This was not a long novel, but I think I would have devoured it just as quickly had it been twice the length. I’ve decided that I adore Lord Crane. Like any true romantic hero, he has looks, brains, and money. But his personality, lack of regard for polite society, and familiarity with the world beyond London are what really appeal to me.
It was an interesting narrative choice to have Lord Crane be the only point of view character in this novel, but at the same time, part of the story’s drama was his lack of connection with his lover Stephen Day for a significant part of the story. I missed Day’s perspective (because I also enjoy his characterization), but this choice worked for me for this particular tale. I do hope to be back with both of them for the conclusion of this trilogy, which I intend to read as soon as possible.
My wish regarding the previous book was granted, in that this novel explored magic connected more to Eastern influences, and we were able to meet more characters from Day’s life. I am quite satisfied with both elements of this book, and look forward to more.
Crane and Day may have reached their emotional happily ever after, but I’m sure there will be more obstacles to them living happily ever after.