The cover of this book is what caught my eye, because it was beautiful and because of the Egyptian theme. I've always had an interest in History, and particularly Egypt as I found it fascinating so I knew I had to read this book. When I got this book I didn't realize it was the second in the series, and started reading it totally unaware.
George Mann has written this book so beautifully that the descriptions of his creations and the scene and setting come to life and you can immerse yourself in it. He's also written them so that if you haven't read the first then it doesn't matter as there are no points where you have no idea what he's talking about, so you can read them as stand alone if you wish.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, the Victorian setting, the steam punk devices and contraptions, the characters and the mystery or mysteries themselves. Newbury isn't painted to be a perfect hero of the story, he is imperfect but still a hero despite his drug addiction. Similarly Hobbes isn't the swooning, damsel in distress, useless female character you so often come across in books like these. She is instead independent, strong and a hero all of her own, not afraid, and perfectly capable of looking after herself.
For you Romance fans out there, there are slight hints of possible romance between the two, but largely it's a very unusual and different mystery book, set in a wonderful world, and with plenty of Egyptian mystery and myth. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I wasn't expecting alot, and I was pleasantly surprised with the book, and i'm off to go and buy the entire series now!