In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld.
Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.
Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?
The cover of the book drew me in from the start and being a fan of the Victorian era, i couldn’t resist grabbing this book off the shelf.
Our main character, Emma, was absolutely fantastic to read about. She doesn’t cower behind men and is extremely headstrong and outspoken. Her past was quite mysterious since her mother was crazy and sat in front of the window all day, singing weird songs and her father outright ignored her. I kind of hated him for his complete indifference to his daughter but at the end due to the EPIC twists i was completely relieved.
The plot was well developed and intricate with loads of sub plots and stories behind each action. I loved that the author included Emma’s mother’s love story. One of the things i absolutely adored was the relationship between the three cousins. They have such an amazing and strong bond!! They all had their individual personalities but you could clearly see how much they love each other. The magical aspect of the book was unique and well described and so were the extremely nerve racking fight scenes.
Cormac. Oh boy. He was supposed to be this arrogant jerk from Emma’s narration but when the book switched to his POV, we saw how utterly sweet he really was. He was deeply in love with Emma but had to stay away from her because she was a Lovegrove witch and her mother had once defied The Order in which Cormac has sworn to protect. So there is a kind of forbidden love thing going on but there was no drama and it was nice to see their relationship evolve. So basically Cormac and Emma, this is how i feel about you:
The only thing i didn’t really like was how Emma attended the academy, to me it seemed a bit unneccesary but everything did come together wonderfully in the end. So many twists and shocking revelations that got me reading the paragraph again just to see if my eyes tricked me!! So overall..