Release Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
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The second half of Disenchanted & Co.—the thrilling conclusion. In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
A few weeks back I read and reviewed part 1, Her Ladyship's Curse, of Lynn Viehl's brand new Steampunk series, Disenchanted & Co., and it was a ball busting cliffhanger! For those of you who are not familiar with the books and series, book 1, Disenchanted & Co. was initially released as a two-part novella (the complete book is now available) which is reflective of book one's plot. Aside from the usual introductions, Part 1 dealt with Kit's investigative case about an affluent woman allegedly terrorized by some supernatural creature. Kit eventually discovered that the perpetrator isn't some magical creature, rather it's an envious kin of the madam who wants her out of the house and their family. Part 1 ended with Kit's life in jeopardy because of her allegations and Part 2, HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED, is a conclusion of that plot line plus additional mayhem that had my head reeling with action and my heart pounding with excitement.
HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED is Lucien Dredmore's arc. Lucien is Kit Kittredge's suitor/boyfriend/lover (I really don't know anymore because of the events that happened here) and he will make you crush on him badly because of his good looks and anti-hero qualities. It's quite obvious that these two have major chemistry and though they've done the dirty deed they're far from "exclusive". Anyway, Dredmore revealed some pretty major stuff here not just about their magical community but also about Kit's family history. Turns out Kit's not as benign as I thought her to be. Kit's power is she can unravel most magical spells which is a pretty nifty ability for an investigator to have. On top of sharing secrets with Kit, Lucien, who is also a powerful deathmage, got possessed by an equally powerful spirit. Kit then finds herself going head to head with Lucien and her dilemma lies in vanquishing said spirit without compromising Lucien's life. As you can tell, it got very complicated and when the conflict reached its apex, I was REELING with adrenalin.
I wish I read Disenchanted & Co. parts 1 & 2 back to back instead of taking a break in between and should you decide to pick this up, I strongly suggest you do that or get the complete book instead. I enjoyed both parts but reading it in a continuous manner would've been better in terms of momentum. The pace from Her Ladyship's Curse going to HER LORDSHIP POSSESSED is at a break-neck speed, the plots put together is exhilarating! The only analogy applicable is a roller coaster ride, I know it's cliche as I'm sure you've read this comparison made to a lot of action-packed fantasy books but I promise it's not an exaggeration. LViehl will take you to great heights and then have you free falling at a 90 degree angle. She'll have you breathing a little fast and your eyes bright with excitement because of the twists and turns of the story. Disenchanted & Co. as a whole is wonderfully paced, the characters enchantingly, the chemistry crackling with sexual tension with a marvelous setting that of Victorian America. Perfect Steampunk read if you ask me.
Read my review of book 1
And trust me, you don't want cliffhanger endings so you might as well purchase the complete book 1, Disenchanted & Co., and while you're at it, grab the next one, The Clockwork Wolf, to round up your experience.