His Lordship Possessed
by Lynn Viehl
Genre: Historical, Steampunk
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
The second half of Disenchanted & Co.—the thrilling conclusion. In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED was quite the ride. Action packed and full of surprises to the reader, there was never a dull moment. However, it very much felt like coming in halfway through the story, which, in essence, the reader is. From what I understand, HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED and HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE will be printed together as one novel in the spring. This makes sense; HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED starts off immediately where HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE ended, much to my relief. HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE wasn’t really a complete story, so I was curious to see where the second half would take us. Unfortunately, it almost immediately goes a little crazy.
The two halves are both good in their own right, however, they feel very disparate when compared side by side. HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED felt so much different than HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE that I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t what I was expecting. In HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE, I felt there was a lot more sleuthing. In HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, there’s non-stop action, and while there still is a mystery, it is more of the type where the main character figures it out in their head and doesn’t tell the reader, only revealing all the puzzle pieces at an appropriate, climactic moment. Not only that, but I kept getting a bit confused. The terminology which I don’t remember previously being bothersome, started to overshadow the writing. And so you can learn from my ignorance: please note there is a fourteen (fourteen!) page glossary at the back of the book.
The things I enjoyed about HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE remained the same- Kit continued to be a delightfully witty heroine, always ready with a quip. Dredmore, the death mage, is still broody and rather grumpy, despite his obvious attraction to Kit. HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED is well written, and I easily read it in one sitting. Once I got past the slightly ridiculous turns the plot took, I really did enjoy it. Maybe, if I had read the two halves one right after the other, I would have had a better time of it.
Lucky for you, both the halves are out right now- and if you’re a smart reader, you’ll add $2.99 and $2.99 together and realize that’s $1.61 cheaper than the upcoming Kindle version which puts them together in one book. In my opinion, worth it. (Definitely do not read the second without reading the first, though.) And luckily for me, I only have to wait until February for the second full book of the Disenchanted & Co. series to come out- THE CLOCKWORK WOLF. No matter what the setting, Kit is a draw all by herself, and I am excited for more. Plus, at the end of HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, Dredmore asks Kit over for dinner. I know I want to find out if she accepts.
1. Her Ladyship’s Curse - 3/5
2. His Lordship Possessed
3. The Clockwork Wolf
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