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World Building Rocks
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 11, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sub Genre: Steampunk & Magic
Romance: Minor love triangle
This novel is set in London 1888, and Eveline Cooper, the fictional niece of literary detective Sherlock Holmes is a guest at her friends Imogene Roth's home. Eveline parentage and history is revealed in the course of the book and so is the world she lives in. The author does a solid job in not mind dumping everything at once about her or her world. Holloway's world is unveiled slowly as if it was a flower opening it's petals. The main thrust is that London is controlled by, the Steam Barons, the capitalists who control the utilities of the nation. They have a strangle hold on the power and do anything in their power to supplant new technology that would destroy their power base. In the world Holloway creates magic is a real thing, and magic users are still put to death by burning. The trials and death sentences are not anything about morality or magic being evil; it's another 'technology' the Steam Barons, can't control so it is outlawed. The book is a murder mystery that surrounds the Roth household when one of it's servants is found murdered.
Why to me this book isn't a five star read. Despite the stellar world building, and really good characters I couldn't give the book five stars because it left too many loose ends at the end of the book. There were a ton of plot devices that were introduced that went no where, but I assume they will be covered in the other two books. The author should have at least solved the main murder to a satisfying end. I can handle loose ends in a series setting up future adventures but the main murder should've been tied up.
Second reason is that as a reader I didn't need Eveline's uncle riding in at the eleventh hour to reveal all to Eveline. She was doing a bang up job in her own. It felt too much like a damsel in distress and the elders needed to step in.
Third the love triangle of Eveline, Tobias and Nick. I think the secondary character of Imogene and Bucky had more heat that Eveline and Tobias. Tobias is a fool looking for a leader. Nick on the other hand is rough and tumble, but the author also made him brutish, at the end which I didn't respect. It had my head whipping as he was not like that until then.
I am continuing the series both by listening and reading. The audio book narration was fabulous.