And Bellman & Black is born.
I truly enjoyed this book. It’s got a bit of everything I love in it: gothic horror, Victorian historical details, and most of all, crows. It really would have had to have been a ridiculously awful book to not earn a good rating with me on those facts alone.
And it’s nowhere near awful. The writing is lovely, with nuanced phrases that leap off the page. The amount of obvious research the author did to write this book is clear from the incredible details about every aspect of Victorian life. She manages to submerge us into that time period while avoiding the very real danger of overwhelming us with too much information. It was perfectly balanced. I also loved the bits of crow lore sprinkled through the novel.
The only thing I felt could have been better was the ending. It felt too abrupt and it left too many open questions. Since the story doesn’t lend itself to a sequel, I wish the author had given us a bit more closure.
But this is one I highly recommend. There are some truly frightening moments and a taste of fantasy that is sure to capture most readers’ attention.