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Publisher's Summary

The game is afoot! London's geniuses are being picked off by a vicious killer, and Emma Bannon, a sorceress in the service of the Empire, must protect the next target, Archibald Clare. Unfortunately he's more interested in solving the mystery of the murders than staying alive...
In a world where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare will face dark sorcery, cannon fire, high treason and the vexing problem of reliably finding hansom cabs in the city.
©2012 Lilith Saintcrow (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Rockets through a Britain-that-wasn't with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time" (Patricia Briggs)
"Intricate plotting and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch" (Publisher's Weekly)
"Don't miss this one...she's fabulous" (Christine Feehan)
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By sharon on 07-19-13

Fantastical mech monsters..

An extremely descriptive story, I actually enjoyed the world and the stuffy imperious Emma, but found the surrounding characters even more interesting and I hate to say this as I love this authors works I sometimes got lost (even though eloquently done)in the very detailed telling, lots of rewinding back.
There is so much going on that the development of the relationships between characters got lost in the telling with the exception of Emma and her Shield and these moments where very few and far between.
The antagonists plan was deliciously nefarious and clever, L.S's imagination regarding the mechs and the caste type system regarding what powers you have that is the job you do is what kept me reading. It's very difficult to come up with something that is new but it's done here.
The best bits are the fantastical monsters, plots and the pure imagination of the world.

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By Christine on 10-27-14

Less description, more plot...

I was confused by the narration of this book, as the two main characters (and their internal thoughts) all sounded the same. It was very hard to follow. Added to this was the poor plot. Basically, they go somewhere they shouldn't, they get into a magical fight where various descriptive phrases are repeated again and again, and then they go somewhere else they shouldn't, and have another fight.

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