Kady Cross: The Dark Discovery Of Jack Dandy
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (The Steampunk Chronicles #2.5)
(YA, steampunk, historical fantasy)
It must be said, first off, that Jack Dandy was never one of my favorite characters. But, given his own entry in the series, I like him a lot better. This story really fleshes him out and gives more depth to his personality. I think that’s a lot of why I didn’t like him much before: he seemed shallow in comparison with the other characters, perhaps because he’s a secondary character and not a main character.
In addition to seeing more depth to Dandy and some of how he conducts business (since he doesn’t show that side of himself to Finley), it was nice to see someone get to him. It was great seeing how affected he was by the girl who was the “dark discovery” in question.
Is this something you can read without reading the rest of the series first? Possibly, but I really don’t recommend it. At the VERY least, you’ll want to have read the first book in the series in order to figure out who Jack Dandy is. But I would suggest reading it either just before or just after THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH. I read it just after, because that’s when I found out about it. But I think it would work well as a lead-in to the book instead of serving merely as additional information about it (as it was for me).