I had no expectations when I bought this book but I was blown away! I loved it! The only bad part was getting to the end and realising that I wo have ..Show More »to wait for the next. I only finished it this afternoon and have already recommend it to three people.
As a second book in what must be at least a trilogy (more! please more!), it very honorably holds its ground. If there's less action and a bit mor..Show More »e 'exposé', it's only understandable.
I particularly liked the parts where the subtleties of life in Victorian London are explained. Details like smog or dogfights imbue the narrative with a particular atmosphere that thoroughly enriches the horrors that await the reader.
Overall, the quality of the writing is on par with the first book, but because of the need for some explanation and clarifications to be expected in relation with time-travel, it may *seem slightly less gripping* than its predecessor. It remains a very enjoyable book.
In a lot of ways this was probably the best book of the series. It felt like a very different story to The Wolves of London, as the supernatural eleme..Show More »nt fell into the background and time travel became the main focus, but made for a satisfying end to the trilogy.
I think others who struggled with the 2nd book would do well to persevere with book 3. There were still some slow sections and far less action than the previous books, but the direction of the story surprised me in a good way.
I praised book 2 for handling the idea of time travel in a very classy way and not relying on lazy "time travel can fix everything" tropes. This mostly continues here (ignoring the first "plot line fixing" chapter) although at a faster pace, not staying in one place for too long.
By the time I reached the halfway point the main story line felt finished and I wondered how the book would use it's second half to wrap up the series. By the end the story is definitively finished, doing very well to answer all of the important questions and adding several revelations that I personally didn't see coming. You certainly won't view book 1 in the same away again!
Overall a satisfying conclusion to a very intriguing series - if you've started the journey I recommend you see it through.