“Evalina Cooper has recently returned to London after a stint at her grandmothers. She is recuperating from a near disastrous first season. But trouble quickly finds Evalina, when a bomb is set in Uncle Sherlock's apartment. Sherlock requests Evalina's help by attending an event thrown by Jasper Keating.
Evalina is a smart young woman but quickly finds herself entrapped in Jasper Keating's plans. She is sent on a secret mission into the impoverished realm of the Blue King. Traversing the life of a poor working young lady, Evalina must infiltrate and join forces with one of her darkest enemies. Will temptation and power corrupt Evalina? Can she save her family or loose everything?
A Study in Darkness is a mind twisting, thought provoking, action adventure. Much darker than the first installment in this series, the story delves deep into the pure evil mechanizations on all sides of this political game. Torn by her responsibilities to duty, honor, and family values, Evalina must make some very difficult and pulse inducing decisions.
I am not a big fan of cliff hangers and this book does provide one doozy of a cliff hanger. That being said, I still loved this story.
Emma Jane Holloway's descriptive writing style pulls you in and keeps you glued till the end. She creates a completely original story based on other famous Victorian era characters while she masterfully adds her own paranormal/steampunk flare. If you are looking for a dark and enthralling, mind engaging, complex, heart pounding story, I highly recommend A Study in Darkness.
I received this ARC copy of A Study in Darkness from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 29, 2013.
Written by: Emma Jane Holloway
Series: The Baskerville Affair
Sequence in Series: 2
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Del Rey - Random House
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Paranormal