This book, the first in a new arc in McMaster's London Steampunk world, picks up three years after the events of Of Silk and Steam and follows a newlyThis book, the first in a new arc in McMaster's London Steampunk world, picks up three years after the events of Of Silk and Steam and follows a newly formed group of detectives and spies as they deal with a new set of problems that have come up after the uprising and revolution that took place in the previous arc. This book focuses primarily on Ingrid Miller and Caleb Byrnes, both of whom we met in previous books. They had worked together a year prior to the events of the book, though things were left on... uncertain terms (Ingrid left Byrnes tied to a bed, naked with a poem written on his chest) and Byrnes has been dreaming of his revenge since then. Things change when the pair is thrown together for an investigation.
I absolutely loved both characters, both as individuals and as a couple. Ingrid is fierce and capable, and still vulnerable because of her past and often at the mercy of her passions and emotions due to her verwulfen nature. Byrnes is cool and collected, keeping iron control over his blue blood hunger. And together they are absolutely explosive, the tension between delicious. And while there is definitely a fair amount of steaminess, their romance is still very sweet as they come to care for each other.
The book is also very action oriented, with both characters having equal footing as far as their investigation goes (though it does take Byrnes a little bit to warm up to having a partner, since he prefers working alone). I particularly enjoyed that there are repercussions the events of the previous books, that things weren't all well and good after the revolution and restoration of the Queen to power. I think it could very easily have been glossed over, but it seems as though the main story arc for this new series will be at least partly a result of and reaction to what happened.
Because this is set in the same world as the London Steampunk series, we got to see some characters from that. It was really lovely to see how so many of the other couples were doing, as well as characters who haven't had their story told yet. I'm very much looking forward to Ava's story in the next book and (hopefully) Charlie's story in a later book.
My only complaint is that it might be difficult for a reader to dive into the world without having read the previous books. I think that enough can be picked up so as not to be completely lost, but I can see how there might be some confusion. That being said, the previous books are well worth the read and I highly recommend them as well as this one.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review....more
4.5 stars. I really, really enjoyed this last installment of McMaster's London Steampunk series (enough that I read all but the first chapter in one s4.5 stars. I really, really enjoyed this last installment of McMaster's London Steampunk series (enough that I read all but the first chapter in one sitting. I legitimately couldn't put it down). I've been interested in Mina's story since she first appeared, and I was definitely not disappointed. She was an absolutely phenomenal character and the tension between her and Barrons was absolutely delicious. Even though this was clearly a romance, there was a great deal more going on, as everything with the Prince Consort came to a head. Very action oriented, especially the last third or so of the book.
I'm definitely looking forward to see what else the author has for us. From what I understand, while this book closes up the first story arc, she has plans for more in this world. Can't wait!...more
I enjoyed this SO much more than The Iron Duke. It still had the fantastic world building (seriously, the world Brook created is really well thought oI enjoyed this SO much more than The Iron Duke. It still had the fantastic world building (seriously, the world Brook created is really well thought out) as the first book, minus the rape-y hero.
Speaking of the hero of the book, Archimedes Fox was just... I think I'm a little bit in love with him. I want to have him for my very own. I also think there should be more adventure romances. Lots more adventure romances, because this book was so much fun....more
I loved this! The world building was excellent, Honoria was a wonderful character, and the vampire lore a bit different and interesting. I'm very muchI loved this! The world building was excellent, Honoria was a wonderful character, and the vampire lore a bit different and interesting. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of the series!...more
*I didn't get to finish this because it was a library ebook and was due back before I realized it. Way to go, me.*
I'm going to update this review as I*I didn't get to finish this because it was a library ebook and was due back before I realized it. Way to go, me.*
I'm going to update this review as I read each story, because I'm reading it in between other books and I don't want to forget.
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Despite how long this took me to read (haven't had as much reading time lately), This was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the nexDespite how long this took me to read (haven't had as much reading time lately), This was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next book in the series!...more