
The world was rich and diverse, the plot was super engaging, those plot twists were shocking and the female characters were an 11 out of 10. Also, the slow build up between Nathaniel and Doran was Excellent!
I do feel though that this book would have benefited by being just a bit longer. I ...more
She is a Jewish lesbian of Middle Eastern (Egyptian) heritage. She has been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her biggest literary influences are Adrian T ...more