- Series: The Baskerville Affair (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Del Rey Mass Market Edition edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345537203
- ISBN-13: 978-0345537201
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 230 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Study in Ashes: Book Three in The Baskerville Affair Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2013
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Praise for A Study in Ashes
“Holloway’s skill for creating a richly imagined, immersive world shines.”—RT Book Reviews
“A Study in Ashes overflows with Holloway’s signature humor and apparently boundless imagination.”—Booktalk & More
“The best book of the series . . . absolutely wonderful . . . I really can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Hidden in Pages
“Brilliantly executed . . . my favorite book of 2013 . . . what a stunning conclusion to such a phenomenal series!”—Fresh Fiction
“Even grander than the books before it with its drama, adventure, intrigue, romance, paranormal, gadgetry and just exciting twistiness to its storyline.”—Delighted Reader
Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s A Study in Silks
“This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series
“Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills.”—Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series
“A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits.”—Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist
“In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series
“Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative.”—Publishers Weekly
“Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate.”—RT Book Reviews (four stars)
About the Author
Ever since childhood, Emma Jane Holloway refused to accept that history was nothing but facts imprisoned behind the closed door of time. Why waste a perfectly good playground coloring within the time lines? Accordingly, her novels are filled with whimsical impossibilities and the occasional eye-blinking impertinence—but always in the service of grand adventure.
An award-winning author of both historical and urban-fantasy romance, Holloway has an honors degree in English literature. Writing as Sharon Ashwood, she won the RITA award for paranormal romance for the third book of her Dark Forgotten series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness.
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Sub Genre: Steampunk & Magic
Romance: Minor love triangle
This novel is set in London 1888, and Eveline Cooper, the fictional niece of literary detective Sherlock Holmes is a guest at her friends Imogene Roth's home. Eveline parentage and history is revealed in the course of the book and so is the world she lives in. The author does a solid job in not mind dumping everything at once about her or her world. Holloway's world is unveiled slowly as if it was a flower opening it's petals. The main thrust is that London is controlled by, the Steam Barons, the capitalists who control the utilities of the nation. They have a strangle hold on the power and do anything in their power to supplant new technology that would destroy their power base. In the world Holloway creates magic is a real thing, and magic users are still put to death by burning. The trials and death sentences are not anything about morality or magic being evil; it's another 'technology' the Steam Barons, can't control so it is outlawed. The book is a murder mystery that surrounds the Roth household when one of it's servants is found murdered.
Why to me this book isn't a five star read. Despite the stellar world building, and really good characters I couldn't give the book five stars because it left too many loose ends at the end of the book. There were a ton of plot devices that were introduced that went no where, but I assume they will be covered in the other two books. The author should have at least solved the main murder to a satisfying end. I can handle loose ends in a series setting up future adventures but the main murder should've been tied up.
Second reason is that as a reader I didn't need Eveline's uncle riding in at the eleventh hour to reveal all to Eveline. She was doing a bang up job in her own. It felt too much like a damsel in distress and the elders needed to step in.
Third the love triangle of Eveline, Tobias and Nick. I think the secondary character of Imogene and Bucky had more heat that Eveline and Tobias. Tobias is a fool looking for a leader. Nick on the other hand is rough and tumble, but the author also made him brutish, at the end which I didn't respect. It had my head whipping as he was not like that until then.
I am continuing the series both by listening and reading. The audio book narration was fabulous.
This third book, A Study In Ashes, rounded out a really great series. The book was able to tie up all that was established in A Study In Silk (book #1) and further developed in A Study In Darkness (book #2), which is actually a lot when you take into consideration all the various characters, their storylines and subplots. Each character, from Evelina to Nick to Tobias to Imogen and even Alice and Poppy, they all had their moment in the spotlight to step up and be a hero in their own rights. Considering this was the third and final installment, it’s expected that this book would have a little more action than the previous books to serve as the payoff to all the built up occurring in the prior installments.
All around the whole series was a joy to read. It was different from what I’ve read before. With Emma Jane Holloway’s great writing and creative take on steampunk and inclusion of a famous detective, her books immersed you into an alternative world of the Victorian era. What made the series and books work was that Holloway was able to play the long game in terms of her story plots. While in some aspects the first book revolved around a standalone storyline, various references were made to a bigger plot that wouldn’t be explained in that one book. And when you read the second book, you see that those points mentioned in the first book is being addressed and expanded, continuing on towards a culmination in the third book. It’s effectiveness comes from Holloway making references to past events that have occurred in the previous installments, which not only keeps you as the reader from forgetting significant events but illustrates continuity within the story and the consequences of previous actions. And considering all the subplots included within the overall bigger plot, I was impressed how Holloway managed to keep them all in line without becoming too convoluted and difficult to follow.
When you combine the creativity, storywise, with the writing and including the drama, action, angst, romance and magic element, The Baskerville Affair series was a unique and engrossing read. Yes, the pacing and tone may seem a bit slow at times (after all it is set in Victorian Era England so I suppose it’s proper?), but somehow it all still works. You know there’s a bigger overall plot web that the characters are all involved in and in one way or another it’s all coming to a head. And actually, with the way this book ended, Holloway left room for her to continue the story for Evelina, Nick, Tobias and the rest. If she does decide to continue it in the future, I would look forward to immersing myself in her version of Victorian England. But in the meantime, I am happy to having just finished this wonderful series of hers.
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