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The Ink Master's Silence (Glass and Steele) Paperback – September 2, 2018
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It should be a happy time for India and Matt, but forces beyond their control conspire to ruin their future. A distraction from their troubles comes in the form of murder.
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- Publisher : C.J. Archer (September 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0648214869
- ISBN-13 : 978-0648214861
- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.77 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #185,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 stars--would read again
3 stars--was good, won't read again
2 stars--read it, but didn't enjoy it
1 star--didn't finish, it was so awful
Do I need to read books before this one: yes
Cliffhanger: not really
Matt's healthy! But not yet free. Matt is still talking with Lord Cox, trying to convince him to marry Patience. Plus Matt's uncle is somehow blackmailing him into the marriage.
Matt and India attend dinner at Lord Coyle's. They meet Mr and Mrs Delancey (son of a wool magician), Sir Charles, and Professor Nash (grandson of an iron magician). Mr Delancey is a successful banker, Sir Charles seems to have no profession, and Nash teaches medieval history. All but Nash are collectors and want magic to remain secret because it keeps their collections rare and thus valuable. Nash lectures on the history of magic, talks about powerful magicians who knew the language of magic and could create new spells. They discuss Oscar's articles, that he or his editor, Baggley, needs to be stopped. Mrs Delancey wants her husband's watch touched, Matt says India isn't a magician. Lord Coyle says she makes watches that protect and she combined her magic with a medical magician to extend Matt's life. They start to leave when the butler interrupts, Baggley has been murdered.
They visit Inspector Brockwell in the morning. He doesn't think the murder has anything to do with Oscar's articles. Baggley and Oscar were conferring, Oscar left to get some notes, heard a gunshot, found Baggley dead.
Oscar visits. He's gotten letters nightly for a week telling him to stop writing about magic or else. The note paper is magic. He begs Matt and India to investigate because he thinks he was the intended target.
When Matt's engagement to Patience is announced in the paper, Matt, Duke, Cyclops, Willie, and India make plans to leave London. Then India remembers Matt can't leave Gabe, the medical magician.
The author does a good job moving the characters's lives forward while moving the mystery forward, too. Both are well paced. This book focuses on Matt, India, Miss Glass, and Patience, but previous ones have seen development in Willie and Cyclops.
I love how jealous Matt gets when other men pay attention to India as soon as his engagement is announced. Mr Hendry breaks my heart.
Everyone who likes history, romance, urban fantasy, or cozy mystery
"If I find you two [Duke and Cyclops] have been fighting in the mews, I'll dock your pay and inform both my aunt and Miss Mason. One will lecture you and the other will fawn over you, Cyclops, until you have to admit you have feelings for her." "Don't tell the Mason girl," Duke said to Matt. "Tell your cousin, Charity. She won't fawn, she'll tie him to a bed and call it nursing."
"Do you think he'll tell your uncle that he saw us kissing?" "He will." Matt suddenly scooped me into his arms. "So we might as well do it again."
"You're more confident in yourself, and that confidence makes you desirable."
I tipped my head back against the wall and stared at the ceiling. Finding no inspiration there, I looked at Matt again. The view was infinitely more inspiring.
[Charity's card and the eye patch scene]
POSSIBLE TRIGGERS (SPOILERS)
Language: 0 F words, 11 Lord's name in vain, 0 S words
Violence: less than previous books
Top reviews from other countries
My only gripe is not with the story, but with the Kindle version I downloaded. I use the percentage bar and page numbers to keep track of how much I've read, so felt very short-changed and cheated when I got to about 83% and the book abruptly ended. The remaining 17% was taken up with a very, very long extract from another of the author's books. Usually a few percentages at the end are used for thanks, acknowledgements and short teasers of other publications, which is fine, but here the reader finds the book they've purchased is much shorter than suggested by the page count. If the book is shorter, please don't make it seem it's longer by filling it up with a LOT of other stuff! It really threw me off, as I was looking forward to having another thirty-odd pages and got a shock to find I was unexpectedly at the end. Ironically, I was already intending to buy the other book, but didn't want to spoil that purchase by reading so much of it here. I chose not to read it just yet and skipped it, making its inclusion a bit pointless. The author's work is good enough that only a chapter is necessary to tease the reader into buying it, not half the book!
It follows the same formula of the previous books but we learn more and more as the series goes on. However, instead of wrapping up the series, it ends on a (sort of) cliff hanger with another book to follow. However the story is a complex one combining who-dunnit with a bit of magic plus the will they won't they get together. A wonderful cast of characters and a fascinating look at the 'antics' of the upper classes in the late 1800's. All very believable if rather fortuitous at times. Each book can be read as a stand alone but really are best read in order. A good read with enough of a plot to keep you guessing to the end. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter books then think of this as a more adult story.
Can really recommend the series so far.