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A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil. Can Ibby embrace her destiny as Inconquo guardian before an ages-old demon is unleashed on London? Ibby’s parents gave up everything for a chance at a better life. So, after a terrible accident leaves her alone in London, Ibby works her internship at the British Museum and goes to her classes to make them proud.But w A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil. Can Ibby embrace her destiny as Inconquo guardian before an ages-old demon is unleashed on London? Ibby’s parents gave up everything for a chance at a better life. So, after a terrible accident leaves her alone in London, Ibby works her internship at the British Museum and goes to her classes to make them proud.But when Ibby finds a strange artifact and encounters a mysterious professor in the bowels of the museum, she learns that her lineage means bigger responsibilities than good grades. Training in the secrecy of a ghostly underground tube station defunct since 1933, her waking powers means Ibby must face the wrath of a titan with a vendetta against her kind...and she has to do it alone. If you love strong female characters and millennia old secrets, you’ll love the origin story of Ibukun Bashir, metal elemental. Welcome to the world of the Inconquo. Enjoy Born of Metal today and experience a wild ride and the forging of a modern legend!


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A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil. Can Ibby embrace her destiny as Inconquo guardian before an ages-old demon is unleashed on London? Ibby’s parents gave up everything for a chance at a better life. So, after a terrible accident leaves her alone in London, Ibby works her internship at the British Museum and goes to her classes to make them proud.But w A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil. Can Ibby embrace her destiny as Inconquo guardian before an ages-old demon is unleashed on London? Ibby’s parents gave up everything for a chance at a better life. So, after a terrible accident leaves her alone in London, Ibby works her internship at the British Museum and goes to her classes to make them proud.But when Ibby finds a strange artifact and encounters a mysterious professor in the bowels of the museum, she learns that her lineage means bigger responsibilities than good grades. Training in the secrecy of a ghostly underground tube station defunct since 1933, her waking powers means Ibby must face the wrath of a titan with a vendetta against her kind...and she has to do it alone. If you love strong female characters and millennia old secrets, you’ll love the origin story of Ibukun Bashir, metal elemental. Welcome to the world of the Inconquo. Enjoy Born of Metal today and experience a wild ride and the forging of a modern legend!

30 review for Born of Metal: An Urban Fantasy Adventure (Rings of the Inconquo Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I enjoyed some of the world-building; the protagonist, not so much. I had trouble relating to her and that caused trouble with being invested in her journey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alina Tache

    Another amazing Elemental novel I have read this because I've accidentally discovered A.L.Knorr's Elemental novels and they instantly caught my interest! I am a fan of Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/sci-fi, and yet her universe felt like a breath of fresh air. This particular novel is sort of a prequel - the action happens a bit earlier (chronologically) than the main series. While in the main series we get to know a group of girls who end up elementals related to water, earth, fire, aether and air, this b Another amazing Elemental novel I have read this because I've accidentally discovered A.L.Knorr's Elemental novels and they instantly caught my interest! I am a fan of Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/sci-fi, and yet her universe felt like a breath of fresh air. This particular novel is sort of a prequel - the action happens a bit earlier (chronologically) than the main series. While in the main series we get to know a group of girls who end up elementals related to water, earth, fire, aether and air, this book shows us the story of a character that appears shortly in the main series: Ibby, who is a metal elemental, also called an Inconquo. I've loved finding out how she discovered her powers, she is a very relatable character and the things she goes through kept me on the edge and wanting to read on. This book is mostly about her beginnings as an elemental. I can't wait for the next book, in which I hope we get to see her more confident in her abilities.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keryn

    An exciting new supernatural series that brings us into a unique new world. Ibby is an archaeology student that accidentally discovers some odd metal rings. Little does she know this is the beginning to learning about the origins of her unique bloodline. Along the way she meets a century old ghost who was also an archaeologist, and an interesting female that's beyond centuries old and not exactly as she seems. Bad guys galore and an ancient trapped being desperate for release from his cage, and An exciting new supernatural series that brings us into a unique new world. Ibby is an archaeology student that accidentally discovers some odd metal rings. Little does she know this is the beginning to learning about the origins of her unique bloodline. Along the way she meets a century old ghost who was also an archaeologist, and an interesting female that's beyond centuries old and not exactly as she seems. Bad guys galore and an ancient trapped being desperate for release from his cage, and you have the makings of one unique and thrilling read! Using her wits, huge heart and every ounce of willpower within, we see Ibby fight with all she's worth for good. I'm greatly looking forward to the next book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Keith Bornmann

