“I am made of this.”
In a Victorian mechanical and eldritch London, a black arts surgeon is ripping out the bones and organs of healthy poor folk to transplant into the afflicted bodies of the wealthy. Anti-vivisectionists battle with medical doctors, medical doctors condemn supernatural practitioners, and amidst it all the Bone Stealer hunts for his most elusive prize yet: the skeleton of a woman over six feet tall. Secret Commission agents Art, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, rush to stop him before another woman dies. And Art, only six days living after being resurrected to serve the Secret Commission, might be that woman.
BONES – The Second Time is Even More Charming…
Once again, the unique (in any century) duo of Jim Dastard and Artifice find themselves at the center of danger and crime! More than able to handle the challenges with the skills and talents bestowed upon them by the Secret Commission.
I was so very pleased to read the second novel in Elizabeth Watasin’s Dark Victorian series. A delightful present at the time of my birthday.
One of the best parts of the book is the visual images that her words painted in my head. Ms. Watasin’s descriptive style is full of rich details and where other authors struggle to bring alive the world of their story, Bones is set in a world of rich imagery. A fitting setting for two fascinating characters.
The storyline of Bones gives us a deeper knowledge of both Jim’s life and Artifice’s past. Artifice, who was resurrected with little memory of her past, begins to find clues to her former life that in turn enrich her current one in the service of her country.
Besides the main characters in this book, the rest of the canvas is populated by a rich palate of secondary characters that take the settings and situations of the book and add their own lives to the mix.
Ms. Watasin’s hasn’t let down on the excitement of the plot or the rich tapestry of her world where the cold mechanical technology of Victorian England meets the glow of eldritch light. Pick this one up and give yourself a present… and here’s hoping that book 3 will be out soon.