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By Steven Brust, Emma Bull

It is 1849. throughout Europe, the excessive tide of revolution has crested, leaving recrimination and betrayal in its wake. From the excessive councils of Prussia to the corridors of Parliament, the powers-that-be breathe sighs of aid. however the powers-that-be are rarely unified between themselves. faraway from it...

On the south coast of britain, London man-about-town James Cobham involves himself in a rustic hotel, with out suggestion how he obtained there. Corresponding together with his cousin, he discovers himself to were presumed drowned in a boating coincidence. jointly they come to a decision that he should still remain positioned for the instant, whereas they examine what could have transpired. For James Cobham is a sought after man--wanted through conspiring factions of the govt. and the Chartists alike, and likewise the objective of a paranormal conspiracy inside of his personal family.

And so the journey begins...leading the reader via each nook of mid-nineteenth-century Britain, from the parlors of the elite to the dens of the underclass. now not given that Wilkie Collins or Conan Doyle has there been any such large quantity of weapons, swordfights, kin intrigues, ladies disguised as males, occult societies, philosophical discussions, and, after all, passionate romance.

Nor may possibly any writing staff yet Steven Brust and Emma Bull make it fairly rather a lot fun...

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