In nineteenth-century Victorian England, a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.
Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband's death and prevent the apocalypse. (Goodreads)
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I'm struggling with where to start this review. I enjoyed this book--the world was a great deal of fun, I felt drawn in to the adventures of Diana, and I was curious to find out what happened. Really, the main issue I had with the story was that I wasn't really drawn to Diana. At the end of the book, I still didn't feel like I had any connection with her. I imagine this is a personal thing, but I kind of just didn't care for her much. I was honestly much more drawn to Yi-Kin and found him very interesting, and wished I'd seen more of him. The book did traverse a great deal of ground, which was well done and interesting from a historical perspective (and made me miss San Francisco fiercely). Overall, I think it was more my personal taste that left me not particularly getting sucked into this one, and others will feel differently. It's a fun read, and if you enjoy a good historical with a paranormal bent, this is one you might want to take a look at.
Have you heard of this one? Have another historical paranormal you love?