It’s been three months since mild-mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer. They’ve hunted killers, solved murders, and learned to work together. But their greatest challenges are yet to come…
As a brutal heat wave wracks an increasingly unstable Darrington City, someone is killing young priests. Worse, they are using bound elementals to do it. As Chris and Olivia contend with rogue spiritbinders and a church under siege, the clock ticks down toward the trial of Doctor Francis Livingstone, accused of orchestrating the fall of the Floating Castle and the death of thousands. Chris believes the doctor is innocent, but the tide of the conspiracy aligned against him is strong enough to wash away anyone who would stand for him.
How far is Chris willing to go to save the doctor? Can Darrington city survive the rival forces tearing it apart? And can Olivia find her first serial killer before another body drops?
Worldbuilding: The seconds Faraday Files, after The Deathsniffer’s Assistant, comes with a world equally as delicious – it’s the same Darrington City, with its categorizations and splendid tensions of a revolutionary nature growing.
Characters: I liked Chris even more in The Timeseer’s Gambit, but I won’t lie – my fav is still Olivia. I can’t help it, I always fall for the Sherlock of the Sherlock/Watson duo. But I felt Chris was a more nuanced character in this novel, and the fact that he’s coming to realize things about himself – his sexuality, his true skills – even if he doesn’t get to accept and embrace them yet, made him all the more lovable. It’s a time of growing, of getting to know who he is, and I’m honored to be by Chris’s side for the process xD
Plot: The mystery was terribly fun, and the way it was solved even more so. The romantic elements are very interesting, a bit of a mystery on their own. The story was tense, with enough action but without becoming too agitated, and the various elements woven into one were both fun and intriguing.
Writing: Third person, past tense, Chris’s POV, and still loved the style hardcore.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – and auto-buy author name for me xDD
I truly recommend the Faraday Files series, a Bomy Award of Excellence series so far, to all lovers of Sherlock-ian mysteries, to fans of fantasy worlds and Edwardian settings with a twist of magic. There are so many delicious elements to this series, it’s really a must-read imo. Get it, read it, love it, and thank me for recommending it, lol!
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