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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets is a work of steampunk fiction by author Madeleine Holly-Rosing, and is the prequel to the graphic novel collection, Boston Metaphysical Society: The Complete Series. Set in an alternate American history, as many steampunk tales are, Holly-Rosing takes us on a thrilling adventure as heroine Elizabeth Hunter investigates the disappearance of many people in the city of Boston. Whilst her husband, former Pinkerton detective Samuel, has traditional methods of discovering his clues, Elizabeth possesses the rare paranormal gift of mediumship. More than this, Elizabeth belongs to the Weldsmore family, one of the Great Houses of Boston, and if her paranormal gifts are discovered, a far graver fate may await her than those she is investigating.
I thoroughly enjoyed Madeleine Holly-Rosing’s alternative to Boston in 1890, where steampunk society, politics and the paranormal all collide in a dark and devastating Gaslamp adventure. Fans of the genre are sure to step straight into the Victorian style of it all, the descriptions being highly atmospheric and stylish. The dialogue was delightfully witty, sharp and direct, giving an accomplished sense of character so strong that Elizabeth, Samuel and Jonathan really leaped off the page. Alongside the actual mystery of the plot, the overarching story line of the Great Houses was an observant, intelligent addition. Overall, Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets is a superb read that fans of the steampunk genre are certain to love. And if you’re new to the genre in general, this would be a high quality example with which to begin your steampunk journey.