Friday, October 25, 2013

SUNNY: ARC BOOK REVIEW "My Lady Quicksilver" by Bec McMaster

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 Lady Quicksilver is book 3 in Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series.  I simply love this series!  First a rebel, then a shape shifter verwulfen, and now Ms. McMasters gives us a law man.  This story is so delicious it made me giddy with happiness.  What's not to like?  You have two "outsiders" who represent the extremes of the system - one, a female rebel looking to disrupt the strict caste system, and the other, a man of law and order but not one of the elite.  I love Rosalyn because she is spunky, brave and kick-ass (not surprising as former assassin).  Jasper is so dreamy, not only because he is a man of the law because also he is a man of conviction, compassion, intelligence, passion and principle. 

The story is a cat and mouse game expertly played out in the narrative. Outwitting and outplaying each other, I love how Rosalyn and Jasper develop a begrudging respect for one another that blossoms into full fledged love.  There is a constant level of temptation - "Dangerous. So dangerous. But that old thrill was there again, tempting her to madness."  As the story develops, the characters unravel. I like how Ms. McMasters brings depth to Rosalyn and Jasper.  On the surface, Rosalyn is the implacable leader of the resistance, but underneath there is a girl who desires to be "normal."  Jasper soon discovers he has more rebel in him then he is willing to admit.  

Normally, I am not a huge fan of steampunk.  However in this story, the steampunk setting is an essential part of the book and contributes to the dark and dangerous context - steam engines, mechanical objects, and a dystopian world.  It works!

The best in the series, this book is NOT TO BE MISSED! Can't wait to see what's next!

Thanks to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

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