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Lynet has been charged with developing the magical journals that allow instantaneous communication for the war effort (World War I). She has successfully done so but now that the powers that be want production ramped up she's having problems getting the materials needed -- materials that should be readily available. Reggie has been invalided out from the Army as is assigned to Lynet as her assistant. Together they work on trying to figure out what's going on and who is sabotaging their efforts. A slowly developing romance as well as the mystery enhance this readable addition to the Albion saga from Lake. All of Lake's book are stand-alones and can be read in any order but I recommend that you start with Pastiche or Eclipse.
A charming story, with some familiar ingredients: a man of birth and a woman of the people, wartime trauma, secret missions, possible sabotage/spying, some brief sex scenes….an intricate plot, promising some interesting ramifications for the future of the war…slow pacing, leading up to a rapid denouement, where some of the more serious issues disappear…what about those journals?…interconnected characters in a series of texts, set in a fascinating world…the stories, in this and in the other books, end too quickly, and there are unfinished strands…not polished enough…the last 30 or so pages ought to have been 75, with more attention to details…but….amusing, fun and delightful…
to the world of Albion. A bookbinder and a war invalid working together get drawn into the mystery of disappearing/ inferior quality materia. We also learn more about Lord Temple Carillon and his wife Delphina. As always, there is romance involved as well. Altogether a book well worth reading.
Melusina is truly splendid Arthur is such an interesting mix of calm competence and believe in self-worth with amazing humility and willingness to follow a lead wow they do make great pairing Gospatricks might be my favorite family in Albion (or maybe Rue & Cyrus ...? Though choice :P)