The mixture of magic, technology & the alternative victorian timeline were a facinating backdrop to the book which was in itself a brilliant addition ..Show More »to the strong willed female detective with hidden magic trope (pretty much everything I read). I loved that, whilst the novel was writen in from a limited third person view point it kept switching between characters meaning that you missed nothing of what was going on. It often meant that you knew more than the characters & it was a very interesting position to be in as a reader.
I have been absorbed by Ms Holloway's world and characters for just under 69 hours, and I am bereft, starting another book after an epic like this is ..Show More »always a problem for me - I usually return to an old favourite so I can shake off the loss in comfort!
This trilogy of books have been criticised by some for being slow, and to be sure the author doesn't rush through her complex and many stranded plot, and this isn't a wham-bam-whizz-pop breathless OMG sort of book - the author must have had her whole plot line drawn out before she started, I can't see how she kept a track of things otherwise. Little things in book one become important in book three, and everything matters - there are no red herrings here to mislead or trick the reader. Whilst this is essentially Evalina's story, there's a large cast of supporting characters who all get their own chapters and storylines. A lot happens in this, the last of the trilogy. It starts with the aftermath of a death, and the consequences of bargains made in book two, rolls along quite briskly I thought, to the extent that the final denouement is all over rather quickly! If I'd been reading a physical book, I'd have gone back and reread that chapter, but I was on a roll by that point with the end in sight so I ploughed on!
The various strands are brought together to a, for some, satisfactory conclusion, but for others... Let me just say there's another book or three needed here.
Consistently well read, with the many principle characters individually drawn, this is a good trilogy, just be prepared to go along at the author's pace - it's well worth it.