Author: E.L. Bates
Publisher: StarDance Press
Source: Received for Review from Author
Reviewed by: DelAnne
For Maia Whitney, life after the Great War is dull, monotonous, and drab. Nursing soldiers in the bloody fields of France hadn’t been easy, but it was better than life at home, standing in her sisters’ shadows. There seems no chance for a change until the night she witnesses a murder in the woods.
The last thing Magic Intelligence Agent Lennox Davies needs is this outspoken, independent lady crashing his investigation. Bad enough that a murder happened on his watch; much less that she had to see it happen. He works alone, and he does not have time for Miss Maia Whitney’s interference.
But as Maia’s own magical talent blossoms and danger thickens around the two with every step they take, before long Len and Maia must rely on each other in a fashion neither has ever done before. If they can’t learn to work together, England itself might topple. Even worse, if Maia doesn’t learn to control her magic soon, she might do more to destroy them even than their shadowy enemy.
Can they set aside their stubbornness and self-reliance in time to save themselves—and all England?
I found the first few chapters a bit slow, but then the book takes off and doesn't slow down. Set in a time when women where still thought of as to delicate to think for themselves and were suppose to marry and have children and take care of the house you have a woman of strength and intelligence. Maia is not like most of the flighty demure women of her time and that is what makes her standout so much. Len is just as intriging and memorable. This story is a combination of Cinderella, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes type mysteries.
Ms. Bates has depicted the times with such believability. The interaction of the classes, always with unseen line drawn between serving class and society's gentry. We have such liberties today is hard to immerse yourself in a time when women were not even allowed to vote. Less than a hundred years ago yet while reading this book it feels as if you are there yourself. Such wonder to explore with Maia as she learns from her grandmother and follows the clues as she helps Len with his investigation. You can almost see the bonds of love growing as is the dangers they face. Magic, spies, romance and family ties join to make a wonderful story to entertain and delight the reader. I hope there are more books in the near future for Maia, Len and his man Beckett, and Maia's Aunt Amelia.