A Study in Ashes

A Study in Ashes

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As part of her devil's bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies' College of London. However, she's attending as the Gold King's pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.

But Evelina's problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that's what Dr. Watson is telling the press.

But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels' machines—and even then her powers aren't what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina's soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is … he's dead.

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ISBN-13: 9781522671190
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Series: Bakersville Affair Series

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A Study in Ashes (Baskerville Affair Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, loved this book. I am hoping there will be more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very seldom read all of a trilogy or series. Baskerville is the exception. I found it necessary to read these completely without stopping. The story pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the very end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy the Sherlock connection. Reminded me of SciFi/Fantasy version of a Laurie King variant .
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This does a nice job of finishing the trilogy. An evil sorcerer. Marvelous mechanical/live creatures. Horrific part human automatons. An explanation for Jack the Ripper? Sherlock Holmes? It's got it all and more. A good, fun read. Well done entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just add lincolns doctors dog and try again
pagese More than 1 year ago
I saw this through to the end and I must say I'm very proud of myself on this one. It's out of my comfort zone, but it attracted my attention from the start. Steampunk is hard for me and with no guarantee that I would like it, this was a stretch. And with each book being hefty, this one comes in at just over 650 pages, they are time consuming as well. I was greatly impressed with how the characters grew in this final book. There were definite possibilities of a love triangle in the series beginning. But, each character followed their were they should (ok maybe not Tobias) and didn't sway. I was pleased that even Tobias didn't always think with his head, I think he could have been happy in the end with Alice. And really, I think Nick and Evelina are perfect for each other. I think my favorite couple was Imogen and Bucky. Bucky went above and beyond to prove his love for Imogen. The events were honestly like reading about a chess match and that's were I struggled with this book. At this many pages, you can bet there were a lot of moves. I wasn't sure we would ever get to the final showdown. I also seriously wondered if this story would have some sort of happy ending. Our Gold King seemed to have all the pieces. In the end, it all came down to Evelina and the power she could wield. It's no wonder that she was frightened of it though. I was completely satisfied with how this ended. There's room for a spin off series, and I might read it just because I found it intriguing.
Ecclectic More than 1 year ago
First the book is useless if you don't read the first two. Second the series lures you in as if its a Sherlock Holmes mystery since the protagonist is his niece. Too much magic, too much romance not enough Sherlock. Three while many might swoon with the heroine over her choice of consort personally it made me puke ruining the entire series for me. I regret spending my money on this drivel. Get sneezed on by someone with the flu, it'll be more fun. PS Why can't I give this book zero stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good ending for this series. Keeps readers in suspense waiting for Evelina's decisions. I do wonder if there is to be more on this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book to read
silverarrowknits More than 1 year ago
First off, I need to give this book praise for doing a good job of catching the reader up to speed with the plot. I did not read books one and two, but I was able to get the gist of what was happening and who all the characters were. I never felt completely lost. At the same time, I never felt like there was a lot of info dumping. Granted, someone who has read the first two books may feel differently, but I didn't notice it.When I started reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, there were times that I felt completely confused, because JK Rowling wasn't spelling something out (I forgot that DA stood for Dumbledore's Army) and I hadn't read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix since its publication day. This was not the case with A Study in Ashes. I was able to follow the plot reasonably well. Although I was really impressed with the author's ability to summarize the first two books, I would not recommend jumping into this book for two reasons. One, I know I missed out on a lot of world building. The world building was pretty amazing in this book. It is a magical steampunk world with evil steam barons. Doesn't that sound amazing?! Unfortunately, there were some world building details that were lacking for me; however, I think that these details most likely happened in the first two books. For example, some people have magical abilities. I wanted to learn more about that, but there wasn't too much about the history of magic in this book. Also, I wanted to learn more about the steam barons and how they came to be. Again, there wasn't a ton of detail. I chalk this up to A Study in Ashes being the third book, and these details being explained in the previous books. The second reason I wouldn't recommend jumping into this book is that this book relies on a lot of different character POVs, and it can be a bit overwhelming. Also, the characters are written with the expectation that you already care for these characters. I feel that if I had already known all of these characters I would have been swept up in the ride of this book more quickly.  