Tuesday, May 14, 2019

#BookReview – “Quicksilver” by Amanda Quick


Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won't soon forget.

Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case.


In book two of the Looking Glass Trilogy (an Arcane Society spin-off), Virginia Dean is a rare, powerful glasslight talent in Victorian London. When death occurs in front of a mirror, the dying person’s energy is trapped inside the mirror. Virginia can see afterimages of the dead person, especially if it’s a violent death, and know how they died.
Owen Sweetwater is on the hunt for a man who’s been killing women with glasslight talent. When he finds Virginia in a compromising position, he knows she’s innocent of the murder and employs her on the hunt. Owen comes from a long line of psychic hunters—men with an extraordinary sense of finding and killing human monsters—but he needs to find the one woman who can off-set the darkness inside him and save his sanity. As Owen and Virginia untangle a nasty web full of deceit, murder, and alchemic weapons, they find a passion stronger than either ever imagined.
Virginia is strong-willed, smart, and business-minded. She also holds a strong dislike for the Arcane Society. Owen, likewise, doesn’t belong to Arcane, but the secretive Sweetwater family has started up a working relationship with Arcane’s new paranormal detective agency, Jones and Jones. As an assassin for hire, Owen is patient, intelligent, and devoted to destroying evil. And like the other Sweetwaters, he believes he should be paid for his services on occasion.
Gabriel and Caleb Jones play bit roles in the story, and I would’ve liked more page-time with them.
Though I really liked the story, I couldn’t help but wonder why the Quicksilver Mirror even exists in this trilogy. As with the first book, the mirror played second string to the Bridewell Curiosities. Those mechanical clockwork weapons seem far more important than an alchemical mirror that shows up just once in the course of this story. Also, what happened to the curiosities, the inventor, and the mirror at the end? It’s never said, but I do know from reading the first book that some of the curiosities ended up in a bomb shelter and the mirror ended up in the Arcane Museum. The fate of those items and the inventor, Millicent Bridewell, really should’ve been explained here to tie up loose ends.
As with the last contemporary book (In Too Deep) in the Arcane series, this is the last historical Arcane book that I’ve been able to find. I really hope Ms. Quick writes more.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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