“Vivid, thrilling, clever, and imaginative, MAGPIE’S SONG is a genre-bending gem built around a kickass heroine and a compelling, beautifully-wrought SF/fantasy world you’ll want to explore further. Allison Pang’s talent is on every page. Fans of Pierce Brown and Wesley Chu will love MAGPIE’S SONG.”
—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of ARARAT
In the slums of BrightStone, Moon Children are worth less than the scrap they must collect to survive. It doesn’t matter that these abandoned half-breeds are part-Meridian with their ancestors hailing from the technologically advanced city that floats above the once-thriving, now plague-ridden BrightStone. Instead they are rejected by both their ancestral societies and forced to live on the outskirts of civilization, joining clans simply to stay alive. Not to mention their role as Tithe, leading the city’s infected citizens deep into the Pits where their disease can be controlled.
Nineteen-year-old Raggy Maggy is no different, despite the mysterious heart-shaped panel that covers her chest. Or at least she wasn’t… Not until her chance discovery of a Meridian-built clockwork dragon—and its murdered owner. When the Inquestors policing the city find Maggy at the scene of the crime, she quickly turns into their prime suspect. Now she’s all anyone can talk about. Even her clan leader turns his back on her, leading her to rely on an exiled doctor and a clanless Moon Child named Ghost to keep her hidden. In return, all she has to do is help them find a cure for the plague they believe was not exactly accidental. Yet doing so might mean risking more than just her life. It also might be the only key to uncovering the truth about the parents—and the past—she knows nothing about.
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I generously received this book in exchange for an honest review. Going into this book, I didn't know a lot about it which is a good thing because then I didn't have a mind set as to how I thought the story would be and I was able to enjoy it a lot more without expectations. Magpie is a nineteen year old Moon Child which is a person who has light blonde hair, very fair skin and judged harshly as apparently much of society sees these people as the oddballs living in the Warrens. Her kind is harshly judged because they are immune to a disease known as The Rot that is essentially the Wasting Disease. It's a very poor, run down area. Meridions are considered High Society and live in a huge city that floats above the town that Magpie lives in and then there's also Brightstone which is a cross between middle and lower class. She hasn't had an easy life but she doesn't complain about it and instead has found a way to survive in such a harsh world where food is often scarce, being able to escape out of tricky situations is essential and having street smarts is required if you plan to reach adulthood. She comes across a mechanical mini Dragon while salvaging to make money with her best friend Sparrow at her side which is apparently from Meridion and eventually leads to a whole heap of trouble. What trouble you say? You'll have to read to find out! I seriously adore Magpie and Ghost who have had their own share of hardships but work so well together. I can't tell yet if there will be a romance there but it certainly has potential! This book was a fascinating mix of Steampunk, adventure, friendship, unexpected allies, a dash of heartbreak and lots of surprises. It was such a pleasure to read this book and I look forward to reading more in this series!
Magpie's Song is book 1 in The IronHeart Chronicles. It's been a long while since I've read an Allison Pang book and I got really excited when I saw she had a new one coming out. This is a bit different from her other series, it's a Dystopian Fantasy with a Steampunk twist. The world building and characters were weaved expertly, and I found this book hard to put down. We start off meeting Raggy Maggy, a 19 year old Moonchild that has a clockwork heart. Her and a friend are in the junkyard trying to meet their daily quota on scrap when they run into trouble with the Inquestors (think police). This eventually leads to Maggy in the care of a woman that deals in the black market as well as a doctor. They aren't taking care of poor injured Maggy from the kindess of their hearts though. Their plan is to figure out what is really causing the deadly illness aka "rot" that runs rampant throughout Brightstone and send Maggy into the Pits to gather information. The only issue is no one has been able to escape once they're sent there so it's going to be a challenge for sure. Magpie's Song is an enthralling read. I thought the different tiers of class in the world were well done. You have the top people being the Meridians that live on a floating city. Then you have the people that live below in BrightStone, which are the normal humans and also Moonchildren. There were lots of little steampunk bits thrown in and the story kept my interested and flowed well. If you're a fan of Dystopian reads or Steampunk you'll love this new series!