My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, what a refreshing change from the usual historical romance that was!
Absolutely brilliant Victoriana with a magical twist looking at traditional British/Irish mythology and magic which is based on the “scientific” ideals of John Dee back in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
I love the thought that Dee’s thoughts were based on something real and that people went on to study thermatology, alchemy, the magic of inanimate objects etc and made careers out of it. There’s a lovely tie in with the Crystal Palace of Joseph Paxton, constructed in London’s Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, which one of our erstwhile heroes was involved in the magical protection of.
The plot itself, and the twists within it, aren’t going to be spoiled in this review. For a long, long time I had no idea where the mystery was going to go and the book is better for that. When I began to get an inkling of where it was heading, I must admit I got quite giddy!
John and Soren are so beautiful together, hesitant and mistrusting at the beginning, they slowly come to understand that they have found the other half of their perfect whole. The sex scenes are superbly done, very much in language suitable for the period and quite, quite erotic as John proves he has command over more than just his salt, iron and other magic components.
I could keep going about this book because it just ticked pretty much all my boxes but I think it’s one which people will love the most when they go in blind so I’ll just say bravo Lee Welch for something so completely different from your debut published novel!
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review