Top positive review
on 8 November 2013
It all starts when a man is found dead in a locked room on the Rue Morgue. His stomach cut open to retrieve the mysterious object he was carrying. Milady De Winter is sent to investigate, and what she uncovers is a fiendish plot. With different organisations all after the same object, and dead bodies showing up regularly, the suspects list narrows to one. But how can she find an object when she doesn't know what it is? What is the mysterious grey affliction? Can she figure out who the murderer is and keep her life?
The book was fast paced, with short chapters making it easy to read. The story was divided in to parts, with "interludes" showing Kai and his journey with the mysterious jade lizard, until it all interlocks at the end. I thought the prose was very good, and the book was very atmospheric. Occasionally it felt like the plot was a bit all over the place, as there was lots going on that all related to everything.
I'm warning you now, the cover is a huge spoiler for what happens about halfway through the book or so. The story appeared to be going one way and then did a huge about face and changed.
I enjoyed the cameo's certain well known persons made...Houdini...Mycroft Holmes....Frankenstein....Quasimodo....to name a few.
The book was fast paced, full of gun toting nuns, and lizard royalty, it struggled to hold my attention once or twice, and can seem a bit all over the place, but all in all it was a good read!