Revolution in the streets.
A deadly weapon stolen.
A wardrobe too wide to fit up the stairs.
All is most definitely not well back in Damsport…
For Rory and her companion Longinus, this is an exciting time, a new beginning. No longer is Rory a waif, a defiant pick-pocket given a place to sleep and guidance by the wise but eccentric assassin. They are moving into a new home as equals. Rory believes she is paying her way, an independent young woman who helps the Marchioness when Damsport is under threat. Longinus is in his element, decorating their new home stylishly and employing Tess, a maid, to take care of them. But their happiness is soon disturbed when Rory discovers their friend Cruikshank, the skilled machinist, critically injured by brutes who have broken into her workshop. A dangerous weapon containing a lethal explosive has been stolen and the whole city could be destroyed.
Rory must work with Varanguard, Raif, once more and this time she has come of age. She is prepared to recognise her feelings for the strong handsome young man. Together with Longinus they face terrifying events. Rory participates in a thrilling duel on board Crazy Willy’s steamcoach and Longinus faces up to fears from his past when he enters the eerie rooms in Arthur’s Automaton Emporium. He found,
“himself facing rows and rows of beady black eyes, all looking at him. The eyes belonged to dolls. Rows and rows of dolls….
The doll’s eyes were as black and gleaming as beetle wings and so shiny they looked wet….
One had hair but no face so that its black eyes looked out from metal sockets above an articulated metal jaw, its joints held in place by vicious-looking screws.”
Will the Old Girl maintain her position as ruler of Damsport or will a popular rising, funded by bribery and lies, replace her with a corrupt, power-seeking aristocrat who only cares for himself? Rory’s links to the underworld in the Rookery are essential if the city is to survive.
This is the best of all these exciting steampunk adventures. The plot turns from one frightening situation to another problem which must be solved. The characters the reader now knows so well, are courageous, loyal and enterprising and their personal development is believable and heartening. A must read!
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