    Jackie is a college-aged archaeology researcher, who's coworkers don't seem to admire or appreciate her. She accidentally stumbles upon an artifact that gives her powers over metal. In this book, the main character seems to be struggling with achieving success in life. This seems to be a different approach that the heroine in the other Knorr books. There are multiple conflicts going on at the same time, Jackie trying to keep her job. An enemy of her uncle seems to be coming against her. The chang Jackie is a college-aged archaeology researcher, who's coworkers don't seem to admire or appreciate her. She accidentally stumbles upon an artifact that gives her powers over metal. In this book, the main character seems to be struggling with achieving success in life. This seems to be a different approach that the heroine in the other Knorr books. There are multiple conflicts going on at the same time, Jackie trying to keep her job. An enemy of her uncle seems to be coming against her. The change that she experiences as she goes from depending on the approval of others to coming into her own power is fascinating. This is a very interesting read. I didn't put it down until I completed it. Also, I'm reading it again. There are mystery and adventure. It's a clean read, suitable for any age.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    We meet Ibby in the elemental series and she gets her own book here. I have loved all of A L Knorr’s stories but this one just didn’t hold my interest as well as the others. It is still good with lots of adventure. I have listened to one other story with this narrator and although she has a great English accent I just haven’t been as impressed as a couple of Abby’s other narrators. Ibby has to overcome many adversities as everything she once knew changes and shifts as she becomes what she thinks We meet Ibby in the elemental series and she gets her own book here. I have loved all of A L Knorr’s stories but this one just didn’t hold my interest as well as the others. It is still good with lots of adventure. I have listened to one other story with this narrator and although she has a great English accent I just haven’t been as impressed as a couple of Abby’s other narrators. Ibby has to overcome many adversities as everything she once knew changes and shifts as she becomes what she thinks of as a super hero. She gains powers over metals. She can hear each different type of metal and has powers to move it and shape it to her will. But powers come with great responsibilities and in Ibby’s case a whole lot of danger.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeb Holt

    Born of Metal didn't have the same "ring" to it as other books in the Elemental series. Unfortunately there was never really a point in Ibby's origin story where I was unable to put the book down and more or less it just felt like someone going through the motions. I do hope that the other Rings of the Inconquo provide more of the story that reader's have come to crave from A.L. Knorr.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Windy Blevins-tolliver

    Smelting! Full disclosure: received the audiobook free and the ebook on kindle unlimited... Not really familiar with the ancient myths associated with this novel, but did enjoy the book. A unique heroine...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Irving

    Stopped reading at 61% This book is slow to get going, and when it finally does, it’s just not compelling. There are no real stakes for the main character—where is the pressure to act now or else someone she loves is going to get hurt? Who does she really love? That person is already off the page and waaay in the background. The bad guys that appear about halfway are meh: Vaguely described and stereotypical with vague motives. The protagonist is somewhat smart, gets sassy with her jerk boss and l Stopped reading at 61% This book is slow to get going, and when it finally does, it’s just not compelling. There are no real stakes for the main character—where is the pressure to act now or else someone she loves is going to get hurt? Who does she really love? That person is already off the page and waaay in the background. The bad guys that appear about halfway are meh: Vaguely described and stereotypical with vague motives. The protagonist is somewhat smart, gets sassy with her jerk boss and loses sight of her goals. When she mysteriously barfs ashes without aspirating and developing pneumonia, I lost my willingness to trust the author in developing the story. The author has good overall skills in writing about setting, characters, and describing action scenes, but the plot pacing is off. I just found myself wishing things would hurry up or that I was reading something else. There are little errors sprinkled throughout the book, which also tells me better editing is needed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    I love, no, I adore A.L. Knorr’s books. I’ve gobbled up (and separately reviewed) pretty much everything she’s published as they’re just sooo good. So it’s no surprise that I welcomed Born of Metal: Rings of the Inconquo with open (mental) arms. “A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil.” Who knew that a job at the British Museum could turn out to be so exciting? Luckily for us, the heroine here, Ibby, ends up turning out to just the sort of kick-a** gal I totally fangirl over and I love, no, I adore A.L. Knorr’s books. I’ve gobbled up (and separately reviewed) pretty much everything she’s published as they’re just sooo good. So it’s no surprise that I welcomed Born of Metal: Rings of the Inconquo with open (mental) arms. “A powerful artifact, a secret society, an ancient evil.” Who knew that a job at the British Museum could turn out to be so exciting? Luckily for us, the heroine here, Ibby, ends up turning out to just the sort of kick-a** gal I totally fangirl over and she’s quite capable to take on her newly discovered family mantle as Inconquo guardian in time to handle the minor little pest (ok, that’s an understatement ) that is an ages-old demon now in London. If you enjoyed the author’s Elemental Origins Series you’ll be guaranteed to love this book which is set in the same world. If you are a total newcomer to this author you’ll still totally love this book as it works perfectly as a stand-alone (but if that you then I urge you to read the Elemental Origins Series anyway, as it’s too darn great to miss out on). About the only criticism I have of this book is that, as warned, it’s part 1 of a duology so it will leave you hungering for the second book. It’s worth it though as this book is wonderfully delicious. Frankly, but for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to that second and final book, which is promised to be released before the end of 2019.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Torrington

