Saturday, January 31, 2015

Steampunk Saturday: A Study in Ashes (The Baskerville Affair #3) by Emma Jane Holloway

This Steampunk Saturday, I have the final book in The Baskerville Affair Series! It took me forever to get going in this series but once I did, I tore through all 3 books in a few days. I loved this series as it built a bridge for me with my husband. I think that is the absolute best to be able to find books that open doors for conversation between people who are reading different things. My husband had recently finished reading the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes and he has a history degree so this series made lots of great conversations possible. Here's the cover and Goodreads blurb for A Study in Ashes:

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, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. 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.
I loved that Evelina was not the sole focus of this book.  It was great to see so many of the supporting characters as they grew into their own strengths and places in the world.  Nick was so brave and strong, he is such a great character and a good friend to Evelina.  Tobias finally decides to make his life mean something.  He finally stands up for his wife and son  and takes responsibility for his own choices.  We really get to see Holmes and Watson working in the background.  Bucky continues to be amazing as he fights for the woman he loves.  Bird and Mouse go on an epic journey and the younger sister, Poppy, proves to be more like Evelina than like Imogen and Tobias.  Imogen is surprisingly brave.  You can really see what makes her such a good friend to Evelina.  I adored this series and highly recommend it!

Click here to add A Study in Ashes to your Goodreads. You can find author Emma Jane Holloway on her website, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Pinterest. I give A Study of Ashes 5 Fairies for the perfect ending to a wonderful series.

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