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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 C.J. Archer (P)2017 C.J. Archer
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5 out of 5 stars
By BikeVON on 03-27-17

A great follow up to book 1!

The excitement continues in the second installment of this historical fiction. Magically objects and people with the propensity to wield it is the theme in this book.

If you read the first book you know that Matt, our mysterious bad boy, is a wounded good bad boy. Those are the most delicious to fall in love with as India will discover.

Every intelligent independent female follows their own course of action. The usual consequences are she needs to be rescued from these dangerous situations. For Matt and India, Matt gets an opportunity to voice his admonishments in physical closeness to India which violates the Victorian rules on propriety.

The tension increases as Matt illness progress, his imminent departure and now a mystery to solve. Of course, his household is no longer a place of solace with his aunt in residence. Her presence is not only stressful to Matt but to his American cousins as well.

The mystery is a learning experience for the reader and India. We find other people can imbued magic into objects and we discover more about the process. Astoundingly magic is more rampant as the best kept secret than we thought from the first book.

To be an ill man, Matt gets into more physical altercations than an ill man should be able to survive. With his protective circle, there is more bickering about his care and more people going off on their own, so he does not have to. No one stops to think these situations call for Matt to come to their rescuer.

There are still so many questions about the magic, when Matt and India will pledge their affections and what is in American for our heros. C. J. Archer has written a series for us Victorian Sci-Fi & Fantasy that I enjoy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kismet on 07-03-17

Loved it!

I loved this historical fantastical mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the story, from beginning to end. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Good stuff. The narration was top notch too.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 02-04-18

More easy escapism!

If you liked the first book in the series you will most probably like this one too as it is much in the same vein. Not intellectually demanding and a bit silly in many parts, it serves its purpose as an escapist historical romance/detective story and as that is what I want at the moment I am ordering the third in the series; however, if you want a book that will stretch you and something you can get your teeth into then this isn't for you .

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3 out of 5 stars
By jo on 10-26-17

Needs more action and excitement

Not very exciting narration ok but needs more excitement to keep me listening a bit flat.

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