by Gordon Dahlquist
Reading this book – and it is a page-turner – you become immersed, befogged, as if you had been looking at one of the glass books… a rollicking ride, as stupendous as it is stupefying… – The Guardian
Wilkie Collins on acid… – New Statesman
Bodice-ripping… – Elle
This was supposed to be for the RIP challenge. Obviously, it took me way to long to read it. But it was 760 pages! But, as I posted before, this one sucked me right in. When I did manage to pick it up, it was hard to put down. And it moves very fast. This is one of those books that in the very early pages, grabs you by the hair and refuses to let go. By the time you finish the first chapter you are left wondering just what the heck is going on…and you keep on reading.
I love the comment that it is like Wilkie Collins on acid… because I had the thought while reading it that it reminded me of Wilkie Collins. I did not have the thought that it was like Collins on acid, but the description is pretty accurate. This book is one hell of a wild ride.
There are three main good “guys” – Miss Temple – our virginal, rejected fiancée. Cardinal Chang – so named for his bright red coat and scarred eyes that slant, looking to avenge the loss of his love Angelique. Doctor Svenson – our good and noble German doctor, determined to recover his lost Prince. Each has convened upon the ominous Harshmort House looking for answers, never knowing that their lives are about to threatened and inexplicably changed forever by the many, many villains there. Favorite one? Contessa di Lacquer-Sforza. Hands down one of the most evil women ever created. Worth the price of the book alone!
Ashleigh has a great review here. Check out the book’s website here. One great, thrilled read. Recommended.