Hm... seems like I forgot something when I posted the 3rd book but not the 2nd's book review... Yea, I'm organized like that. So here is the review of the second book. The first book is The Shadow Revolution and the third book in the trilogy is The Conquering Dark (both reviews linked in the title).
Published: June 30, 15
Publisher: Del Rey
With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.
But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.My thoughts:
This is a trilogy so I recommend reading these books in order. This book builds on the last and I think you won't be as involved with the characters if you didn't read the first book. Plus, I do think that although I really enjoyed the adventure and mystery, I enjoyed the characters even more.
This one is just your typical day for the group when they have to save the world AGAIN. However, the mystery of the first book bleeds into this one hen we are up against an impossible enemy. As in the first book, twists abound and we are left with something I didn't expect. There is a small cliffie for the ending, but nothing one can't handle especially knowing the next book is the last. I so can't wait to see how they fix something they didn't know could be broken.
I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to those that enjoy mystery, intrigue and a bit of steampunk.