A Study in Darkness (Baskerville Affair Series #2)

A Study in Darkness (Baskerville Affair Series #2)

by Emma Jane Holloway
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A Study in Darkness: (Baskerville Affair Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
If you liked Emma Holloway’s A Study in Silks, book two of The Baskerville Affair series, A Study in Darkness is going to burst your corset as we head back into Evelina’s alternate Victorian world. The political battles still rage, growing darker by the minute as the niece of Sherlock Holmes gets ensnared in the world of dark magic and must decide where her loyalties will take her. Will she survive the call of dark magic as she goes undercover for Uncle Sherlock? What evil villain has her in their sights? Emma Holloway has a special style that is completely suited to the Steampunk theme, while creating a world that is growing far darker, far more dangerous and far more intriguing. Was I hooked? Oh yes! Ms. Holloway’s ability to mesh historical fiction with magic and machines, while still keeping things mysterious is a pleasure to read. From the start, through the twists and up to a brilliantly devious finish, I was deep into this fantasy world. The cast is fabulous, from our charming heroine to our nasty villains, the action non-stop and the feel, pure Steampunk! I received an ARC edition from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for my honest review.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that I decided to stick with this series. There was something in the first book that made me want to continue on despite my 3 rating. I was right! Evelina is really beginning to grow on me as our main character. She's got a very unique background with her connections to the aristocracy, the lower class, and then there's her uncle the infamous Sherlock Holmes. But, she really holds her own in this story. She may naive enough to take the bait to be the Gold King's spy, but I can't imagine anyone else for the job. She manages to integrate herself in place that others can't. Plus, she learns things about her magic that likely wouldn't have happened. I imagine that will become more key as the story progresses. I feel the love triangle is kind of up and down this time around. I don't necessarily think Evelina's feeling for Tobias were misplaced. He just didn't seem to think about the repercussions their actions might have on Evelina. Plus, he's too easily swayed by a pretty face. Niccolo's affection seem to be much more genuine. He would do anything for her, including walk away. I'm hoping that Evelina will stick to what seems to be a clear cut choice. Who knows though! I'm really enjoying the little bit we see of Sherlock in this series. He's an character that could easily take center stage, but he stays in the background. He may be part of the bigger picture, but he's not the one maneuvering the pieces. I'm curious as to what his final role will be in this series. And I LOVED the inclusion of Jack the Ripper in this story. This serial killer has fascinated me for years, and I loved how it played out in the story. It stuck with the details of the original crimes and lead to the allure of how it remained unsolved. It worked beautifully here. I'm excited to tackle the next book in the series. I'm not sure if it the final one, but I will savor it and hope the story has a satisfying conclusion if it is!
LLorenz More than 1 year ago
I think of these as Steampunk meets the Holmes family. The imagination in these stories is wonderful.
CiCaMo More than 1 year ago
The whole Baskerville Affair series is incredibly creative and enjoyable! It has everything - action, mystery, adventure and a bit of romance. Emma Jane Holloway is doing an excellent job of describing turn of the century London in steampunk terms. Including Sherlock Holmes makes it even better! Can't wait to read #3!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Evalina Cooper has recently returned to London after a stint at her grandmothers. She is recuperating from a near disastrous first season. But trouble quickly finds Evalina, when a bomb is set in Uncle Sherlock's apartment. Sherlock requests Evalina's help by attending an event thrown by Jasper Keating. Evalina is a smart young woman but quickly finds herself entrapped in Jasper Keating's plans. She is sent on a secret mission into the impoverished realm of the Blue King. Traversing the life of a poor working young lady, Evalina must infiltrate and join forces with one of her darkest enemies. Will temptation and power corrupt Evalina? Can she save her family or loose everything? A Study in Darkness is a mind twisting, thought provoking, action adventure. Much darker than the first installment in this series, the story delves deep into the pure evil mechanizations on all sides of this political game. Torn by her responsibilities to duty, honor, and family values, Evalina must make some very difficult and pulse inducing decisions.  I am not a big fan of cliff hangers and this book does provide one doozy of a cliff hanger. That being said, I still loved this story. Emma Jane Holloway's descriptive writing style pulls you in and keeps you glued till the end. She creates a completely original story based on other famous Victorian era characters while she masterfully adds her own paranormal/steampunk flare. If you are looking for a dark and enthralling, mind engaging, complex, heart pounding story, I highly recommend A Study in Darkness. I received this ARC copy of A Study in Darkness from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 29, 2013. Written by: Emma Jane Holloway Series: The Baskerville Affair Sequence in Series: 2 Paperback: 544 pages Publisher: Del Rey - Random House Publication Date: October 29, 2013 ISBN-10: 034553719X ISBN-13: 978-0345537195 Rating: 5 Stars Genre: Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the first book in this series and number 2 is not a disappointment at all. This is a clever mixture steam-punk with a twist of Holmes added in. And it's all topped off with a self-sufficient young woman. What really sets this one up as different is its take on Jack the Ripper. Unique and quite believable in this world. A good read all around.
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