A Study in Silks

Holloway, Emma Jane

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Study in Silks
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with, not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines -- something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Del Rey, 2013
Edition: Dell Rey mass market ed
ISBN: 9780345545640
Characteristics: 549 p. ;,18 cm


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Sep 27, 2014
  • sbryant124 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Book would have been better with some ruthless editing. It was far too long with nothing much happening.

Oct 28, 2013
  • emerge rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This an inventive, entertaining read for fans of steampunk. Evie is a smart, progressive woman for her time & niece to Sherlock Holmes. The plot is complex, full of great characters & all the cool gizmos you'd expect from a book in this genre. I'm particularly fond of Mouse & Bird, her tiny mechanical sidekicks.
It takes a little time to get going as the author introduces a raft of characters & builds her world but hang in there.
I have read the second one, A Study In Darkness, and it's even better so now I'm waiting for the third in this entertaining, well written trilogy.


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