Series: The Baskerville Affair #2
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Not to be completely cheesy but this book really did become a study in darkness. Evelina is no longer in the good graces of the Roth family. Since she had her unfortunate fling with older brother Tobias and run ins with their father. She's staying in London with her Uncle Sherlock. However, best friend Imogen begs her to come visit in the country and Evelina can't help but go. One small decision can change your life forever and this one is a doozy.
Evelina ends up under Keating's thumb. Which is what he's wanted for a while. He knows that there is something different about her and she has skills that he can profit from. But he's not sure what, luckily for him she makes a mistake that puts her right where he wants it. He blackmails her to move into a different steam barons territory so that he can find out who is making his machinery. Evelina goes deep undercover for this one and meets an old foe that she thought was gone forever and she meets an old friend who has always wanted to be more. And while Evelina is on her mission, she is tempted beyond belief.
While Evelina is our main character in this series, we get a good portion of story from other sources. Because everything is so intertwined we get to see how everything connects to the other players in this game. The intrigue in this book is out of bounds. Everyone is against everyone really. There are a few different villains who are working against Evelina. But those bad guys are also working against each other. And our guys are multifaceted, ambitious, and down right ruthless.
The automatons are big part of this book and things are stupid creepy as well. And the world is so interesting. Although the story is based in London, it's not the Victorian London we know from our history books. We get a good deal of Steampunk in the book as well with the different machines and the magic. And so far we still don't know what Baskerville is or who it is. We know it has to do with the rebellion against the steam barons but that's basically it. The book leaves us at such a cliffhanger and everything is so uncertain that I can't wait to delve into the final book in this series. I'm loving this series and I can't wait to see how everyone else feels about it.