Release Date: 02/08/12
The game is afoot! London's geniuses are being picked off by a vicious killer, and Emma Bannon, a sorceress in the service of the Empire, must protect the next target, Archibald Clare. Unfortunately he's more interested in solving the mystery of the murders than staying alive ...In a world where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare will face dark sorcery, cannon fire, high treason and the vexing problem of reliably finding hansom cabs in the city.
Whenever a favourite author starts a new series, I’m always a little apprehensive. Not that I doubt, their skills, but it’s the feat that the characters that I loved from the previous series will leave a huge gap in my reading pleasure. In this new saga from author Lilith Saintcrow the reader gets a tale that brings the best of Steampunk Victoriana with a touch of magic. Whilst the lead in this title is a hard kickass lady, it’s clear from between the lines that our lead heroine started out a lot lower in social class than where she currently is, throw in a traumatic event (that happened previously to the title) alongside a tough case that forces her to face demons and her own nagging emotional conflict and all in it’s a satisfactory story.
Add to this a host of supporting cast members that not only help to flesh the world but add their own threads into the tapestry and all in it’s a satisfactory read. Finally whilst I did enjoy this book I was a little weary of just how powerful the principle player was, that is something that is going to have to be carefully managed in future instalments otherwise it will make the whole series a little one sided.