Kristen Callihan comes to the blog wth the second in the Darkest London series, this one adds a twisty mystery to all of the steampunky goodness within. Please read on for my review of
Daisy is recently widowed and reveling in the fact that she can now live her own best life. She’s had a bit of rough go, but her sister Miranda has always been her cheerleader, but she’s got secrets too. But after suffering six years at the hands and will of her abusive husband, she’s determined to never be cowed again, and to protect her heart at all costs. After all – who could want her? But, it isn’t long before a series of murders all seem to lead to her (or threaten her) in some way, and she’s got to get over wanting to take care of herself and ask for help.
Ian is the Marquis of Northrup, and has managed to not reveal his own secrets to London society, for to do so would be devastating. But, there is a killer who now threatens his secret, and has embroiled the lovely (and now free from encumbrance) Daisy with the repeated murder victims. Ian knows that he can and should investigate, and he also is aware that he should protect and watch over Daisy – so perhaps they can combine the two?
There is a ton of emotion and newness here: the world-building and legend of the lycans is unique and clever, other paranormal creatures that I’ve never before seen, from separating werewolves from lycan and twisting up ghosts with her own version of a ‘gim’ or ghost in the machine. When you add in the multiple red-herrings to the mystery, the palpable sexual tension between Ian and Daisy, and the rather sweetly developing romance between them as they come together in very ‘sherlock-like” interactions over the investigations, to the far more charged personal moments as their pasions build, the story just keeps on giving more surprises and moments of delight. Clearly adding to the world in Firelight, the story works alone but taking these two in order does help to build the reader’s impression and understanding of the world of Darkest London.
Narration for this story is again provided by Moira Quirk, and she presents a cast of characters that are distinct, unique, and above all, clearly available throughout the story. From tone and delivery changes, to small pauses, emotional moments and carrying the sense of attraction between Daisy and Ian, the story is engaging and hard to put down.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration: 4 Story 4
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #2
Also in this series: Firelight, Winterblaze
Genre: British, Historic Elements, Paranormal, Romantic Elements, Science Fiction / Steampunk, Victorian
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 31 July, 2012
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 32 minutes
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Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .
Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.