Dayton returns to her magical, steampunk-inspired London of the 1800s to further explore the collision of magic and women's rights. From the moment they meet, her protagonists lead readers on an amazing journey filled with murder and mayhem but also the growth of an amazing relationship. Dayton blends all these elements together so brilliantly that the resulting story is pure magic.
Master conjurer Grey Carteret is in an untenable situation. Waking up in a London gutter with no memory of how he got there, he is surprised to learn he has been protected by a ragged street urchin. After being falsely accused of magical murder, Grey agrees to a bargain: He will take the urchin on as an apprentice in exchange for the delivery of a message.
Grey is in for a surprise. His urchin is actually Miss Pearl Parkin, budding sorceress. Someone is trying to raise a demon and is using murder and magic to do it. Because of the historic reluctance to allow women to practice magic, Grey and Pearl are charting new ground in the hunt for a murderer. (TOR, Jan., 432 pp., $6.99)