- Page Count: 482
- Release Date: January 26
- My Rating: 4 stars
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
This book is like Jane Austen meets The Infernal Devices? It also reminded me a bit of These Vicious Masks. But the worldbuilding is incredible and by far the most detailed Regency era book I’ve ever read! I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, but still learned so many random facts here.
I kind of wish more could’ve been done with character development (or anything to make me hate Lord Carlston a little less), but I guess the stage is set pretty well for the next book. A lot of the more minor characters were really strong.
I’m starting to get really tired of books that are drawn out for the sake of sequels, though. The middle got pretty tedious, BUT I actually wasn’t ever totally bored because the setting was so realistic. So there’s that. If you love this time period, then I’d definitely recommend it! Sorry I don’t have more to say about this… maybe my lack of caring says something about why I took a star off.