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Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway

As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.

But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.

This is the third instalment in the Baskerville Affair and I knew it would be great. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. A Study in Ashes is exactly what you come to expect from Emma Jane Holloway. A Study in Ashes is full humor and it allows your imagination to have no limits.This trilogy has become more than Evelina's story, Everything we love about the first two books will come full circle in the third book ,leaving the reader feeling satisfied because there are no unanswered questions. I love that the author is not afraid to take chances with her characters or her readers hearts.

Emma Jane Holloway had  opened the door to a Victorian Steampunk world that fascinates us in today's 21st Century. "A Study in Ashes", the third of Emma Jane's trilogy in the Baskerville Affair series, is full of wonderful characters like Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain. Emma Jane manages to lure us into the steampunk era with joy and excitement. Her plot line is strong and the cast of characters are well interwoven, it's Emma Jane's vivid descriptions of Victorian London that make you turn the pages. Author Emma Jane Holloway has created a story in this sub-genre that is immensely entertaining, with beautifully written passages and dialogue, and characters that are utterly intriguing. Evelina is a tough but likable heroine with two very different personalities, both sides of which are appealing in their own way not only to the reader, but to Nick and Jasper as well.

This story is packed with plenty of action both in and outside of the bedroom. They pace moves the reader along briskly, with twists and turns to keep the reader interested. I highly recommend this entire series.

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