Title: A Study in Ashes
Authors: Emma Jane Holloway
Genre: Historical/Science Fiction/Mystery/Fantasy
Opening lines: ‘…”You’re not welcome here,” said the man in the quietly understated brown suit…’
A STUDY IN ASHES is the final book in The Baskerville Affair Trilogy and starts about a year after the events in ‘A Study in Darkness’ and this time the delightfully sassy and plucky Evelina is not so delightful as she gets swallowed up by the darkness around her as she yields to the dark magic. In fact magic and technology collide big time in this book, but it needs to and only Evelina can figure it out.
As with its predecessors A STUDY IN ASHES is another long read, there are a few characters who told the story from their point of view and sometimes I was never quite sure when the point of view had changed. I really needed to focus on who was who, and who was where, and who was relating the story at that moment, having to focus left me exhausted.
Still having said that, A STUDY IN ASHES had more wonderful gadgetry, more magic, more treachery, more danger and lots of machinations. Lovely word that, machinations, picked it up as my word of the day and it really seems to fit this review.
The love triangle got sorted rather drastically at the end of book two, and there are more unexpected twists and tragic deaths before the end. In fact as the final battle for control looms all the main characters are all struggling for survival and not all will reach the happy ever after, but there is love in Evelina’s life eventually – my lips are sealed.
I have to confess I didn’t enjoy this final book in the trilogy, although some of the story threads were closed, there were some gaps left that give possibility to more stories later on. It was also too dark – unrelenting in its darkness – with very little lightness to break up the mood. Author Emma Jane Holloway also seems to suffer from TMI (Too Much Information) that is, telling me way more than I needed to know, so getting bogged down in steampunk waffle during the war. There was also more than one ending, or at the very least a sub ending after the main one. Overall I thought that ‘A Study in Silks’ was the best in the trilogy being a wonderful blend of fun and mystery. A STUDY IN ASHES? Not so much fun.
Rating: D – Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish whatever redeemable aspects there were to this book, they were not fleshed out enough for me to truly enjoy it.
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With thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Del Rey Spectra and the author via Netgalley.