Supernatural Devices by Kailin Gow
Scarlett was a sensible seventeen year old young lady or so everyone thought, but there was definitely more to her. The daughter of famous English Egyptologists and archeologists Theodore and Gemma Seely, she was prone to adventure and all the world had to offer.
It was the 1890s, and she had just received a letter from one of her parents’ dearest friend, a certain detective who lived on Baker Street, who needed her help on a case most bizarre.
As she embarks through the supernatural side of London, ventures into the forbidden realms bordering Victorian society; often accompanied by a dashing but infuriating Lord Darthmoor; Scarlett’s first case, which had seemed so innocent at first had taken a turn for the unexpected and dangerous.
I really liked this book. I’ll confess that in my opinion it’s more gaslamp than steampunk but this book is just the first in the series. It’s the set up for the next book that sounds more like steampunk to me. Scarlett begins searching for devices in the next book. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The characters were fun and distinct. Only a mystery would have brought all of these characters together. I doubt that if they passed one another on the street they would give each other the time of day. Scarlett can see what others cannot so she sees the impossible everyday. It makes her a sot after commodity. Since there are not a lot of people that can do what Scarlett can do Cruces (Lord Darthmoor) goes to extraordinary lengths to secure her help. That kind of tells you all you need to know about Cruces. He drags Scarlett into a mess of a stolen ring and a secret society call the Order. His redeeming quality is that Scarlett awakens something in him. He’s old in years and jaded. I think she likes him more than the changeling but I am almost always team vampire. Tavian, the Fey changeling completes the love triangle. He is a gypsy and wants to help Scarlett solve her case since his sister is wrapped up in it.
This was a fun quick read at only 240 pages. It would be a great beach read or a travel read. I recommend it and I can’t wait to read the next one.