When Prudence “Rue” Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, our favourite metanatural, scores a dirigible from her beloved adopted vampire father, she and a motley crew head off to India to source the perfect blend of tea. Naturally she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and just as naturally she manages to prevail against the odds.
You know that ancient Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”? Well even though it turns out not to be ancient or even Chinese in origin, it actually applies fairly well to the heroine of our piece Jin Soling. She gets drawn into a murky game of politics as she tries to protect her family.
A Study in Ashes is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes’ niece is grappling with the steam barons while Niccolo the pirate captain is getting involved with rebels and Imogen grapples with a doppelgänger. As you can see an awful lot happens within these covers and Holloway has to work hard to pull these disparate threads together.
I am writing this review assuming you have read the first novel A Study in Silks – this novel can’t really be read as a standalone. We are thrust into action from the opening page and things don’t really let up until the end. Evelina gets caught in an awkward position by Keating who demands her Uncle Sherlock complete a job for him as compensation. Evelina volunteers her services instead and winds up eking out an existence in Whitechapel. Her timing couldn’t be worse however as the very district she is living in has become Jack the Ripper’s hunting ground.
I’m going to write this review assuming you have read the first half of the Disenchanted & Co. You simply can’t dive into this one without having read the first if you want to avoid complete and utter confusion. The two halves are going to be published as one new book called Disenchanted & Co on the 28th January 2014. The last novel finished with Kit being kidnapped by Dredmore (again).
A Study in Silks is a fascinating blend of steampunk, magic and mystery. This is one adventure in the life of Sherlock Holmes’ niece, Evelina Cooper. Most young ladies would be obsessed with their first Season and being presented to the Queen – Eve on the other hand decides to investigate a maid’s murder in her best friend’s house. Murder, conspiracies, lost treasure and mayhem abound.
I was at a bit of a disadvantage with this book because I hadn’t read any of Hodder’s earlier works. The world he has created is rich but complex and it took a while to get familiar with the main players. Since Queen Victoria’s assassination in 1840, the government has relying on a spirit, Abdu El Yezdi, for political advice. El Yezdi has gone silent however and Sir Richard Francis Burton is charged with finding out what has happened him.
I was fairly enchanted with part one of the Disenchanted series. Lady Diana Walsh hires Kit to rid her of a curse that carves words into her skin at night. Kit was determined to stay away from the wealthy Hill dwellers thinking them nothing but trouble yet she takes pity on Diana. Someone is this household wants to stop Kit investigating and she soon finds her reputation and life at risk.
Connor McKay failed to win the fair Wink’s heart and so got transferred out of London. He got word that a young lady, Belinda, had been convicted of witchcraft and decided to investigate. As a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, Connor is used to sniffing out and monitoring all sorts of supernatural things. Belinda clearly has powers but they are so small she couldn’t have done much damage. Deciding the whole situation is suss, he whisks her away to his family’s place. I felt a bit sorry for Connor. After the Wink debacle, I thought he […]
Wink is all grown up and while she is an engineer who has sound ideas on the uses of electricity, everyone seems to want her to get married. Her suitor Connor is a dear friend but there is no spark between them. The man she really wants, Liam, claims he doesn’t want her. Wink is thrown together with Liam as they try to find what happened to the scores of people and dogs that have recently gone missing in London and how to protect the Queen from a villainous plot.