I have an unfair fondness for this series that started out with The School for Unusual Girls and for each of the girls of the Stranje House including Miss Stranje herself and even Madam Cho so it was a delight continuing the series in Tess’ (who played a major role in the first book) POV although I have to admit that I really missed Georgie’s quirky, light and fun perspective. The plot basically revolves around Tess’ unique prophetic dreams and how the characters work together to try to decipher them in order to save not only their own lives but possibly of their country even.
I am not usually a fan of historical romances but this series seems to be an exception perhaps because of the fantastical ingredients of the story sprinkled with steam punk and comedy, the light (deconstructive) take on history and the smooth, easy flow of writing that is comfortable and pleasant to read. Perhaps the only downside to the story is the slow progress in the plot during the first half but all in all, it was still a fun and enjoyable read.
I thank Ms. Kathleen Baldwin so much for gifting me a physical copy of the book (in hardback!). Gifts are super awesome especially when they come in the form of books! I’m still accepting them should anybody else want to send them. Lol.