Review: A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway

Monday, October 28, 2013
Series: The Baskerville Affair #3
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

This book was a bit more serious than the first two but it really needed to be. What with war coming and all. The Baskerville rebels are leading into taking down the Steam Council. The Steam Council's high handed behavior has been loathed by the aristocrats, the poor, the working class, and the entirety of the Empire for too long. With the Schoolmaster leading the way, the rebels are raging against the council once and for all. And everyone has their own hand in it.

When A Study in Darkness ended, Evelina was in the Gold King's clutches. She had tried to save the love of her life's ship and his life in turn but believes that she has failed and he is dead. Imogen is lost in the spirit fighting a lifelong battle against her evil twin, Anna. Tobias is working for the Gold King and has an uneasy treaty with his wife and the Gold King's daughter, Alice. Lord Bancroft, Poppy, Bucky, Holmes, and the whole crew are around as well.

In this book we get a slice of the story from everyone's perspective and we get to see it all finally come together at the end. Although we're getting information throughout the entire book and the timelines all add up, it is a little hard to see where it's all leading. The mysterious underground Black Kingdom is finally revealed. And honestly, I was a bit thrown off by it. When you find out who the Black King truly is, you're going to be like "Wait, what?!?" It's all a bit confusing, that portion of the book. And I had to read it a couple times to make sure I understood. In the end, I'm still not certain it was still a necessary part of the story other than for one particular thing that leaves us with a cliffhanger at the end of the book. Which I thought this was supposed to be a trilogy but we are left with the ideal that there could definitely be more coming, specifically from one branch.

I like the ending of the book though. I feel like Evelina really comes into herself and she finally gets a good mash up of who she is. She's struggled with that throughout the series. She really comes into her own and finally accepts her power for what it is. Most of our main characters get their happily ever after which I was glad for because who doesn't like a good ending? Fools that's who. I don't know about the one part though, it was pretty weird and felt clumsy to me. So I decided on 4 stars because of that otherwise we would have been at a 5. Otherwise though it's good series and you should definitely check it out.


  1. Nice review Amber, I want some more steampunk in my reading diet, adding this to the wishlist.

    1. I am so loving steampunk right now. This is a great series. Definitely check it out. I have another steampunk review coming up soon that was absolutely amazing. So be on the look out for that one too.


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