This book starts off just a wee bit slow, but very quickly revs up into high gear and there is a ton of action. Because this is the world of steampunk, there are dirigibles, clockwork everything, and fantastical explosions. I thought that once the action sequences began, there was a nice pace to everything. It was quite a fun ride. My one concern with the action sequences was that although there was a ton of action, each action sequence was fairly short. I felt each event lasted about two pages on my Kindle. I wish they had been drawn out a bit longer. There would sometimes be pages and pages of dialogue, but once an action sequence began it would be over before I took my next breath. I think this was Holloway's first series of books, so I expect that these sequences will improve in time. In regards to the characters, I thought they were great fun and fairly deep. They all felt a bit different and unique for the most part. By the end, everyone seemed a bit similar in their ability to be action heroes, but I give fantasy books a bit more leeway about that. I must admit that I wish the characters of Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty had not been used. I don't think they were used to their full potential and the characters could have been just as interesting with different identities. The same goes for Evelina. She wasn't the super intellect that Holmes was, so I didn't feel that she needed to be related to him. Also, I was surprised that Evelina is billed as the main character when she really isn't in the book more than the other characters. One last thing I want to note about this book is that this book (and the series from what I gather from book reviews) is quite dark. It is YA dark, but still is much darker than what I was expecting. If you are looking for a fun, steampunk adventure, this is not it. If you want a fantasy steampunk world that is a bit dark, this is for you!
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
An Excellent Third Book in an Engaging Series! I would like to thank both NetGalley and Del Ray for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES, as there are spoilers for those two books inherent in this review. As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, in handcuffs and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes. Not even Niccolo, the dashing pirate captain, and his sentient airship can save her. But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville Affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press. But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is…he’s dead. We return to this creative and entertaining series to find Evelina attending college, both by her own request and at the Gold King's decree. After accidentally blowing up the chemistry lab in the men's college (as the women's college doesn't offer nearly the same level of education in the hard sciences), Evelina is summarily confined to the tiny women's quadrant of the college. She is well and truly trapped, just as she'd been ever since those damnable bracelets had been put on her - the cost of her desperate bid to save Nick. A bid that came too late and at much too high a cost since, despite her agreement with the Gold King, Nick's ship had been fired upon and gone down, with all aboard presumed dead. Meanwhile Holmes is plotting a way to free Evelina, both from the college and the Gold King. With Watson's help, he manages to get Evelina released to help with a murder investigation. However he didn't count upon the Gold King sending Tobias Roth, of all people, to be Evelina's escort. Tobias had been sent in part to test his loyalties and in part because of something he'd done. However Tobias has grown up a great deal, and even before the birth of his son he and Alice had been making a go of their forced marriage. Between his past, present, and future Tobias elects to focus on his present and future - and that does not include being Evelina's jailor, or the Gold King's pawn any longer if he can help it. By making that choice he also allows for an unfortunate adventure to fall upon the lovely Evelina, one that all are blind to, with each party thinking she is safely ensconced with the other. However her reality is nothing like her friends and family are envisioning. Help comes from the most unlikely source, yet will it be enough, and will it be in time, or will Evelina be forever changed? Imogen remains trapped in the grandfather clock at Hilliard House. The very clock built by the evil sorcerer Magnus back when he was still friends with Lord Roth. Her evil twin Anna ripped her soul from her very body, trapping her in the clock that Magnus had built as a safe haven for Serafina/Anna should anything ever happen to her 'housing.' Anna stole Imogen's soul from her body so that she could kill her twin sister and take over her body, for Anna never thought that Imogen should have survived while she herself did not. During her struggle to survive, Imogen comes to discover facets of herself she never knew she possessed, and a core of strength no one ever expected of her, especially not she herself. As with Evelina help eventually comes, but is it a case of too little, too late? Each of the characters undergo adventures that will test them to their very limits,some ending in great joy, others in deep sorrow. Evelina, to learn control over her increased powers; Tobias, to learn just what he is willing to sacrifice for his new family; and Imogen to discover if she has what it takes to survive her sister's nefarious plot. And though may of the prior questions are answered in this book, more answers remain to be discovered. The Baskerville plot has been uncovered, and Ms. Holloway does an excellent job of creating an explanation for the history behind the story, "The Hound of the Baskervilles." She also does a tremendous job of pulling her story and the original together in a very ingenious manner. Finally, while some of Evelina's final actions have put victory in reach of the Baskervilles, her efforts may also have forever altered London, not too mention a dear friend - leaving the door wide open for another book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All 3 were Great!!!!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The war is coming and nothing can stop it. It is a struggle for control and the steam barons are grabbing for power. Magic, explosions, love and heart break crash around our Baskerville Affair friends and Emma Jane Holloway once again takes us for a brilliant adventure. I love this series and have been hooked from book one.  In A Study in Ashes, are characters are all struggling for survival in a world that has been turned upside down. Many of the scenes have our favorite friends separated and fighting their tormentors individually, can they unite in time to beat the steam barons and which steam baron will come out on top. Not much sleuthing and detective skills are used in this installment but lots of loose ends are tied up nicely. Holloway could end this series with this book, but the new possibilities are amazing...the revelations, incredible new twists and my need for more hopes this isn't the case. A Study In Ashes pulls out all the big guns in this fabulous Steampunk adventure. I received this ARC copy of A Study in Ashes from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 31, 2013.