I picked up the first book in this series because I’d heard good things about it from readers who also enjoyed the stories in K.J. Charles’ Charm of Magpies world. They were spot-on in their recommendation, and I’ll also throw in my hat that fans of either series will enjoy the other.
Once you get beyond the m/m romance set in an urban fantasy version of the Victorian era, the books have more differences than similarities. This series takes place in America, and Whyborne and Griffin are not at all like Crane and Day. But the heart and themes and character development and ridiculous adventure are all there, to be thoroughly enjoyed.
Much of the supernatural element of this book very obviously took it’s influence from Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos. This is not a criticism — in fact, I’m going to be extra gleeful in reading about characters that Lovecraft would have absolutely feared and despised.
There are some points in this novel where it’s obvious that the author is getting her handle on this world and these characters. However, I’m excited to immediately dive into the next book.