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A Study in Darkness: Book Two in The Baskerville Affair Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013

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Book 2 of 3 in the Baskerville Affair Series

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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)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: The Baskerville Affair (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034553719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345537195
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I left a 4 star review for book 1, but after book 2, I am not sure that I am going to finish the series. Book 1 had a few flaws, but was a solidly enjoyable adventure. Unfortunately, in Book 2 those flaws get magnified to the point where it interfered with my enjoyment of the story. In fact, I pretty much hated the beginning and ending of this novel. The only reason I managed to read through to the ending was because the Jack the Ripper storyline was so well executed.

What went wrong? Let's start with the fact that I bought Book 1 partly because Evelina was the niece of Sherlock Holmes, which meant I expected her to actually solve some mysteries. In Book 1, she did a little bit of sleuthing and solved a few puzzles, but the big mysteries that kicked off the series were left dangling. Evelina, I thought, would surely get around to solving those in Book 2 - especially since I thought that at least one solution was obvious and that Evelina would surely figure it out. I mean, Evelina's entire reason why she is special is that she is talented in both magic and in building clockwork machines. You would think she would be able to unravel a mystery involving an evil magician and the automatons he built. But no. We are repeatedly told that Evelina is intelligent, but she does not solve mysteries in Book 2 unless she accidentally stumbles on the answer.

I repeat, despite constant reminders from the author that Evelina intelligent and is related to the famous detective, we rarely see her use her brain. This is not good writing.

Speaking of mysteries, twice in this series a character who is not Evelina learns a key piece of information by hiding in a closet and overhearing a conversation. TWICE.
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A Study in Darkness (The Baskerville Affair Book 2)by Emma Jane Holloway

Following up from the first book is the long awaited (I was waiting for the paper copy to show up in the mail) sequel. This one is no disappointment. But be prepared this is for lovers of epic tales who have the time for an epic book that makes the reader turn each page with anticipation.

We return to the world of Evelina Cooper, niece to Sherlock Holmes. Her lover from the circus, Nick, has stolen Athena, the air spirit, and has made an airship to give Athena the skies while he becomes a pirate. While her lover from society, Tobias, has forged an alliance with the Gold King, and is soon to marry the Gold Kings daughter to further cement that relationship. Imogen, Tobias's sister and Evelina's best friend, is further troubled by nightmares and soon to be ever more troubled that they might not just be nightmares. Evelina, betrayed on both sides, has removed herself from London, and now is returning to resume her life and hopefully avoid the trouble of marriage in hopes of gaining further education. She returns to find that her uncle is under attack from several of the various ‘kings’ of England.

These are only a few of the threads that weave through this novel and I can assure you that you will need a stack of 3 by 5 cards to keep track of everything and everyone in this story. Evelina will have the usual struggles and challenges that would hamper any independent minded young woman in 1888 England, but she will also be faced with some tough choices involving her friends.

Following the same tradition of Steampunk aka GasLamp and paranormal fiction Emma Jane Holloway has crafted a strange new world of magic and mechanics that thrust the reader forward in unstoppable motion.
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The continuation of this story arch did not disappoint me in the least in fact it kept me on the edge of my seat. Between answering questions from the first book and opening new ones. Usually in trilogies I have always had a difficulty with the middle book because it is the bridge. The midst between the beginning and the end. Either the story gets lost, or you can barely trude through it but you do just to get through the last. But that is not what happens here.

Our author does so much more....blending true historical facts within her book and popular stories even at the same time...I could not put it down. She made me feel the difference where Evelina was, not the mention the need to find where she truly belonged. I am already in the third book but knew I needed to stop long enough to add my feelings here and hope that others read my little post and choose the read these books. I know that at least for myself I has been an enrichment.
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I hate writing reviews -- but this one just demanded it.

I bought the first volume out of curiosity -- I like to sample Holmesian spinoff fiction, especially by women authors, and Gail Carriger's lovely Parasol Protectorate had inspired me to dip a dubious toe just a little further into steampunk.

First, be warned -- this is the first part of one gigantic tale. Buying this is a lot like buying the first book of Lord of the Rings -- if you like it, you'll find yourself champing at the bit for #2 and 3 to download.

And oh boy, will you be glad when they do! I was heartbroken when this trilogy came to an end, though that didn't stop me from roaring through it at top speed, riveted to my kindle.

The first volume gets off to rather a slow start, but by the time you're a third of the way in, you will have forgotten that. It's slow in part because it starts out detailing the stifling lives of two upper-class young women in a full-Victorian steampunk world, and those lives were pretty claustrophobic. But these two young women end up having amazingly high adventure, going through two very different kinds of refiner's fire, and changing their world to boot -- it's worth working your way through the intro.

I'm writing this review from the perspective of having finished the trilogy yesterday, so I'm going to review the whole work. First, it is a fully fleshed-out world Holloway has created -- I think its rules and realities will always flavor my understanding from now on (which should be interesting!). The characters become like people you know well -- very well developed. The many plot threads are all gripping, and resolve in a wonderfully satisfying way at the trilogy's close.
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