A Scandal in Battersea

A Scandal in Battersea

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In this Victorian historical fantasy novel, a member of the famed Bloomsbury writers' group attempts to conjure a doppelganger-an Earth Elemental Golem-to do his writing for him while he enjoys the London social scene. When a shadow image of himself knocks on his door some nights after his invocation, he lets it into the house thinking that his ritual has been a success, not realizing that the Golem is actually inhabited by the ghost of a murderous fiend-part Jack the Ripper and part Mr. Hyde. Mary and Dr. Watson are called in to investigate a serial killer in Battersea, a rough neighborhood in London. They discover that many more women are missing than have turned up actually dead. Meanwhile, their colleagues Nan and Sarah, a Psychic and a Medium, are tracking down a villain who is causing scandal by seducing young ladies of quality and then vanishing. The girls all report gaps in their memories, but the common thread is that they all met this rake at public lectures, and the next thing they knew, they were waking up in seedy Battersea hotel rooms, alone and naked. Most suspiciously of all, none of them can remember just what their seducer looks like. Nan, Sarah, and the Watsons discover that they are hunting the same man-who isn't a man at all. It will require Elemental Magic, Sarah's mediumistic powers, and all of their combined wit and cunning to destroy the Golem . . . before all of London succumbs to its powers. Story Locale- Magical Victorian London Series Overview- Elemental Masters is a series of interconnected standalone novels, centered on a reimagined fairytale, set in an alternate turn-of-the-century England where magical masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Praise for th Elemental Masters series-
Publisher: New York, NY :, DAW Books, Inc.,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780756408732
Branch Call Number: FAN F LAC
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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NYSandy23
Dec 04, 2017

I enjoy the Elemental Masters as a chance to do some light but enjoyable reading by this author. While not on par with her High Fantasy set in Valdemar, it does tic off the boxes for magic, fantasy and historical fiction as it takes place in the late 1800's in England. This story continues the timeline of Nan And Sarah who have magical abilities and familiars that make them valuable adjunct members of the White Lodge. Throw in a bit of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, along with a school for newly identified kids of magic and stir in a bit of The Oldest, Old One and some Hobs and you have the makings of a fanciful tale. It isn't deep, but it is a nice addition to the Elemental Masters Series.

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