A STUDY IN DARKNESS
Holloway’s second in her Baskerville Affair series is both a riveting steampunk adventure and a master class in characterization. The villains and scoundrels continue to be wonderfully complex, and heroine Evelina only grows more interesting as she explores the fearsome and fascinating darker side of her Blood magic. The story, however, often feels crowded by convoluted and shifting alliances and a too-large cast of secondary and tertiary characters. But the novel truly shines when Holloway lets her brilliant and flawed heroes and anti-heroes reflect on the people they’ve been and the people they want to become.