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This is the second book of the series that started with the Earl of Brass. You don't have to read it first but it would be more enjoyable if you did as there are 6 characters that repeat and you would have more background on them. Nevertheless this story is complete without any problems.
The writing style is smoother, fuller, more juicy with the descriptions and character development. Both the attitudes and reasoning of the teenage girl, for which one is greatly relieved as she matures; and of Immanuel as he recovers from PTSD and masters his fears, show a depth of psychological sensitivity by the author. Sensitivity is also displayed in the M/M relationship that later develops. I would love to say more but I don't wish to give away anything important. The hints above should not spoil anything as the plot is far different than anything you are imagining now. Kudos!
In this installment, we shift focus not only to new characters, but also a new alt history dynamic. The steampunk elements are still there, though downplayed and more in the background. This time around, we are dealing with mysticism and the occult, which were very popular during Victorian times, but in this reality there exists a machine that is powerful enough to steal and entrap souls. To that end, the villain in this book is more than a little unnerving.
But what really makes this book is the same careful attention to creating complex characters that made The Earl of Brass such a pleasure to read. From the book's description, one might think they know where the relationship dynamic is headed, and they would be wrong. Once again, the author weaves into the plot social issues that are as relevant today as they were in Victorian times and does so effortlessly.
As I came to the end of the book, and the slight hints at what is to come, my only complaint is that once again, I must try to wait patiently for the next book to be written.
This is a very strong second book. While I enjoyed The Earl of Brass, Jorgensen has worked out some of the kinks that are bound to happen in a first publication. The story sucked me in right away and had just the right balance of horror and heart. I am really looking forward to her next book!
Now that I have that out of the way, perhaps a few content-related comments are in order. First off, like the first book in this series, it’s set in Victorian England - but it’s slightly less steampunk-oriented (the elements are still there, but not as dominant) and more paranormal/horror/romance than the first one. The cast is full of well-developed, lifelike characters; some of which we recognise from book 1, but the main protagonists here are (mostly) new, or at least only had smaller parts the previous book. Immanuel, Emmeline and Adam are endearing. But the villain! I am so deeply disturbed by this person, who is a true terror in aristocrat form. The portrayal is so vivid it’s alarming - I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near this person. Ever. Probably not even in the same city, if I could help it.
Okay. Deep breaths. I can finish this. Stop thinking about Lord Rose.
To sum up the review, I really liked this, in so many ways. It’s new, and only the second title published by the author, but it is utterly wonderful. It deserves so much more attention! Go read it, now.
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