Victorian London: for five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.
People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.
Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creations. There was only one known necromancer in the world- Charlotte -but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?
Because Lincoln and his ministry might be
just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.
Page Count: 268
Published Date: August 11, 2015
“I visited the local police station and asked about any girls that had been reported missing five years ago.”
“They don’t think that odd?”
“Probably. I claimed I was a private enquiry agent, employed to find missing girls by a good Samaritan.”
I snorted. “Only an idiot would fall for that.”
“They fell for it.”
“Just proves the constabulary are dolts.”
I’m a sucker for necromancy, so imagine my delight when I found this! And to top it off, it has other things I’m also (always) looking for: hidden identity, especially when the girl pretends to be a boy, a different time era, secret organizations, and best of all, the alpha male.
The story started off interesting enough, immediately putting you in one of the more dangerous parts of her new life as a young runaway. She uses her powers during the life-threatening situation, and because of it, draws even more unwanted attention upon herself. But it’s not so bad, because another third party notices her.
Mr. Fitzroy, the gentlemen in charge of the Majestry. He was a mysterious, hot character that you couldn’t help wanting more of. Like Charlie, he had a dark sense of charm that made you wonder if he was really as bad as he claimed to be.
I liked their chemistry together, and the way it added to the story. Charlie was a great, strong young woman who held herself pretty well despite all the bad things life had dealt her. I enjoyed all of this, up until the part where her identity was revealed.
*minor spoiler rant*
As soon as she resumed her dresses and formal name ‘Charlotte’, her character changed. She became more of a besotted lady in love with a gentlemen, and the things that she normally ignored were suddenly all she could think about. I was a bit disappointed that the tough woman I was introduced to had disappeared for a time. Hopefully she won’t be so lovesick and will be encouraged to rely more on her curiosity than her need to fawn, cry and fall over Mr. Fitzroy.
*end of spoiled rant*
Mr. Fitzroy’s attitude was pretty constant. If anything, I liked him most of all. He was rough, aloof, and didn’t mind coming off as cold. He also had questionable ways of doing things, often venturing into the grey area of morality. Let’s make something clear. He’ll do whatever he must to see that his organization gets their job done. He literally lives for it, okay? That aside, he’s a man of many talents. Well read, interested in extreme health and exercise, and beyond intelligent (if not a little gifted?) What girl wouldn’t fall for him? Hell knows I would if given the chance to live with him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already added the second book to my TBR list. The story left off on a pair of guys grave robbing. Sounds interesting, don’t you think?