.75 stars rounded up
I highly enjoyed Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series and cannot wait to get my hand on her new titles. I was pleasantly surprised when I received her newsletter, saying that there were two new series in the works. So when this one was released (the cover is so pretty!!!), I immediately pressed that click button.
To be honest, it took me a while to get into it. I read it in the course of 5 days which was quite a long time for me since in average I can finish a novel within 1-3 days. I guess I needed to familiarize myself with the world that McMaster built in this one, a combination of this being a fantasy along with the historical setting. Once I got the hang of it, well, I'm FULLY invested in this series.
Lucien and Ianthe were great couple -- the whole deal of "at night, you belong to me" was pretty wicked, but I liked how they slowly found their trust in one another. Ianthe had the upper hand since she was keeping that big secret from Lucien (that Louisa was actually his daughter, born from their first encounter five years previously) but then I thought they ended up in equal partnership. I loved the idea of Ianthe being Lucien's Anchor, and Lucien being Ianthe's Shield.
I loved the whole curses, premonitions, demons, and villainess that this series offer. I cannot wait to find out what will happen next, especially with that Epilogue chapter. Too bad that the couple I'm most looking forward to (Cleo and Sebastian), will not have their story told until book #3.