The Iron Heart takes readers on a whirlwind ride that blends thrills, romance, devious behavior and things that go bump in the night, with nary a pesky vampire in sight. Dicken does a magnificent job of creating a story that’s a perfect blend of fear, lust, love and mystery. Not to be missed.

Ellie Wilder is a young girl who comes from a ritzy home, but has chosen to live in Lundun with her uncle and her cousin, Jenny, and work in her uncle’s gear shop. Ellie loves tinkering with her flying contraptions, and life is good — until Jenny dies. The handsome Lord Barrington, Bennett Pierce, likes to stay hidden away from society, preferring to spend his time inventing new aerial machines and working as the leader of District 4 in Lundun. When he learns there’s a murderer in his district, he must come to terms with the fact that the killer may be far closer to him than he thinks. He also must contend with Ellie, unless he wants his hideous past to appear in her newspaper. Bennett’s soon lost, trying to stop a demon, deal with his desire for Ellie — and figure out whether he’s going insane. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Amy Lignor