A Study in Silks

A Study in Silks

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Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with--not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines--something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

Praise for A Study in Silks

"This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people's loves and fears collide. I can't wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!" --Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

"As Sherlock Holmes's niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society--and romance--in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon." --Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series

"Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills." --Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series

" A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits." --Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist

"In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway's clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch." --Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series

"Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative." -- Publishers Weekly

"Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate." -- RT Book Reviews (four stars)
Publisher: Del Rey, 2013
ISBN: 9780345537188
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK M


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Jun 23, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Rather a mash-up of genres, with Victorian romance swirling through the steampunk and fantasy elements, but that works for me. I liked Evaline, our protagonist - she's smart and intrepid, in addition to being quite magically-gifted.

Readers may wish the editors had culled some of the internal dialogue, which tends to repeat itself in a kinda YA way, but I just skipped that stuff and moved on to the next thing that happened so no big problem. Looking forward to the next two books!

Feb 26, 2015

What a refreshing break from the silliness of steampunk! Often times, alternative universes are a ploy for writers to write stories lacking research with unbelievable characters that break all of the laws of science. Not so with this first installation of this book series. Clever, clever use of science and magic without having the plot hinged on such eccentricities. The characters are great, shining through the fog and gas lamp light of the novel. At times, the plot slows down for the characters to talk and it may bother those who are wanting a novel packed with action. Still, for those who like to enjoy the history bending scenery, this is a good offering.

Sep 27, 2014

Book would have been better with some ruthless editing. It was far too long with nothing much happening.

Oct 28, 2013

This an inventive, entertaining read for fans of steampunk. Evie is a smart, progressive woman for her time & niece to Sherlock Holmes. The plot is complex, full of great characters & all the cool gizmos you'd expect from a book in this genre. I'm particularly fond of Mouse & Bird, her tiny mechanical sidekicks.
It takes a little time to get going as the author introduces a raft of characters & builds her world but hang in there.
I have read the second one, A Study In Darkness, and it's even better so now I'm waiting for the third in this entertaining, well written trilogy.


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