Hi readers! Long time no see. I’ve been moving, so it’s been admittedly kind of crazy over here. I’m finally starting to settle in to my new place in a land far-far away (okay, it’s just Colorado) so it’s time for a book review!
Thanks to the author as well as Tordotcom for the review copy!
The most interesting things in Maud Blyth’s life have happened to her brother Robin, but she’s ready to join any cause, especially if it involves magical secrets that may threaten the whole of the British Isles. Bound for New York on the R.M.S. Lyric, she’s ready for an adventure.
What she actually finds is a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and a beautiful stranger in Violet Debenham, who is everything—a magician, an actress, a scandal—Maud has been trained to fear and has learned to desire. Surrounded by the open sea and a ship full of loathsome, aristocratic suspects, they must solve a murder and untangle a conspiracy that began generations before them.
This is a continuing story in the world of The Last Binding, and it follows Robin’s sister Maud. It is a sequel, however, and it mentions events that happened in A Marvellous Light, so make sure to read that one first (you won’t regret it!).
Maud is on a cruise ship crossing the Atlantic back to the UK from America with her companion, Mrs. Navenby, whom she knows to be one of the holders of a piece of the Contract that has become such an important item. Mrs. Navenby is found dead very shortly into the voyage and so it is up to Maud, as well as her newfound friend Violet Debenham (as well as another familiar face) to try and figure out who killed her, and most importantly, where her piece of the Contract is.
I really enjoyed this one, though not quite as much as A Marvellous Light. That comes down to personal preference and my really, really liking Edwin Courcey as a character. This one is still just as well written and immersive as its predecessor. The relationship between Maud and Violet was interesting, and the plot moved along quite quickly, keeping me quite engaged in this story.
All told, I would absolutely recommend reading this book if you enjoyed A Marvellous Light. I can’t wait for more in this world, and I really hope that book three is about the person that I want it to be about. 5/5 stars!~
I’m going to read this very soon, I hope! I loved A Marvellous Light😁