Risen, the first book in Elizabeth Watasin's The Dark Victorian series, is a brilliant tale of mystery and the paranormal intertwined with the Victorian era. Art, short for Artifice, is an artificial ghost, a women who died and was resurrected to work for the Secret Commission. Paired with Jim Dastard, a talking skull with an eye for fashion and a futuristic turn of phrase, Art doesn't yet know who she is and who she will be... But she knows that she has a mission to accomplish, killers to find, and a rogue resurrectionist to capture.
This book is amazing, both fast-paced and full of action, but also containing great character development threaded throughout the story. As Art discovers her own fast, we also discover it along with her. Jim Dastard is still an unknown, with the promise of more to come, and he is a great partner for Art. This series is set in Victorian England, specifically in London, and the people carry the flavor of the time.
As the first book in a series, this is wonderful; providing enough information to get you hooked with the promise of more to come.
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