    The tone of Born of Metal is quite different from Ms Knorr's other books. But I loved it. So exciting! Ibby originally appeared as a secondary, but powerful, character in the Elemental Series. 'Born of Metal' takes place at an earlier time from those and follows Ibby as she comes into her powers as an Inconquo. She's a harried student, studying archeology, and interning at the British Museum. She has a horrible boss there, who is intent on making her life miserable, an uncle she is determined to The tone of Born of Metal is quite different from Ms Knorr's other books. But I loved it. So exciting! Ibby originally appeared as a secondary, but powerful, character in the Elemental Series. 'Born of Metal' takes place at an earlier time from those and follows Ibby as she comes into her powers as an Inconquo. She's a harried student, studying archeology, and interning at the British Museum. She has a horrible boss there, who is intent on making her life miserable, an uncle she is determined to bring to the UK, a best friend with terrible taste in men, advisors who can't keep a secret... what could go wrong? When she accidentally finds an ancient artifact (rings that are broken off from what would appear to be part of a larger set), and encounters a mysterious professor (who is definitely not as he seems), her life takes a major turn. She learns of her family's lineage, that they were unique and powerful; and that there are people (and an evil being) who have a vendetta against her kind. They are after her artifact, and will stop at nothing to acquire it. Wonderfully descriptive prose. ❤

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elda

    What a ride! Such excitement is extremely palpable in this adventure. Don’t let the slow start deceive you. Just continue reading and you will not be disappointed. Our heroine, Ibby, will knock your socks off. She never gives up in spite of all the challenges she faces. With the help of an ancient artifact, she fights against an ancient, evil metallic demon. This is a very well written book and I would expect nothing less from these authors. I have read many of Ms Knorr’s books and loved them al What a ride! Such excitement is extremely palpable in this adventure. Don’t let the slow start deceive you. Just continue reading and you will not be disappointed. Our heroine, Ibby, will knock your socks off. She never gives up in spite of all the challenges she faces. With the help of an ancient artifact, she fights against an ancient, evil metallic demon. This is a very well written book and I would expect nothing less from these authors. I have read many of Ms Knorr’s books and loved them all. This one fits right in with her Elementals series. And if Mr Schneider had anything to do with the excellent descriptions in this story, then I am motivated to read more of his work. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this duology. I can’t recommend reading this book enough. I can easily say you will not be disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela Higgs

    This is a fantastic book! Be prepared to have trouble putting it down to do unimportant things like cooking dinner and sleeping. Ibby is a college student who is taking classes and completing an archaeology internship at the British Museum of Natural History (I may have the museum name wrong) and finds a mysterious artifact that doesn't seem to belong. She is trying to find where the artifact belongs since it isn't labeled like the other artifacts she is cataloging as part of her internship. Stran This is a fantastic book! Be prepared to have trouble putting it down to do unimportant things like cooking dinner and sleeping. Ibby is a college student who is taking classes and completing an archaeology internship at the British Museum of Natural History (I may have the museum name wrong) and finds a mysterious artifact that doesn't seem to belong. She is trying to find where the artifact belongs since it isn't labeled like the other artifacts she is cataloging as part of her internship. Strange things start happening and Ibby no longer knows who she can or can't trust. From this point everything is fast paced and she has to make decisions quickly using "gut instinct" instead of logic. The book has wonderful characters who bring you into the story and has you both fearing for Ibby's life and cheering her victories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennine McWilliams

