The enthralling conclusion to the Bannon and Clare trilogy from New York Times bestselling author, Lilith Saintcrow.
Sorcery. Treason. Madness. And, of course, murder most foul...
A shattering accident places Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime. Clare needs a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Without them, he is not his best. At all.
Unfortunately, calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steam-hells of Londinium, murdering poor women of a certain reputation. A handful of frails murdered on cold autumn nights would make no difference...but the killings echo in the highest circles, and threaten to bring the Empire down in smoking ruins.
Once more Emma Bannon is pressed into service; once more Archibald Clare is determined to aid her. The secrets between these two old friends may give an ambitious sorcerer the means to bring down the Crown. And there is still no way to reliably find a hansom when one needs it most.
The game is afoot...
Bannon and Clare
The Iron Wyrm Affair
The Red Plague Affair
The Ripper Affair
The Damnation Affair (e-only)
For more from Lilith Saintcrow, check out:
Gallow and Ragged
Trailer Park Fae
Dante Valentine Novels
Working for the Devil
Dead Man Rising
Devil's Right Hand
Saint City Sinners
To Hell and Back
Dante Valentine (omnibus)
Jill Kismet Novels
Jill Kismet (omnibus)
A Romance of Arquitaine Novels
The Hedgewitch Queen
The Bandit King
Blood Call (coming August 2015)
About the Author
Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The third & last of the Bannon and Clare series turned out to be the best. It wasn't quite as dark as the second book, but was filled with several unexpected twists. If you liked the first two - don't pass up the opportunity to see the story through to the end. Though the title evokes a sensational murderer from our own world, THE RIPPER AFFAIR is very much focused on the social and magical results of these murders in their own alternate world. Victorian strictures bind each of our characters in different ways, but THE RIPPER AFFAIR reveals the depth of their feelings below the social constraints. While my favorite reveal was a glimpse of Bannon’s Victorian views on “proper womanhood”, a great deal of the narrative also follows Clare’s changing understanding of what his magical partner is capable of, despite being culturally conditioned to view her in terms of her tiny, feminine physicality. Not so much a romance as the continued flowering of respect and partnership, the mentath’s struggle with Feelings was deftly woven into the story, neither telegraphing an outcome nor diluting the mystery with melodrama. A fantastic book for any one of these elements, combining all three makes for a relentless, mesmerizing read.
Loved the series. . Hate to see it end? Hope there's another, after all Arthur Conan Doyle brought Sherlock Holmes back after killing him off.
I am sad to note that this is the last book in this series. I enjoyed all three books. And this last one was very interesting in twisting the real ripper with an old enemy of Clare and Bannon. Hints in the last chapter lead it open to return of the heroes--but, I shall have to wait and see. This last book does have some rather "graphic" descriptions, but you can't stop reading. I love the atmosphere created in the series and the characters --good and bad. I will be re-reading this series at some point.
Lilith is trying to write in a more sophisticated british style which is a little harder to read. The plot is uneven starting with one major plot point(SPOILERS -a bomb which kills a major character ) then seems to completely forget about it as the story moves forward. I kept thinking that she would get back to the how and why of it but she never does. She is obviously a writer who doesn't like to plan out her books but this one could have used an outline. My other complaint of all the books in this series is that her great mentath Clare does not seem to be very bright and always just manages to figure out the puzzle moments after everyone else (and the reader). cmt