Saturday, 6 September 2014

URBAN FANTASY STEAMPUNK REVIEW: Bannon and Clare 3: The Ripper Affair - Lilith Saintcrow

Release Date: 19/08/14
Publisher:  Orbit


Sorcery. Treason. Madness. And, of course, murder most foul ...A shattering accident places Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime. Clare needs a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Without them, he is not his best. At all. Unfortunately, calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, murdering poor women of a certain reputation. A handful of frails murdered on cold autumn nights would make no difference ...but the killings echo in the highest circles, and threaten to bring the Empire down in smoking ruins. The game is afoot ...


The third outing for Bannon and Clare and one that goes to push the boundries of Steampunk Victoriana to the max as the roles of gender are addressed alongside the emotional aspects of the principle characters, in a cleverly woven and wonderfully inventive plot line.

Delving into the depths of poverty that the masses live under, this tale takes you down to the dirty and badly lit streets as a mystery from our own world makes its way into Lilith’s with kickass action meeting cracking dialogue in a full on tale of daring do with barely a moment to breathe. All round a great piece of fiction and one that entertained me for quite some time. Magic.

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