Things always get frightfully interesting when one meets a person claiming to be one’s future self. David Wake has given us another riveting installment of the Deering-Dolittle sisters’ adventures.
Men in tophats and bizarre glasses abduct various personages from all over London, including the Deering-Dolittle sisters’ uncle. Georgina, meanwhile, must deal with the inheritance left her by her beloved husband Arthur, who was tragically killed in the undead incidents of the previous book. Earnestine finds gainful employment in a secret government office where she must organize mounds of plans for all sorts of strange inventions that might be of use to the Empire one day. Oh, and Charlotte learns how to fence. This is quite important.
The adventures in this book are just as twisty and exciting as those in the last volume of the Deering-Dolittle story. David Wake again balances several plots at once, choreographing a breathtaking dance of characters. It seems that the dance get a little out of his control in this book, and I grew slightly confused over who was doing what when and where. Maybe I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. Time travel does tend to mess with the mind. At any rate, I enjoyed myself entirely. I recommend the Derring-Do Club series to Steampunks of all ages.
I give this adventure three and a half gears out of five. I eagerly await the publication of the next book. Do the Deering-Dolittles at last journey to the Amazon and rescue their missing parents? Does Charlotte successfully join an army of some sort? I demand answers! And adventures!
Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather