This is a skilled and epic paranormal historical with a sense of foreboding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Joanna Chambers can do no wrong when it comes to historical romance as far as I’m concerned.
Now she’s added a paranormal twist to her latest Edinburgh set series and it is an epic tale of mystery, heartache, adventure, and suspense with a seriously nasty villain and a stunning cast of characters.
Edinburgh at the start of the New Town development in the second half of the 1700s is where we find ourselves in this book and, as ever, Joanna’s skill in writing places brings Auld Reekie to life wonderfully as much a character as the humans.
The push and pull between our hero Lindsay and his bond mate Drew was both delicious and frustrating but wholly within the characters of both men and fitting to the time period.
There is a hint of menace and foreboding which lingers throughout the narrative and it works perfectly alongside the narrow streets, closes and tenements that the action takes place in.
I am at once in love with and aggrieved by Drew and Lindsay, their relationship and how things developed.
Also, the ending was something I did not see coming in the way it played out.
I’d had an inkling something was going to go down, and I’m not going to be offering up any hints or spoilers, but the shock wasn’t quite what I was expecting at all.
I adored Francis, Whynn and Marguerite even though they’ve only had a short walk on the pages of this novel, and I can’t wait to find out more of their backstories.
The book’s not even out yet but I need to know what happens next!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.