- Title: My Lady Quicksilver
- Author: Bec McMaster
- Series: London Steampunk #3
- Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal
- Format: ebook
- Source: Review copy
- Reviewed by: DarthVal
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out.
In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.
He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.
Review: I have followed the London Steampunk series from the beginning, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of My Lady Quicksilver from the publisher through Net Galley. I am a lucky girl to get my hands on it prior to its October release. My Lady Quicksilver takes the reader back into Bec McMaster’s dashing steampunk world full of plots, intrigue, and things that go bump in the night. In this book, the author broadens the circle of characters, focusing the plot outside of the inner circle of Blade, the Lord of underworld.
We’ve met our hero, Sir Jasper Lynch, a rogue blueblood and head of the Nighthawks, in passing in previous books. This time Lynch has been placed front and center as he must either capture the humanist terrorist that plagues London or forfeit his life. However, he finds himself not only distracted by Rosa, an assistant who is clearly more than she seems, but also by nagging doubts about justice within his dark world.
McMaster created a formula that was bound to be explosive. Both Rosa and Lynch are characters that cultivate a controlled, cold, and calculated demeanor that has kept them isolated. Yet both of them are both passionate and idealistic at their core, no matter how much they try to hide it from themselves. Pitting them against one another created so much grey area that it was tough to determine a “right” side.
While the stories are steeped with adventure, the London Steampunk series falls firmly into the paranormal genre. The sexual tension in this book is smoking hot. I have noted that McMaster is very adept at creating chemistry and writing sexy times, thankfully. If I am going to read a romantic plot, I want it to be well-written rather than ridiculous.
The action and mystery in this book is very well-crafted. In fact, in My Lady Quicksilver McMaster actually deepens the political intrigue within her world, which makes me do the happy dance. I am sure future books will still fall into PNR category, but it is the adventure the keeps me coming back.
It helps that the book cover is very eye-catching. The artist has used just enough color to create a feeling of vibrancy within a dark world. Rosa is depicted as sensually dangerous, while Lynch seems a bit aloof (odd, that, until you recognize it is fitting). The overall impression is one of adventure and romance that is well suited to the story contained within.
This was a quick and enjoyable read that is not overly deep, making it well suited as a bubble bath or vacay read. I consider this series a must-read for the paranormal romance crowd. Urban fantasy readers, especially those who like it dark (like me!), save this one for time when you want to lighten it up bit.
*Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was provided to me for review by the publisher through the NetGalley program.