Certainly not among the very best, but really worth a listen for steampunk fans. Holloway does lean on the world building of previous steampunk novel..Show More »s, which makes it useful to have read in the genre already. (She also includes a magical component to her world, which isn't the general rule.) Many steampunk novels so far are so taken up with the technology that the story itself is sometimes rather thin and often short. Holloway instead has a complex plot and real character development; there are real villains, but the heros/heroines are flawed and do evolve over the course of the book. Evelina Cooper, the heroine of the book is the niece of Sherlock Holmes, not a terribly original concept but which gave her a (fairly absent) mentor of a sort and a grounding in the times. She has a mixed background, raised in a circus family, but also the daughter of a society woman of good enough standing that she is able to be on the edges of the aristocracy. There are two romantic threads in the story, but they are not the focus of the story, and it is not at all a typical romance. There are two more books following up on this story line; the book itself is long enough that it doesn't feel like an arbitrary way to sell more books. A Study in Silks is truly finished, but I do want to read more about these characters. (Neither sequel is available in audio yet.)
I love the steampunk/victorian settings of this series for a nice change of pace in my fantasy reading. The book has it all murders,mystery,magic, cl..Show More »ockwork devices, evil villains, romance and of course proper manners. I loved Sherlock Holmes appearances as Evalinas uncle and the interesting take on Jack The Ripper! The story has a great cast of characters which are easy to invest care for. The narrator was good except for one annoying voice for the blue king which was thankfully short. I eagerly await the next book A study In Ashes.
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 r..Show More »ead 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!