Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price.
I devoured this book so quickly, and with such enjoyment, that I forgot to take any notes for my review! Brinkley’s debut novel features romance, magic, and mystery set in historical London. She weaves together the tropes from multiple genres without ever falling into stereotype. And despite the large cast of supporting characters, all are unique and well-drawn.
Though the romance is inevitable due to genre expectations, Thomas and Em’s evolving relationship never feels contrived or inevitable. I believed in their growing attraction, grieved during the requisite dark moment, and cheered for their reconciliation and happily ever after. The mystery aspect of the novel featured a delightful plot twist that added to the story as a whole.
I’m looking forward to the other two books in this series. Brinkley’s take on magical London is sure to delight historical fantasy and and historical romance readers alike.
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.