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4.0 out of 5 stars One more in this excellent series, 23 May 2014
This review is from: Seven for a Secret (Gods of Gotham 2) (Hardcover)
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Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde is shaping up to be a character you will care about a great deal, to say nothing of his brother Valentine. This book is clearly inspired by Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave. It is unflinching in its examination of the schizoid mindset where slavery was legal in some states, illegal in others, a black man or woman's word counted for nothing in court and there was a brisk and extremely profitable trade in kidnapping free blacks and selling them for profit, aided by law in the Northern states.
Faye's as good as the best historical novelists as evoking a sense of time and place, with her judicious use of 'flash' and well-drawn characters.
It will be interesting to see where she goes next with these characters - too much and it becomes routine and generic, too little and it would be a shame not to find out what became of the Wildes, Piest, Silkie Marsh and yes, Mercy Underhill, far away in London. I can't wait.
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