Series: London Steampunk #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
"He knew her not at all."
I'm not even done with this book and I have to say this 6 word sentence broke my heart. Bec McMaster's skill of entrapping a reader in her stories had to been some sort of witchcraft. Within the first 100 pages, I was completely and fervently engrossed.
Rosalind is a revolutionary marauder for the Humanist movement in London. She peruses the streets fighting against the Echelon under the mask of Mercury. After her husband died 8 years earlier she vowed to keep up his cause and has tried her best to accomplish what she could to bring down the blue bloods. She has a long history, some of entwined with the blue bloods, and other parts fighting to keep her family together. Jasper Lynch comes on her radar one night when the Nighthawks are hunting down Mercury. But the meeting is nothing like she imagined it would be.
Everyone knows who Jasper Lynch is, a rouge blue blood who has been the leader of the Nighthawks for decades. He is a cold, hard man. On the brink of the Echelon but because of his rouge status he's never quite been accepted. He's definitely made his own way. Jasper isn't just a cold hearted blue blood though, there are layers in that man that I couldn't even believe. When Rosa and Jasper come together it's like magic. I was so involved with them, I needed things to work out between them I just did.
I really enjoyed the double roll that Rosa was playing. She was Mercury and Mrs. Marberry. I think that she got to see things of Jasper that she wouldn't have otherwise. And I think that they both ended up coming to the conclusion that their goals weren't too far removed from each other in the end. They were both fighting for a bigger group and despite their differences they were able to come together. And towards the end of the book when "Mercury" came in through the window, I almost died.
I loved this book so much, I might read it again. And I NEVER read books more than once. At least usually. But I loved this book. I know I keep saying that. But I loved Rosa and I loved Jasper and they were both so amazing and you just have to read this book. You have too. The other two books in this series were amazing but this one was just off the charts for me.