In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
Review: Amazing! I fell in love with this book from start to finish. Top 3 books that I have read so far this year and definitely one of my Top 10 books I have ever read. I could not put it down and wanted to jump into the action. The world Viehl built is so lush and rich. The characters are so far-fetched but at the same time believable. They all work well together in their strangeness. Steampunk has definitely become my new favorite genre of books.
Kit has a group of friends that run the gamut of professions from dressmaker to police officer. Kit is this wonderful character who is beyond full of spunk. A woman who knows who she is and prides herself in not being like most women of Rumsen. Kit does not want to be taken care of nor told what to do. Even when she finds herself in trouble she fights off the help from the two men that insist on helping her.
I loved the interactions that Kit had with Dredmore. They have such a love hate relationship that completely explodes off the page when they have scenes together. As their story enfolds you really get to know more about each character. Their life stories are entwined and it is exciting to see how Kit reacts to what she learns about her family history.
This book was an excellent start to this series and I hope that there are many more books to come. I recommend this book to anyone that likes something different than the typical romance or paranormal romance. The romance aspect is there but there is much more emphasis on plot and characterization which I really liked.