THE CLOCKWORK WOLF is an excellent example of a second book in a series that surpasses the first. Maybe I’m biased because I read DISENCHANTED & CO in two parts, but THE CLOCKWORK WOLF is a spectacular dive into Kit’s world of Toriana, complete with fascinating magic, nefarious villains, and multiple love interests.
Where the previous books in the St. Croix Chronicles were fast paced with danger and dangerous people lurking around every corner, TEMPERED deals with more internal battles and emotional trauma. Cherry has gone through so much externally dealing with the Veil and Society it felt fitting to have a story spend some time dealing with the internal effects of what happened to Cherry.
In HATSHEPSUT’S COLLAR by A.W. Exley, sequel to NEFERTITI’S HEART, a traitor to the crown forces Cara Devon and Nathaniel Lyons to St. Petersburg in order to clear the Lyons name, and along the way they encounter airships, pirates, Russian prostitutes, and even dragons. In addition to supernatural adventure, the book wants to be erotic romance, but in this case the two genres don’t blend together. The latter isn’t my scene, so I found the second half of the story, where the international espionage intrigue comes to the front, a lot more entertaining.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN was a wonderfully twisty, fun, and dark steampunk tale that held me with such rapt attention I didn’t want to put it down. The fact that I so enjoyed this third book in the series is pretty good considering it was my first foray into The Immortal Empire. The writing is superb and I adored the fact that past book
A STUDY IN DARKNESS has a much darker and more gruesome tone than its predecesor, A STUDY IN SILKS. While I liked the lighter tone in the previous book I enjoyed the fact that Holloway ramped up the danger since that meant more fun battle scenes with steampunk technology and thrilling chases. I was also amazed at just how dark and gory this book gets with the murders done by Ripper explained in stark detail.
As charming and quirky as Gail Carriger’s Soulless series, CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES delves back into all the ways that society, science, and magic can collide. Sophronia’s perspective on manners and intelligence gathering is a fantastic window into this world, which is as interesting for the social dynamics as for the dirigibles and mechanimals.
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.
What drew me to A STUDY IN SILKS was the fact that it was a sort of spin off of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series with Holmes’ niece taking center stage as the detective. I adore mysteries just about as much as urban fantasy and a good murder mystery mixed with some magical mayhem is my cup of tea.
THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB had a lot of potential – the niece and sister of famous literary characters! steampunk! Egyptian mythology! – and while it lived up to some of my expectations, I was slightly disappointed with parts of it as well. The very first thing I’ll mention is that the book description is a bit misleading- Mina and Evaline didn’t know each other before the book started, so they were barely rivals (even if they did dislike each other after meeting), and they definitely weren’t fending off advances from three gentlemen (because I would barely call their conversations advances) and they are both definitely already in the family business (even if Evaline hasn’t managed to kill a vampire yet). It does get right the bit about the mystery, though.
CORRODED continues to move a beautifully written story forward with amazing revelations and new challenges for Cherry St. Croix. Like the previous two books in the The St. Croix Chronicles. CORRODED feels like a dark nightmare with danger lurking around every corner.