Thursday, December 11, 2014

*Gizmos Book Reviews* My Lady Quicksilver (London Steampunk #3) by Bec McMaster

*Book Blurb*

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.

*MY Review*

My Lady Quicksilver is the third installment in the London Steampunk series if you don't include the short novella Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk #1.5). McMaster focuses her attention this time out on Rosalind Fairchild and Sir Jasper Lynch. Rosalind and Lynch are two entirely different characters, who are on different sides of a brewing revolution. Even though they are different, they find equal footing in the area of desire.

My Lady Quicksilver returns to the world of bodice ripping romance and enough sex to satiate even those who enjoy pure Erotica. For me, I won't criticize the massive amounts of time the sex scenes take up. I will say that it does take a bit away from the action, and the story which I found intriguing. I did skim ahead once I knew that there would pages, and pages of sex. No disrespect to the author. I just wanted to get to the issue at hand.

My Lady Quicksilver is set in a town that has left humans on the outside looking in and is on the brink of a revolution. Blue Bloods, lead by the Echelon and Prince Consort, control everything, and humans have been trying for a way to strike back and regain their place with equal footing and the same rights as Blue Bloods. This story takes a look at the humanist movement lead by Rosalind, her brother Jack, and others who are tired of being used, ignored, and killed without any sort of repatriations.

Rosalind, in my humble opinion, is a much deeper character than Honoria Todd was in Kiss of Steel. She has a Blue Blood father who terrorized her, taught her how to become a spy and assassin, and threw her entire world into chaos by killing the one she loved, and left her with a bio-mechanical hand. Rosalind isn't a shy character by any means. In fact, she is straight up aggressive when it comes to getting what she wants, including the mysterious Lord Lynch who may hold the answers she needs to find her brother.

Sir Jasper Lynch is Master of the Guild of Nighthawks. He IS the original Nighthawk with a band of rogues like Garrett, Perry, and Doyle who are loyal to a fault to Lynch. Lynch is given 3 weeks to find Mercury, the leader of the humanist movement, who he believes is responsible for the bombing attack against the Echelon. Failure to find this rebel, means certain death. In his first encounter with the secretive Mercury, Lynch finds himself at the mercy of something he has missed out on for years; love and desire.

In a way, My Lady Quicksilver is a follow up to Heart of Iron in that the storyline does continue even though there are two new characters spotlighted. Reviewers have said that you can read this as a standalone. I would say, don't skip over any of the books in this series because one way or the other, everything ties together.

Lena Todd-Carver, from Heart of Iron and Kiss of Steel, makes a brief appearance. I would be shocked if she was completely written out of the series at this point. Events in Heart of Iron lead directly to Rosalind's desire to find her missing brother Jeremy who was involved in the bombing on the Ivory Towers, while continuing to find a way to bring the war, and her army of Cyclops, to the Echelon's front door.

Overall, My Lady Quicksilver is an emotionally tangled story that surrounds two characters who find more in common than they could have ever dreamed of. The appearance of the humanist movement gave me a much needed kick in the ass to continue reading this series to see if this world can be fundamentally changed to give everyone a fair shot at happiness. On that point, I need to go back and read Heart of Iron now! Yes, I'm a dolt!

Author - Bec McMaster
Title - My Lady Quicksilver
Series - London Steampunk # 3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released: October 1, 2013
Genre: Steampunk, Romance
Format: e-Book, 425 pages

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