As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.
Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.
As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.
Review: I was even more amazed with the second book in this series than the first one. Kit continues fighting magic in her curious way. Viehl continues her series in the same vein that she left off the first book of the series. I loved how fast paced the plot was and it kept me guessing and wondering at every turn. I would absolutely love a spin off of Kit’s friend Rina. I think the stories that could come from her character would be fantastic.
I like how this novel like the first was a great departure from the typical romance novel. I was able to read and imagine myself there. I would totally want to be Rina if I could. Kit would be my second choice. I loved how Kit dealt with Dredmore and Doyle. Her wit and logical thinking always seems to get her out of crazy situations. She is rarely afraid and if she is she won’t show it. She is so awesome because she stands up for herself and is so independent in a time where many women just wanted to be taken care of.
There is a little bit of everything in these books. Mystery, intrigue, romance, paranormal and non-stop fun. I will be impatiently waiting for the next one. The paranormal aspect is more along the lines of spirits and ghosts instead of vampires. The romance is also a bit different. You have an officer of the law and a death mage that are both after Kit. One has their feet firmly on the ground and the other likes to live his life in the shadows.
I’m so happy that I was able to read these books. I feel like it totally opened up a new genre for me.