Anne Renwick – The Iron Fin

Isa McQuiston is caught between two worlds. Strange creatures are attacking her people, their injuries beyond her medical expertise. More than one fisherman has been tossed ashore by the waves, drained of blood, a severed tentacle piercing his flesh. To find answers, she must forge a cautious alliance with the outsider making inquiries…even if he does present an almost irresistible temptation.

Dr. Alec McCullough, an injured naval officer, is restless and bored. Until his brother – an agent for the Crown – offers him an assignment: investigate a recent rash of unexplained octopus attacks. On the wet and windy Hebridean Isles, his every effort is met with resistance. Coaxing an attractive young widow – the local healer – to allow him to examine the latest victim only leads to further complications.

A fusion of living and mechanical components, the creatures follow instinct but also command. Together, they uncover layers of deceit, revealing traitorous tentacles that entangle both their lives. As those behind their creation callously sacrifice innocent lives in pursuit of their goals, Isa and Alec struggle to forge a future together while attempting to prevent a disaster of international proportions.

Author: Anne Renwick
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Duration: 13 hrs
Released: 19 Dec 2003
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This is the third and final book in the Elemental Web Chronicles. While I felt like this was the weakest book in the Elemental Web Chronicles series, I still enjoyed it a ton. For some reason this book just felt a bit drawn out and long to me. I listened to this on audiobook and at one point thought it was almost done and then realized I had another 3 hours left.

As mentioned above, I listened to this on audiobook and it was well done. The male voices still tend to sound a bit robotic but the womens voices and general narration are a joy to listen to.

This book tells the story of Isa (a Fin folk/doctor) and Alec (a Naval officer). When Fin start washing up on the beach dead with strange tentacular attachments, Alec is sent out to Isas Fin community to investigate. As they work together they grow not only to respect each others intellect but also forge a growing attraction and bond to each another.

I did enjoy the introduction of the Fin people and the strange biomechanical octopi. Isa and Alec have great chemistry together. However, I felt that Isa was one of the weaker heroines in this series…she just wasn’t as scientifically inclined as her predecessors. She was smart, but her main contribution was her ability to swim really well.

Overall I really enjoyed this whole series. It has plenty of action paired with some steamy romance. I love the scientific theme to these books and the wonderful steampunk contraptions throughout. Each book in this series is fairly self contained.

If there were more books in this series I would definitely read them (there are some existing short stories in this series I will be picking up for Kindle). I love this world (and writing) enough that I plan on also reading the Elemental Web Tales, a trilogy of additional stories set in this world.