Title: The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall
Series: Magic & Machinery, #2
Date published: August 25, 2015
In a world of science, magic is an abomination, but not the vile creation Royal Inquisitor Simon Whitlock once believed it to be. Accompanied by his apothecary companion, Luthor Strong, and Matilda Hawke, a werewolf, they return to the capital of Callifax, eager to convalesce after their last adventure.
Their peace is short-lived, however, as they are quickly sent on another mission. It seems the iron mines of Whitten Hall have ceased their production, no longer sending its ore to the crown. The Ministry of Trade has sent inquiries, but its representatives have all fled from the train ride to the distal outpost. It seems a vampire stalks the trains in and out of Whitten Hall, a vampire that will reveal the secret of the iron mine and the darkness that resides within.
Toward the beginning there's a nod at the scientists first thoughts of a platypus, but they gave it wings (like a platypire), and I think it was absolutely perfect. I cackled when I read it.
Having already become acquainted with this world with the last book, it made it much easier to get into this story again. It starts out shortly after the end of the last one, but expands the world to introduce the reader into more of the magic going on around them.
Many a time I became frustrated with Luthor, because he is keeping too many secrets. I mean, I understand why he's doing it... but he's making things more difficult on everyone because of it.
Then there's Simon. A romance aspect is introduced with him in this one, and I think it suits him. When it comes to this character, I honestly cannot say if I like him or not. He's not the typical "good guy" main character. There's a lot of what he does that I don't expect, and he doesn't always react in a positive way. This does make him feel more... I guess the word is real.
Most importantly, because I am biased, Maddie is back and is just as important as she was in the last story. I like that she's become an important member of the team.
I cannot wait to continue the story, I also preordered the third book.