Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: A-Girl Studio
“I am made of this.” In a Victorian mechanical and eldritch London, a black arts surgeon is ripping out the bones and organs of healthy poor folk to transplant into the afflicted bodies of the wealthy. Anti-vivisectionists battle with medical doctors, medical doctors condemn supernatural practitioners, and amidst it all the Bone Stealer hunts for his most elusive prize yet: the skeleton of a woman over six feet tall. Secret Commission agents Art, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, rush to stop him before another woman dies. And Art, only six days living after being resurrected to serve the Secret Commission, might be that woman.
Another enjoyable read from Elizabeth Watasin. As you may have taken away from my earlier reviews, I love dark Victorian stories and Watasin knows how to tell a dark tale.
Smoke grew thick in the afternoon air of London. Airships sailed, one after the other, in the skies above the fog and ash while the streets below congested noisily with omnibuses, cabs, and wagons.
Once again, we follow the exploits of Art (an artificial ghost) and Jim Dastard (an animated skull) as they battle evil in Victorian England. While this book is the second in a series, The Dark Victorian: Bones really stands on it’s own. Having said that, I do suggest reading The Dark Victorian: Risen and I think reading the “Author’s Notes” in the back of the book will help with the setting and the characters.
In addition to the wealth of information about the world of the “Dark Victorian” series, the author tackles the subject of unconventional sexual relationships head-on. I think we can learn a lot from the character “Art.”
All in all, I give The Dark Victorian: Bones 5 animated skulls out of 5. I think that it is a must-have for your steampunk home library and for those of you who are still on the fence I have only two words for you — squid battle!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author Elizabeth Watasin. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”