I always like a strong female character and this book is filled with 'attitude'. A well written tale, with realistic characters and a great setting. I will not give spoilers but will say that this story is worth a look.
Set in Victorian London Smoke and Magic follows Auberdeen Hayle, an ancestor of Sydlyn Hayle, and a powerful young witch in her own right.
Auberdeen has been sent to stay with a good friend of her mother’s whilst the family coven undergoes a tricky take over.
Auberdeen is under strict instructions to stay out of trouble and to comply with her hosts wishes. Even if that does mean wearing the worlds most uncomfortable dresses, mingling in a strange society, or not even being able to use her magic in the house. I received this as part of the Purely Paranormal Package.
But despite Auberdeen’s best efforts her vivacious nature and thirst for adventure get her entangled in the plight of a complete stranger.
The plight, it turns out, is linked closer to home and as she travels deeper into this new world her mother’s best friend and family begins baying for Auberdeen’s blood.
Patti yet again had me routing for this strong female character as she rebelled against societies expectations, and her mother’s own wishes, to stay true to herself and to fight the good cause.
This story ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting to reach for the next book immediately.