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I could not stand Sophia. Her excessive pride, her arrogance, the continuous self-justification for lying, her shallow and obsessive personality - ugh! Mr. Rutledge is a cardboard hero; the romantic sparks are more of a damp fizzle.
Ms. McShane's AU is amazingly complex. It was enough to make me read through Book 2. If she does any more in this series, I'll certainly buy those books. But I hope any new characters will be more charming, with real depth, like Elinor and Miles in Bk 1, than Sophia and Mr. Rutledge in this story.
Sophia is a respected Dreamer, a person who with psi abilities who can use dreams and visions to do things like see the immediate future and envision the world through another person’s eyes. However, she feels that her abilities as a Dreamer are in doubt when she is dismissed from military service after she accuses Lord Endicott (one of the villains from the first book) of embezzling and the Army does not believe her. Sophia then embarks on an obsessive quest to prove that Endicott is corrupt by using her dreams to show that he is involved in another criminal enterprise—forging money. In doing so, she risks her health, friendships, and the possibility of finding love with the intriguing Mr. Rutledge.
This entire novel is a game of cat and mouse between Sophia and Lord Endicott. Or maybe it might be more accurate to compare the relationship to one cat stalking another, as each of them tries to bring the other down. The interplay between the two kept me interested in what would happen next.
Readers who really like a lot of action might have a bit of trouble getting through this book, though. Much of the novel literally takes place in Sophia’s head as she dreams. She does go out and actually do things when she can, but as a woman in 19th century England, her ability to act is naturally going to be limited. Sophia is frustrated by her inability to do more, at having to sit around and wait for others to act, and it does get somewhat frustrating for the reader at times as well.
However, the frustration I felt at times over the pacing of the book was counteracted by my enjoyment of how the romance between Sophia and Mr. Rutledge was written. Unlike the first book in the series, where the relationship between the two main characters is kept pretty much in the background for most of the book, Sophia recognizes fairly early on that she has fallen in love. However, Mr. Rutledge’s own actions put a barrier between them in a way that seemed fairly realistic to me. If a person doesn’t believe in you or manipulates you for his benefit, as Mr. Rutledge does to Sophia, it’s going to make it harder to trust in him enough to reveal how you feel about that person. When they both finally reveal their feelings for each other, in the final chapter, the resolution of their romance is quite sweet.
I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical fantasy flavored with a bit of romance. And I’m really looking forward to the next in the series. It will be about Daphne, an Extraordinary Bounder who is a particularly enjoyable character in this book..
An eARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
All that said, I still thought this book was fantastic. The heroine is conflicted in her pursuit. I found her to be very relatable in that regard. The book is well-paced, never getting bogged down or rushing through scenes. And you’re left with a sense of knowing the characters so well you hope to visit them again in future books.