Review: "Of Dreams and Rust" (Of Metal and Wishes #2) by Sarah Fine

Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summaryfrom GoodReads

War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to "Of Metal and Wishes", inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

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Of the most bittersweet conclusions in the books I've read this year, "Of Dreams and Rust" earns the prize!

Let me remind you that this series is a retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera" but in an Asian, steampunk background.

(Ohhh Erik....)

Not only the heroine Wen is an Asian, she also does her best to find her own place in a war ridden world, even come to terms with her feelings for Melik and Bo.

After the events of the first book, Wen decides to find Melik in order to warn him and his people about a war plan which will threaten everyone.

In the whole book we see the struggle and the feelings between Wen and Melik who try to reconnect with each other and having a war looming above them. Bo offers so much help, despite his appearance, and his character tended to wreck me more than the others.

The ending was indeed an open one but with more solid bases than the ending of the first book. The story did end, but Wen and her friends will have to deal more in the future, fighting discrimination and the opposing forces. I loved every turning page of this one and I recommend it to all of you!


A very talented DeviantArt artist has created a comic in which Erik and the Goblin King decide to become roommates. Later other known characters join and the laughs errupt. Follow the link and make sure to offer your support!

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About the author:

When I'm not writing, I'm psychologizing (really, I even get a paycheck for it). Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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