Before he makes his appearance in The Girl with the Iron Touch, Jack Dandy had an adventure of his very own. Learn how his actions set the plot in motion in The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy, a short teaser story from author Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles.
Jack Dandy didn't become prince of the London underworld at barely twenty-one by being softhearted, even if a certain girl in a steel corset has wormed her way into his affections of late. He knows how to manipulate, charm and rob people blind.
And if his criminal activities embarrass his aristocratic father, so much the better. So when a friend of Jack's father hires him for an underhanded job, Jack is happy to oblige—for an outrageous fee, of course. Delivering a mysterious crate seems like an easy task—until Jack realizes just what is inside...
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has....
In this companion novella to The Girl with the Iron Touch, American cowboy Jasper Renn finds himself in a situation his lightning-fast skills cannot rescue him from…
After surviving a triumph-turned-tragedy in New York City, Jasper is determined to secure a happier future with his gifted band of friends. So when the group's mechanical genius Emily is abducted, he'll plunge into England's darkest places to rescue her….
But his old flame Wildcat is turning London town upside down to find her missing sister, and Jasper finds the attraction between himself and the fierce beauty as tempting and dangerous as ever. Their trail leads deep into the city's most unusual circus. Soon, Jasper will find his loyalties—and future—tested more than he could ever imagine….
My first review of The Girl With the Iron Touch
Oh, did I enjoy those books! So good, same great characters, with some new ones-Mila, for instance. and we got to have more in depth looks at some older characters, like Jack and Jasper, which yeah, is freaking fantastic!!!!
So yeah, we definitely got more of Jack, and his life, and how he really was, his life, and yeah, this is the story of how he got the job, more about how he actually met Mila, and yeah, that look into his life was pretty spectacular (especially since I'm writing this review after I've read the 4th book, which had Mila living with Jack for a bit, and having Jack's POV again)
I loved how we got more of Wildcat in Jasper's novella, how she's there to find her sister, and then the kind of shenanigans that they get into, that they help with the gang in Iron Touch, then go back, help her sister, and yeah, just really great, and a pretty good HEA for now sort of bit, because there's still 2 more books or so!!
I really loved this books, and I can't wait for more!!!
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #2.5, 3, 3.5
First Read: March 22nd, 2013
Read: March 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2014
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're Historical Fiction 2014 Books, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: July 1st 2013, May 28th 2013, November 1st 2013
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy:
The Girl With the Iron Touch:
The Wild Adventures of Jasper Renn: