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A Study in Ashes (The Baskerville Affair #3)

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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, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. B
Mass Market Paperback, 662 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2013)
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A brilliant wrap up of all the things building during the first two books of The Baskerville Affair! I already mentioned last week that this series was awesome. Fast, furious, full of wonderful gadgetry, magic, treachery, danger and complex intrigues. I was glued to the books, satisfied with the ending and hopeful for more instalments in the future.

Poor Evie does not get a break after the events in A Study in Darkness, and the third book becomes even more Gothic and intense as all the plot knots
Chiara (delicate eternity)
A copy of this novel was provided for review via Net Galley.

This book was just too much. There were too many POVs, too many backstories that led absolutely nowhere and did nothing for plot development. There were too many words. There were too many scene settings. There was just too much of this entire novel. I wanted to DNF terribly, but I had already invested so much time in this series that I wanted to know how everything turned out.

And then I'm hit with a semi-ending that just invites more b
Amanda Byrne
2.5 stars.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride with Evalina Cooper and the Baskerville Rebellion, and after a much improved outing with A Study in Darkness, I had high hopes for A Study in Ashes.

Instead, I was disappointed.

We jump forward a year from where we left Evalina. Enrolled in college, leashed by the Gold King, she’s still grieving for Nick and Imogen. Tobias has mostly settled into his role as maker for Keating and is surprised to find he adores his son. The rebellion’s coming to a head
The Baskerville Affair Trilogy was one of my reading highlights in 2013. I discovered it through NetGalley, and was lucky to receive all three books as arcs. I would have gladly paid for them, and will end up buying my own copies so I can re-read at some point and support the author. But without the arcs, I would have had to wait much longer to finish the series (3 months!). I couldn't wait even that long. I love that the three books were released so close together so that I didn't forget why I ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An addicting conclusion to the Baskerville Affair trilogy, full of action and all the characters I have grown to love.

Opening Sentence: “You are not welcome here,” said the man in the quietly understated brown suit.

The Review:

I was very interested to see how everything was going to get wrapped up in this final installment of The Baskerville Affair. For the most part, I was very satisfied with how everything turned out. While there were some
Third and last installment of the series (for now) "The Baskerville Affair", all settles down, all the characters go back in the limelight, good and bad, and some who forsake forever, or maybe. Evelina has her moments of glory, as well as Niccoló and Tobias and all the various actors. As for the other books, although this is one of the best along with the second, I would have liked a hundred pages less but this is still one of the best trilogies steampunk of the year.

Terzo e per ora ultimo capit
For love of the heart, love of friends, family and country, this novel uses the full spectrum of emotions from a dark opening through to a new dawn of hope and triumph, with shades of loss permeating.

Nicks's ship went down in ashes as Evelina asked him to help rescue her best friend, Imogen. Her bargain to serve the Gold king is he would spare Nick's life was sealed even though Nick was lost. We open this book bleak, Evelina is still mourning the loss of her love. She is also staggered by her fr
I thought this was going to be a trilogy, but A Study in Ashes leaves the door open for more. I suspect the focus will be different, perhaps on the repercussions concerning Tobias Roth and Alice.

A Study in Silk introduced Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes and practitioner of magic. Reviewed here.

A Study in Darkness is certainly a darker book and continues the adventures of Evelina, Nick, Imogen, and Tobias. Reviewed here.

A Study in Ashes finally resolves The Baskerville Affair.

What I like
The war is coming and nothing can stop it. It is a struggle for control and the steam barons are grabbing for power. Magic, explosions, love and heart break crash around our Baskerville Affair friends and Emma Jane Holloway once again takes us for a brilliant adventure.

I love this series and have been hooked from book one.

In A Study in Ashes, are characters are all struggling for survival in a world that has been turned upside down. Many of the scenes have our favorite friends separated and fig
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. I have absolutely loved this series so far and this book was no exception. It was the best book of the series and just absolutely wonderful.

Evie is at University studying like she’s always wanted, but she’s not getting to study what she wants and she is still the pawn of the Gold King and trapped at the University by the magical bracelets she is forced to wear. Nick is missing and presumed dead. Tobias is also ensnared in the Gold King’s tra
Review from Backchatting Books

"A Study in Ashes" is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes’ niece is grappling with the steam barons while Niccolo the pirate captain is getting involved with rebels and Imogen grapples with a doppelgänger. As you can see an awful lot happens within these covers and Holloway has to work hard to pull these disparate threads together.

Evie gets to study like she always wanted but she wasn’t expecting to have to do it while wearing han
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Steampunk, Alternative Historical Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My thoughts*

A Study in Ashes is the third installment in The Baskerville Affair. Like any good high fantasy novel, Ashes is filled with characters who you can't just ignore because there are too many points of view. Although the book is centered around Sherlock Holmes niece Evelina Cooper, it is characters like Nick, Tobias Roth, Prince Edmond, Poppy, Imogen, Alice and yes, even Sherlock and Dr. Holmes that you need to pay attention
Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

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“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
ah, of course...what this series really needed was a little s&m. (not).
maybe it needed an author/editor more willing to keep it short? and fewer undying character types. just stay dead already.

I was interested to read the conclusion to the battle of the steam barons for control of London and the kingdom but this felt like an unwieldy story...reading it was like waking trapped in blankets and struggling to escape. Or like eating a surfeit of potato chips or inferior chocolate.

I am glad to hav
Audrey Dailey
I really liked this series, and I think this book was the crowning glory! I'm not sure how I feel about the steampunk/fantasy/mystery genre (is that a thing?) but I'm willing to try about anything and this was well done.

The thing I realized about this book while I was reading it is that along with being steampunk/fantasy/mystery, it was also a bit dystopian. It was set in a parallel universe where the government was ruled by corrupt steam barons and the whole series had been leading toward revo
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
Suspend disbelief and enter Emma Jane Holloway's amazing, magical alternate Victorian England in A Study in Ashes. This novel, Book Three in The Baskerville Affair, is full of exciting twists, striking events, and page-turning suspense.
I had won Book One from Goodreads, and I looked forward to reading the entire trilogy. Holloway's ambitious adventure with protagonist Evelina's Cooper gets better with each book, and this third book leaves readers yearning for more.
A Study in Ashes changes point
This last book in the Baskerville Affair series was the most action packed and the least annoying in terms of the characters. The whole love triangle thing is definitely gone and Evelina is not quite as stupid as she was in the second book. I thought it a little annoying that no one really seems to die and stay dead in this series, people are constantly coming back from the dead. The only other thing that I didn't really enjoy was the magical aspect of the series. I would have preferred more ste ...more
Jessica Andersen
I really enjoyed this series by Emma Jane Holloway. It features Sherlock Holmes niece in a steampunk version of England. This wraps up the trilogy of books, but there is an opening for more books, and I hope she is able to write more of them.

I don't know how much to write about this book without giving spoilers for it, or the previous books. Evelina Cooper is installed at the Ladies College, but not quite in the way she had always hoped. It has become her prison more than her key to learning mo
I'm coming back to this one to edit my rating from 4 stars to 5. It's just stuck with me -- I keep finding myself thinking about this or that aspect of this story and how well it was done. One thing that really impressed me was the characterization. I feel like you could tell the story from the point of view of almost any character and get an excellent story. I'd love to read about, say, Imogen's life with Bucky (my OTP in this story, by the way), or Poppy, or Striker's background, or even Magnu ...more
I received a galley of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think that if you've already gotten to book three in this series, you know that you like it already. I happened to come in on this one without having read the other two, and it wasn't really my cup of tea.

The whole first scene is one of our heroine stubbornly attempting a dangerous science experiment while the professor who owns the lab tells her that women have no place in his lab and that she must leave. Right f
I greatly enjoyed this trilogy! There does seem to be a hint that a new book might branch off from here, but the main story arcs of the trilogy are all wrapped up. Evalina is a very brave, formidable woman, both scientifically minded and magical, who learns a great deal about herself throughout the books. She is the main protagonist, but there are also chapters from other characters' points of view. I especially enjoyed Imogen's chapters, and she also showed great growth. I love character develo ...more
Linda Baker
A Study in Ashes brings to a close the new steampunk trilogy starring Evalina Cooper, niece to Sherlock Holmes and powerful magic user. The Empire has been taken over by ruthless "Steam Barons" who have the populace by the throats, controlling everything by sheer might and their strangle hold on all power sources. The use of magic is a burning offence- or even worse, being sent off to what are known as laboratories for experimentation. Evalina has spent her young life hiding her abilities and tr ...more
Amy A
A Study in Ashes is the final book in the Baskerville Affair trilogy. The end of A Study in Darkness found Evelina a prisoner of the Gold King after trying to bargain for Nick's life. Nick perished in the fight with Magnus and Keating's people. Imogen's soul is stuck in the clock at Hilliard House. Tobias is still under the control of Keating. Tension is in the air as everyone prepares for an inevitable war. Also here Emma Jane Holloway manages to tie a little into The Hound of the Baskervilles. ...more
4.5 Stars. A year has passed since the events that unfolded at the end of A Study in Darkness changed Evelina Cooper's world forever. Left emotionally gutted by the loss of her pirate-love Nick, the disaster that left her best friend, Imogen, in a coma-like state, and captive to the steam baron Jasper Keating's every whim, Evelina's once bright future has dimmed beyond recognition. Held captive to the grounds of the Ladies' College, Evelina chafes at Keating's restraints even as she despairs of ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
When we last left this world, everything was in complete tatters. Evie having been imprisoned by Keating, Nick presumed dead and Imogen's soul being imprisoned by her dark twin Anna, nothing looked hopeful for our merry band of steampunk characters. A Study of Ashes opens one year later with everything in disarray. As bad as the events of the last book were, the characters have no idea that things are going to escalate and get so much worse. You see, the kingdom is on the brink of war because th ...more
This is an amazing end to the Baskerville Affair trilogy - I know because I read it for review before reading the first two books. (I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

This series deals with a steampunk incarnation of Sherlock Holmes' world, focusing on the adventures of his niece, Evelina Cooper, a young woman who can wield some fairly impressive magic. While her perspective is certainly key, there's several others who also feature in the spotlight - ranging from
Received this ARC from Netgalley.

You know when you find a series of books that you find yourself savouring every detail and re-reading pages? Yeah this is one of those series. Before reading A Study In Ashes I went back and re-read the first two just to remind myself what happened and to see if I could guess what ming happen in this third instalment... Needless to say what I thought might occur was far from what happened.
The book itself is sheer brilliance (I've probably said that about the othe
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I found this book to be a pretty fascinating take on the Sherlock Holmes story. Concentrating on his niece Evie was a nice touch, as was the setting being Steampunk. Now I’ll admit Steampunk is not my most favorite setting, but with this story it fit. Evie and her friends working with the mechanical gadgets and the magic just seemed to fit perfect
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A pretty interesting ending to the plots in this series (and probably the beginning to another arc), that ties up all elements together, and have they all meet on the final "battlefield" of London, if I may say so.

However, while I appreciated this novel, I thought it lost itself, compared to what was developed in the first volume. As a steampunk-themed story, it was enjoyable, but I felt as if its initial spark had died down some
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Other Books in the Series

The Baskerville Affair (3 books)
  • A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair, #1)
  • A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair, #2)
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“Bucky's expression wasn't hostile, but it was serious. "Someday I'm going to fight and you won't be at my back."
"Nonsense. I'm your friend. Who I work for doesn't change that."
"If you leave it too long, you won't have a choice anymore. If the Steam Council turns on the people, each of us is going to have to decide where we belong."
"And you're going to play the rebel? You won't even carry a gun," Tobias snapped. "Your father may own an arms factory, but you make toys for a living."
"I don't carry a gun because I'm too good a shot," Bucky said quietly. "But when I fire, I don't miss. I never want to find you in my sights."
"It's not that simple," Tobias shot back, feeling a need for justification.
Bucky shrugged. "No, but the barons are running out of time, and that means we won't have many more chances to talk before everything falls apart.”
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