Genre: Historical Fantasy, Gaslamp Fantasy
Number of Pages: 312
Date Started: October 27, 2016
Date Finished: October 30, 2016
Synopsis: (From Amazon)
When an apprentice from the Mapmakers’ Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad’s unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear.
With one of the apprentice’s magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India’s fledgling, untried magic to find him. But the more they investigate, the more sinister plots they uncover, including a link between the Mapmakers’ and Watchmakers’ Guilds, and an ancient magical treasure buried beneath the streets of London.
As the net of suspicion widens and enemies draw closer, it’s not just the apprentice’s life that’s in danger, but Matt’s too. Someone will go to great lengths to prevent him discovering the name of the man who can fix the watch keeping him alive. Great lengths indeed.
I will start out by saying I did find some grammatical issues in this novel, though they did not detract in any way from the story being presented.
The relationships really endear me to this series. There is so much more than what is being said when you read between the lines of interactions between everyone. Learning more about the hereditary passing of magic was quite useful, and it’s been quite enjoyable learning more about the various types of magics as India does.
It’s refreshing that India seems to care so little about romance, though there is clearly something brewing. She seems resigned to being a spinster, but she doesn’t allow herself to make poor choices, instead using that situation to her advantage, acting as a strong, independent woman. Romance is still possible for her, but she doesn’t intend on seeking it as a solution for what to do with her future, which I really adore.
I had not figured out the mystery by the time the plot wrapped up, though I had suspected partial involvement by the time it was revealed. I believe the special collection mentioned in this novel will potentially play a pivotal role in one of the future books in this series, though I could be wrong.
I really enjoyed seeing India become even more independent and knowledgeable in this novel, and I would recommend this book highly.
C. J. Archer is such a great, wonderful person on top of being a great author. She has a fan group on Facebook, CJ Archer’s Ministry of Fans, where people who like her books can talk about them, and Ms. Archer interacts with her fans frequently (which makes her even more endearing). If you are like me and adore her books, join the group and chat with like minded individuals.
Author Biography: (From Amazon)
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. While she has written historical romance in the past, she now writes exclusively in the historical fantasy genre (with a large dose of romance). She has several series which occur in the same Victorian-era “world”, one after the other. Each series can be read alone, but it’s more fun to start at the beginning with THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY. Follow that up with all 9 FREAK HOUSE books, then the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series. GLASS AND STEELE, her newest series, is set in an entirely different alternate Victorian London.
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