    Firstly this book is a collaboration between my favourite author and a fellow author A.D. Schneider. Frankly, l didnt want to share her and really didn't know what to expect. And truth be told it wasn't her usual all consuming, emotion grabbing, l can't put this book down type of experience for me. What l can ,with all honestly, say is it was very very detailed and the fight scenes were graphic and l certainly felt at one stage like l was being suffocated by the metal sheet as described. I also Firstly this book is a collaboration between my favourite author and a fellow author A.D. Schneider. Frankly, l didnt want to share her and really didn't know what to expect. And truth be told it wasn't her usual all consuming, emotion grabbing, l can't put this book down type of experience for me. What l can ,with all honestly, say is it was very very detailed and the fight scenes were graphic and l certainly felt at one stage like l was being suffocated by the metal sheet as described. I also enjoyed the relationships in those hidden places l can't mention for spoilers. The museum scenes and then Libby herself were very relatable and l did enjoy the story. I will have to read it again as l am sure l missed little details in my rush to see how the next scene unfolded. RECOMMENDED.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin Aylesworth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book was a definite good start to an exciting series. Like most origin stories it feels slow in the beginning but quickly picks up midway through. Ibby’s character is endearing at times and slightly frustrating in others, but through most of the story you are cheering her on and hoping she pulls through. The frustration with her character is when she constantly forgets she basically has superpowers now when she just used them an hour ago to get away from the bad guys. However her family story pu Book was a definite good start to an exciting series. Like most origin stories it feels slow in the beginning but quickly picks up midway through. Ibby’s character is endearing at times and slightly frustrating in others, but through most of the story you are cheering her on and hoping she pulls through. The frustration with her character is when she constantly forgets she basically has superpowers now when she just used them an hour ago to get away from the bad guys. However her family story pulls at your heart, especially for someone like me who is so involved with her family, I cannot imagine life without my family. I cannot wait for more answers and new mysteries to be uncovered in Ibby’s next story, so bring on the sequel!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    5 stars A.L. Knorr has written another start of a series that promises to be just as fascinating as her other Elemental series! I hadn't read any of the co-author ' s previous work. Ibby was born and raised in London and her relationship with the city lends to credibility of the story (at least to me who has never been to London). I really liked the of importance of family that Ibby was raised with as it continues to shape her life and important choices.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debi Mozingo

    One thing that is consistently fabulous about AL Knorr is the amazing imagery in her stories. It's like watching an action movie in my head. Great story with fun and in depth characters. The whole metal thing worried me at first, as I'm not a huge steam punk person. That's not what this is. Loved it! Definitely recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    This is a great collaboration that is well written and has a fantastic storyline! A fast paced, exciting and fun read, this spin off from the elemental series is highly addictive and I read in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down! I adore Ibby and reading how she came into her powers and look forward to what comes next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    NanaShauna Joesten

    This is a fantastic listen. Its jam packed with action packed adventure. This listen grabbed me right from the start to the finish. The Author has written the scenes so well that I can picture them in my minds eye. The Narrator brings out the different voices fantastic as well. You have twists and turns. I really loved listening to this read and highly recommend it. Shauna Joesten

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Ippy is a character that was found in the elemental series but only as a supporting character. Her origin story is riveting and her powers are unique. She is a strong and willful person and I look forward to future developments of her life as she continues to fight demons. But what hero doesnt need a human best friend and a ghost as a mentor!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Izzybear

    Born Of Metal is well written and original. Initially I had trouble connecting with Ibby. That’s why it took me a bit to get into her story. After that the story flowed wonderfully. There’s a great deal of suspense and twists in Ibby’s adventure. I have many questions and a few theories. Looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book and seeing if any of my theories are correct.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    What a fabulous story from this talented writer. Supernaturals , Ghosts and plenty of action to keep you reading. This is just one of many outstanding books that no one should miss. Ready for the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Harold Boettger

    Can't Be Put Down I enjoyed "Born of Metal" so much I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. Knorr's books are always entertaining but this one was especially good. I highly recommend it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Excellent! Ibby is an immigrant with a sad story struggling to succeed and take care of what is left of her family. Then she makes a discovery and things get weird fast. Lots of action and interesting characters. And it looks like the fun & games are just getting started! Excellent! Ibby is an immigrant with a sad story struggling to succeed and take care of what is left of her family. Then she makes a discovery and things get weird fast. Lots of action and interesting characters. And it looks like the fun & games are just getting started!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    A new elemental This is rather a different style form the main Elementals books. The mystery aspect is very strong, and had me intrigued. We see a lot happening, and Ibby growing into an Inconquo and learning exactly what that means. I’m keen to read Metal Angel once it is published.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gisela

    Wonderful ! This book is fast-paced and easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone that loves a really good story. Her characters are well drawn and very likable. The bad guys are very not likable. :-) I very much look forward to the final book in this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lee S.

    Born of Metal For me the book seemed like a slow start, then before I knew it I was three quarters the way through the book. After finishing the book it left me wanting more. Now I have wait for book two.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Love the New Elemental The plot was invigorating. I didn’t give 5 stars because of the British wording many times tripped me up and the flow would stop. I spent too much time looking up words.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peter Hill

    Thoroughly enjoyed this new adventure. Interesting character and development. Looking forward to more. Must say, I cannot get enough of the writer's work!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charles Stenberg

    A very well written and interesting book. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Selina

    Awesome new installment in the elementals world! I loved seeing all the metal ability and can't wait to keep reading! *I received an audio book copy from the authors, but all opinions are my own.

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