ebook, 200 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Pocket Star
In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
This book started off interesting and had enough elements in it to become engrossing albeit in a superficial way – the friendship between the three women, the protagonist’s apparent agency (though she always ended up being saved) and the brisk action in the narrative. The mythology the book operated in what new and somewhat innovative though it had the same ingredients as other fantasy novels.
What dragged the book down severely for me were a number of things: the lack of description about the protagonist. What did she look like? This was never addressed and it frustrated me beyond belief. I wanted a physical sense of her and I didn’t get it. Was that deliberate? I don’t know. Then the sudden ending that seriously seemed like the author had decided to stop writing in the middle of a chapter. It was sloppy and compounded my frustration which is probably the opposite of what the author intended. The cliff hanger ending did not titillate me; it did not make me want to read the next book immediately. It angered me and made me decide not to pursue this series because like it or not, the probability that the next book in the series is going to end in the same awkward type of cliffhanger is high.
So in conclusion, the novel is certainly entertaining but I’d advise you to wait until the entire series is done before starting it.