Title: Waltz of the Crows (Steam and Shadows #3)
Author: L.G. Rollins
Nothing is as it seems in a town where insanity
is spreading like the plague.
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Leila Hale’s orders are clear: impersonate a nurse, make contact with her fellow spy, and get London the information it needs without being caught or killed; or worse, tripping up so horribly her superiors deem her incompetent.
Samuel Rowley has returned to find his hometown disease-ridden, with many on the brink of madness. Not a man to sit back and merely hope for the best, he determines to explore every resource available until he finds a solution.
Together, Leila and Samuel sort out the relevant from the distractions and tease truth from lies. But as they uncover various secrets, it becomes evident that this insanity isn’t a disease at all, but a meticulously infiltrated poisoning; and the perpetrator has them in their sights.
When all is made known, will Leila and Samuel have enough wit and strength to save themselves, their future, and a town full of innocent victims?
Waltz of the Crows is Book 3 in the Steam and Shadow Series; all books in this series are stand-alone and can be read in any order. Waltz of the Crows is a Victorian Era Steampunk (think Woman in White but with cool gadgets) bundled up with a cozy mystery and sweet romance. Perfect for lovers of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and Stephanie Garber’s Caraval.
I haven’t read very many books in the steampunk genre, but I’ve read enough to know what to expect. This book took me by surprise, but in a good way!
After a disease ravages a small town, Samuel is at a loss and believes it to be his duty to find a cure. Leila is on a mission and when she and Samuel partner up, it becomes a race against time to not only save themselves but everyone they love.
My favorite part about this book was the beautiful imagery and the way the author forces images into your brain. The opening scene with the crows diving to their deaths was so powerful that it set a wonderful foundation for the rest of the story to be built on. All the characters are three-dimensional, and at the end of the story, I found myself wanting more.
Fantastic book. So fantastic that I think I’ll make the time to read book one and two in the series (since I started on book three).
I was provided a free copy of this book and have left a voluntary review.