Viehl departs from the paranormal romance genre for steampunk alternate history. What if America had never won its independence and stayed a subject of the English Crown? Viehl brings us this world and adds a bit of steampunk and a people who very much believe in magic and curses. Well, almost everybody. Kit is a private investigator who looks into claims of magic. She believes all mages and fortune tellers are charlatans. Her current case is for a women who believes she is cursed. Investigating this case will bring her into a place she promised herself she would avoid - high society and the presence of a certain Death Mage.
I'm definitely intrigued with the world and her characters. I really enjoyed the diversity and uniqueness to Viehl's characters in her Darkyn and Kyndred series. I equally enjoyed the characters in this book. Kit is a fun character to follow, very independent and smart. I want to learn more about Kit's past and "ability" that she doesn't believe she has. She has a great circle of friends and a possible love triangle with the previously mentioned Death Mage and a policeman who was a childhood friend.
This series is more like a serial with three different parts. This first book ends with no resolutions and will probably leave you anxious for the next book. I know I look forward to it.
ARC provided through Edelweiss.