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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?
But then there s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.
Praise for A Study in Silks
This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people s loves and fears collide. I can t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
As Sherlock Holmes s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society and romance in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon. Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel s Legacy series
Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills. Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series
A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits. Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist
In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch. Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series
Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative. Publishers Weekly
Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate. RT Book Reviews (four stars)"
- ISBN-13: 9780345537188
- ISBN-10: 0345537181
- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 549
- Dimensions: 6.88 x 4.41 x 1.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-06-17
- Reviewer: Staff
Evelina Cooper has a taste for science, a gift of magic, a famous uncle (Sherlock Holmes himself), and an uncertain future. Her parents’ scandalous elopement is the talk of the town, and she’s fending off the attentions of both her friend Imogen’s ne’er-do-well brother, Tobias, and her dashing childhood friend, circus performer Nick. Then her stay with Imogen’s family for her debut season is disrupted by the murder of a servant. As they investigate the murder, Evelina and Imogen are drawn into a web of plots surrounding the steam barons who dominate London, and even Evelina’s uncle may not be safe. Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative. The importance of Evelina’s friendship with Imogen is especially welcome, though Holmes’s role in solving the central mystery gilds the lily a little too much. Agent: Sally Harding, Cooke Agency. (Sept.)