- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316127191
- ISBN-13: 978-0316127196
- Genre: paranormal fiction, romance, steampunk,
- Target audience: adults and not only…
An unknown ghost with short concentration span has just informed Alexia that somebody is plotting a regicide and certain vampires are still hell-bent on killing her unborn infant-inconvenience. To protect her unborn child she is going to do something unthinkable – let it be adopted even before it is born. And the happy foster parent will be… well, guess. 🙂
One problem solved; now Alexia, still employed by Queen Victoria as a mujah, must do her utmost to prevent any regicide, especially that most likely a supernatural being is involved – more precisely a werewolf. The uncomfortable investigation will make her discover a lot about her husband’s and her late father’s past, always a dangerous thing when there are so many secrets to unveil…and so many sensitive toes to tread on. Prepare yourself for plenty of tea, treacle tart and some murderous teapots as well.
- The heroine is married and pregnant for the second book and still there is some well-balanced romance between her and her werewolf husband – go figure ;). No love triangle, no teenage angst, no third party involved.
- The series is undoubtedly steampunk but without getting very violent or bloody or deadly serious. I would call it steampunk entertainment because it does entertain.
- As I’ve already mentioned entertainment…the paranormal aspect is seasoned with a healthy dose of humour, that’s why even vampires, ghosts and werewolves are palatable.
- Generally Ms. Carriger’s sense of humour appeals to me (which means I grin or even laugh like mad while reading her books)…forgive me if I repeat myself.
- Comestibles like tea, treacle tart, sponge cakes and finger sandwiches make the book so incredibly appetizing to read that I get instantly hungry. Normally I am a poor eater so it is an advantage, no?
- Secondary characters from previous parts are never forgotten; what’s more, they are also given a chance to develop and become more and more three-dimensional with every part (I think here mainly but not only about Lord Akeldama, Madame Lefoux, Professor Lyall, Floote and of course Alessandro Tarabotti, the long-deceased father of our dear Alexia; I can never get enough of him).
- Finally Victorian London and its society is really nicely rendered here.