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Fredrick “Dolly” Williamson is a young detective in the newly formed special crime detection branch at Scotland Yard. When he is called on to investigate the murder of an investment banker, he is reminded of past encounters with the occult and requests help from Rose Caldwell. Problem is Rose is an outsider whose very presence grates on the Victorian society she protects from the paranormal threats they want to ignore. Sister Rose an expert in the mystical arts uses her ingenuity to craft devices that straddle the latest scientific and metaphysical discoveries to create defenses against the dark arts.
As the body count continues to rise and the mystery deepens after the enigmatic Necronist Guild provide clues to the origins of the murderer. The clues from the secretive French death cult are not enough and Rose and Dolly must reach out to a cast of characters that include a young lord that is possessed by a Sufi mystic from the thirteenth century and an up and coming triad gangster.
A tightly wound thriller set in an alternative 19th century where powerful guilds use mechanical power, occult rituals and alchemy to vie for influence in the courts of Queen Victoria and the ever-youthful Emperor Napoleon.
The untold tales of “Dolly” Williamson is an occult steampunk thriller and the prequel to The Guild Chronicles, a steampunk fantasy book series.
This book is what steampunk is all about with the right dose of technology and wizardry to make you wonder what our world today would be like if our past was like this. The story respects the steampunk genre and the intellect of the fans of steampunk.
This is the prequel to the Guild Chronicles
Book 1 The Alchemists
Book 2 The Necronists
Book 3 The Mechanist
It grabbed me right off. Exciting and intriguing. Interesting, to use steampunk to incorporate some things that we know something about or at least have heard of. Introducing words that make up something new, like the word for an elevator (verticulator). In a different reality we could have used some of the words that were used in describing the Air Ship. Very well done. JM Bannon should write TV shows or different worlds for them.
Bannon also gives us a proper mystery and the legwork to go with it. I have fallen in love with this story and hope to have many more to read in the future. I am sure that you will agree with me too.