Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman who's targeting London's most important scientists and sorcerers, terrorizing the city with dark magic, in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H. G. Wells's classic, The Time Machine.
Being two people in one body isn't easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza's reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy's away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with her secret divided self finally driving Eliza mad?
Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she's to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza's mysterious past.
As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie's got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . .
I loved reading this book! This series has been so great (and while my memory is horrible, so I don't remember a lot of the first two books) and this book totally joins its ranks, and overall improves the series, and each subsequent book in a series should!
Lizzie is a lot more present in this book. Because Eliza can see her, it's not just a voice in her head-and as it turns out, someone else can see Lizzie. Maybe. So besides the whole murder case and investigation, there's also the personal stuff, Remy, and keeping her Lizzie secret, well, secret!
And I loved how things played out! Some of the attitudes were really annoying, like woman of science but not means just had to be whores to support themselves, that they shouldn't work. There was just so much going on, and I loved how things all came together!
With that ending, I'm not sure whether or not I want a 4th book or not. Things are pretty well wrapped up, just a few threads left, and both Eliza and Lizzie seem to be in a good place. So yeah, I'm conflicted, because reading about these characters in this world is just so great!
Loved reading this book, it was just utterly fantastic!
Author: Viola Carr
Series: Electric Empire #3
Read: May 29th, 2017
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and it's a Historical Fiction 2017 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: April 18th 2017