The Fatal Flame

The Fatal Flame

Gods of Gotham Series, Book 3

eBook - 2015
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Heralded by Gillian Flynn as "so spectacular . . . amazing," Lyndsay Faye is back with her biggest adventure yet!No one in 1840s New York likes fires, but Copper Star Timothy Wilde least of all. So when an arsonist with an agenda begins threatening Alderman Robert Symmes, a corrupt and powerful leader high in the Tammany Hall ranks, Wilde isn't thrilled to be involved. His reservations escalate further when his brother Valentine announces that he'll be running against Symmes in the upcoming election, making both himself and Timothy a host of powerful enemies.Meanwhile, the love of Wilde's life, Mercy Underhill, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep and takes under her wing a starving orphan with a tenuous grasp on reality. It soon becomes clear that this wisp of a girl may be the key to stopping those who have been setting fire to buildings across the city—if only they can understand her cryptic descriptions and find out what she knows. Boisterous...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780698155947
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 01, 2017

This story starts of like a lit fuse of dynamite and doesn't stop until the climatic explosion at the end. This murder mystery is fast-paced, twisting and turning with each chapter. If you've followed Faye's whole series, this third installment truly is the penultimate story arc for her character Timothy Wilde. The cast of characters undergo such dramatic changes throughout this novel that they are fully realized and fully transformed by the end of the story. In short, the character development plays a bigger role than the mystery-whodunit revelation. Antagonists are revealed to be just as flawed and beautiful as the protagonists. And side-characters are revealed to have a tender depth you didn't think was possible. As always with Faye's work, the characters are the meat of the story. However, the stroke of genius she uses talking about the rise of feminism and labor unions sets a great background for her murder mystery. If you've read the whole series, this is a fine piece for a tumultuous, moody, story.

On a personal note, I was surprised at how much I missed these characters when the series was over. I often found myself missing them, and wondering what happened to them in their hypothetical futures. I recognize that may make me sound crazy; but I think it reveals the beauty, brilliance and perhaps madness of Lyndsay Faye's character development. Overall, a solid read.

Sep 10, 2016

An exciting and interesting read. I will really miss these characters now the series has ended. I encourage anyone who enjoys historical fiction to get into this series.

May 09, 2015

At times much more of a thriller than previous books in the series, this, the third and last, is an ode to a changing city and the many characters we have come to know. Copper star Timothy Wilde (not to mention his brother), remains one of my very favorite characters. Bravo for a complex and emotional end to the series.

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