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Elena Michaels owes a favour to the devious half-demon Xavier and when he calls
it in, the job seems simple. All he wants Elena to do is steal Jack the Ripper's
infamous 'From Hell' letter from a private collector. But nothing is as simple
as it seems when supernaturals are involved and a simple accident triggers a
hidden spell placed on the letter, opening a portal into Victorian London. Elena
must shut the portal as soon as possible, or everything she holds dear could be
This is the sixth book in the Otherworld series (after Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic and Haunted)
and returns to Elena as a narrator after a three book gap. If you are new to the
series, or haven't at least read the first two books which are narrated by
Elena, I wouldn't recommend starting here as you'll have missed a massive amount
Elena and Clay's relationship has changed a lot since their
introduction in Bitten. They are now happily together and expecting their first
child, whilst Elena is willingly wearing her wedding band for the first time
ever content in her decision to spend her life with Clay. They've managed to
keep the passion and spark in their relationship although Clay is just as
protective as always, if not more so due to the pregnancy. I love that their
story has continued on whilst the reader was occupied with the other books as it
adds a dimension of reality to the Otherworld. Another aspect I enjoyed was that
Elena is happy to mix her old life in Toronto with her new life with the Pack,
again showing how much she's grown.
The plot is just as densely plotted
as usual, packed with twists and turns and allowing the characters to grow and
develop even more. As usual the world-building gets a boost, this time focusing
on sorcerers and the mechanics of portals while introducing zombies for the
first time. The Jack the Ripper angle was something I was looking forward to
when I started reading as I really enjoy anything based off the case. This
offers a new and unique perspective to the history, allowing it to go in some
unexpected directions. The idea of aspects of Victorian London passing into
modern day Toronto are especially well-explored as it isn't only Jack the Ripper
who transfers. Cholera, syphilitic prostitutes and diseased rats all cause chaos
in a modern environment.
Jaime guest stars in this book and her crush on
Jeremy is still as prevalent and unrequited as usual. Jaime is increasingly
embarrased by it so it will be interesting to see what happens when she takes
the narrator role in the next installment. The crush isn't the only focus on
Jaime this time as she gets a scary vision of her future and takes her
necromancy to a whole new level.
All in all, this was another great read
and I'm looking forward to No Humans Involved.
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