Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway

A Study in Ashes
Baskerville Affair #3
by: Emma Jane Holloway
ISBN#9780345537201
$7.99 mass market paperback
Del Ray Spectra
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: December 2013






As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
 
But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
 
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.




To save the man she loves, Evelina did the unthinkable and told the Gold King of her magical ability, which is a death sentence or worse.  But he knows her value, and his desire to destroy the other steam barons keeps Evelina firmly under his thumb.  This is the third book in the series, and things are all starting to come together for the final battle.  The rebels are gathering, and the steam barons are getting ready to destroy each other.  It will be war on all fronts, yet Evelina is trapped at college.  I love this series because of the intricate plots that seamlessly wind together to make a collective whole that's both breathtaking and thrilling.  This is not your average novel, but so much more that keeps you wondering what will happen next, and will the good guys save the day in the face of such overwhelming odds.  The books ends in such a way the author can either continue the series or end it there, although I'm hoping she continues the series.  I'm interested to see what direction Evelina will head towards next.

Carla gives this book a




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