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A Study in Ashes: Book Three in The Baskerville Affair (edition 2013)

by Emma Jane Holloway

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Fantasy. Fiction. Mystery. Science Fiction. HTML:As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
 
But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
 
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.
Praise for A Study in Ashes
 
“Holloway’s skill for creating a richly imagined, immersive world shines.”RT Book Reviews
 
A Study in Ashes overflows with Holloway’s signature humor and apparently boundless imagination.”Booktalk & More
 
“The best book of the series . . . absolutely wonderful . . . I really can’t recommend it highly enough.”Hidden in Pages
 
“Brilliantly executed . . . my favorite book of 2013 . . . what a stunning conclusion to such a phenomenal series!”Fresh Fiction
 
“Even grander than the books before it with its drama, adventure, intrigue, romance, paranormal, gadgetry and just exciting twistiness to its storyline.”Delighted Reader
Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s 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
 
“Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series.
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Title:A Study in Ashes: Book Three in The Baskerville Affair
Authors:Emma Jane Holloway
Info:Del Rey (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:review, sci-fi & fantasy

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An excellent end to the trilogy.

Mrs. Holloway did a great job in tying up all of the loose ends, even if it did take to the last page to do so. I loved the way she finished the story, while still leaving things open enough that if she decides to revisit this world, she can do so and continue the story.

I only have 2 complaints. First is the way the Magnus story ended. It felt rushed and anticlimatic considering how much of a threat he had been in the last 2 books. Then the war that had been building up over the previous 2 books ended in entirely too fast. It should have lasted a lot longer than what was shown in the books.

That being said, the entire trilogy is definitely going on me reread shelf, along with other greats such as The Wheel of Time, The Dresden Files, and The Secret Histories saga. ( )
  tebyen | May 27, 2020 |
Review to be posted January 1, 2014, by request of publisher.

Evelina is trapped. She made a bargain with the Gold King and typical of bargains with him he got the most. She's at college now, as she requested, though ladies college isn't teaching her what she needs to know and she can be called away by Keating at any time. But she almost doesn't care because Nick is dead, Tobias is married, and Imogen is in a coma, kept alive only by Evalina's magic. Her only comforts are the secret letters she gets from her Uncle and the educational assistance she gets from Professor Moriarty.

Twisting the knife, Keating assigns Tobias as Evelina's jailer and sends them both to help her Uncle Sherlock investigate the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville. Dr. Watson's story tells of a demonic hound and they believe Evelina's magic can help them. But really, Nellie Reynolds has escaped from the laboratories were magic users are experimented upon and Evelina will play a crucial part in destroying them.

This book had an amazing number of balls in the air and managed to connect them all. The Steam Barons' war happens, we learn much about the Black Kingdom, the Baskerville Conspiracy is revealed, and Captain Niccolo becomes so much more than a pirate. Also, Imogen comes into her own, as do Poppy and Alice, who have become good friends, and as do the members of SPIE who have come very far from the escapade with the mechanical squid.

There was a puzzling (to me) thread running through the books and I was thrilled to see it come to fruition here. Book 1 mentions The Violet Queen, one of the steam barons. Then she stops being mentioned, as things concentrated on Gold, Green, Blue, and Scarlet. Then in book 2 Evelina meets her old friend Violet, now Miss Hyacinth, who is a madame, just like the Violet Queen. In book 3, Hyacinth meets the Violet Queen and eventually becomes her. For the longest time I wondered if Hyacinth was just keeping her identity secret. I loved how this played out.

I also so much loved how things ended for Tobias. I thought that his dying from poison wasn't enough, that his attempts at redemption through siding with the rebels weren't enough. But dying and being reborn as the Black King? Now he has a chance to make up for all he's done. Now he can change.

Evelina's storyline as Magnus' prisoner was sad to read. Her temptation was clear as was her heartbreak. I'm sorry for her and for what she had to do, but I'm glad she has Nick to encourage her to master her power instead of allowing it to master her. I'm also glad he agreed to her bargain, to never let her become like Magnus.



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  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
A brilliant wrap up of all the things building during the first two books of The Baskerville Affair! I already mentioned last week that this series was awesome. Fast, furious, full of wonderful gadgetry, magic, treachery, danger and complex intrigues. I was glued to the books, satisfied with the ending and hopeful for more instalments in the future.


Poor Evie does not get a break after the events in A Study in Darkness, and the third book becomes even more Gothic and intense as all the plot knots start unravelling.

I'm glad that what felt like a love triangle in book #1, completely resolves itself by the end of the second book, which is only natural in the set of circumstances. Both Tobias and Evelina get on with their lives and various challenges they represent, and outgrow their feelings for each other, especially Evie who sees Tobias far more clearly than he sees her, and who typically fell in love with him like most of us - for his potential, not for his actions.

Nick stays his scrumptious self and I as usual do not have any complaints about his dashing piratical persona - he is a lovely character! *grinning maniacally*

Evie... *raises her glass* is going to the dark side, and oh boy, when she goes - she goes. This is one of the reasons why this book was so fascinating for me to read. That pull of dark magic she experiencing is only gonna get stronger in A Study of Ashes, and actually she deals with it in a spectacular way.

Much of the book is also dedicated to Imogen, Mouse and Bird's adventures. While they were not bad, they were not my favourite part of the plot even if they gave the reader more interactions with Bucky and charming Poppy.

Overall, A Study in Ashes brings all the characters together in an explosive way. Expect some dark twists, shocking deaths and epic battles. I'll say no more as I don't want to give you any spoilers. Highly recommended. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
A complicated but appropriate finale to a fine series. The good guys prevail, although one requires resurrection. Enough loose ends to suggest a possible sequel series that would restore and rebuild the world destroyed herein. ( )
  jamespurcell | Oct 27, 2015 |
Holloway finally lost control of all the elements in this story. She should have picked between steampunk and magic, not tried to use both.
  LibraryGirl11 | Nov 5, 2014 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Mystery. Science Fiction. HTML:As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
 
But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
 
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.
Praise for A Study in Ashes
 
“Holloway’s skill for creating a richly imagined, immersive world shines.”RT Book Reviews
 
A Study in Ashes overflows with Holloway’s signature humor and apparently boundless imagination.”Booktalk & More
 
“The best book of the series . . . absolutely wonderful . . . I really can’t recommend it highly enough.”Hidden in Pages
 
“Brilliantly executed . . . my favorite book of 2013 . . . what a stunning conclusion to such a phenomenal series!”Fresh Fiction
 
“Even grander than the books before it with its drama, adventure, intrigue, romance, paranormal, gadgetry and just exciting twistiness to its storyline.”Delighted Reader
Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s 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
 
“Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series.

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