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THE RED PLAGUE AFFAIR
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Readers new to Bannon and Clare may find book two in the series a bit hard to follow. The magical references are unexplained and left for the reader to decipher, which is difficult until the end; however, the characters are relatable and slowly draw the reader’s sympathy. The magic-based twists in the storyline are sometimes unbelievable but serve to keep the reader interested. While overall a creative and intriguing novel, it would be much easier to follow if the magical elements were better addressed.
After being saved from death by Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime for the ruling spirit of Britannia, mentath Arcibald Clare is forced by his friends to stay in her care until he recovers. Bannon encourages him to forget his obsession with the evil Dr. Francis Vance and direct his attention to the safety of Britannia and Londinium. During Clare’s stay, Bannon is ordered by the queen to find physicker John Morris. As the search becomes more dangerous, Bannon enlists the help of all those who are close to her. They discover a new disease that could cripple Englene and possibly even the world. Suddenly, it is a race against time to solve the mystery and save the population. (ORBIT, May, 294 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed By: Annalee Schuck
Published: May 2013