Sep 09, 11
Read in September, 2011
Historical fantasy, set in 1812-14 in London and in another land connected to our world through partly physical and partly mystical gates that require sailing far to the south to reach. The language has a sort of Austen/Dickens flavor, with lots of unusual words (and maybe coinages) and strange names---reminded me of D.M. Cornish's MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO books, with a Jack Vance flavor in there too. Many of the characters have complex pasts and capabilities too.
The writing is mannered enough to be an acquired taste, but staying the course brings adequate rewards, and I became involved enough to look forward to future volumes in the series.