Set in Victorian London, Evelyn and her sister Rose are known among society to be great nurses, healing the sick back to health – much to the chagrin of their family. However, Evelyn is bored and tired of the high society expectations that comes with the family reputation. So when Rose disappears, Evelyn takes off for London in search of her sister fearing that she’s been kidnapped. With the handsome Mr. Kent and the mysterious Mr. Braddock in tow, Evelyn is thrust into a world of danger as she realizes that Mr. Braddock’s stories of people with extraordinary powers is not as tall of a tale as she had originally thought.
Pitched as “Jane Austen meets X-Men”, I loved the premise and was extremely curious to how this story would play out. Overall the story was interesting and events that happened would help propel the narrative along. I enjoyed how feisty Evelyn could be, not adhering to the societal norms of that time period. Evelyn and her companions embark on some outlandish adventures in search of her missing sister, which of course, brings about some drama and misunderstandings.
I did wish there was a bit more mystery and intrigue to the story, maybe a bit more depth to the characters. There’s a lot going on externally and internally, and I felt there was so much more to draw from but in the end, to me, the cast of characters all fell a bit flat and one-dimensional. Interactions felt contrived because I didn’t know (or care) about them and so at times it read like actors just speaking their lines aloud.
That being said, the narrative does build amidst the hustle and bustle of revelations, and culminates to an action-packed showdown. This book (with the gorgeous cover!) sets the scene for the inevitable installments to follow where I’m sure more questions will be answered.