As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.
©2013 Naomi Lester (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I was at the book store when I saw this book and Kevin Hearne's name on the cover jumped out at me. He's one of my favorite authors so I decided to read the first in the series since he gave the book/author his approval. I was not disappointed, it is a great series!! This installment does not let down! Angele Masters does a good job, you can hear the differences in her characters and she conveys emotion well. My only complaint is that she's a little slow. Not so slow that I want to chew my arm off and beat myself to death with it, but much slower than I am used to. Overall, great listen/read!
This book is a wonderful end to a masterful trilogy which leaves open the possibility of additional stories within a fully-imagined universe. The author combines a steampunk imagining of London in the time of Sherlock Holmes with a fantasy element that fits in with the "anything is possible" ethos of the steampunk culture. With this story, the trilogy comes to a satisfying end with lingering possibilities of additional adventures, but they are not required to find the series a satisfying tale quite well told.
Emma Jane Holloway has a marvelous talent for bringing the genre to life! This trilogy has wonderful details without getting too bogged down. I thoroughly enjoyed each story and look forward to reading more from her! Angele Masters did a wonderful job bringing the stories to life. A winning combination! STANDING APPLAUSE!!!
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