Good morning, Unbound Worlds readers! Grab a cup of piping hot tea and get ready for some steampunk suspense? We’ve got a new short story here from author Emma Jane Holloway that’s sure to get your brass pipes pumping and your gauge dials spinning. Push your goggles up for a few minutes and read “The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual”, a prequel to Holloway’s soon to be released novel A Study in Silk.
Should you dare to read it, “The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual” will serve as a fine (and perhaps a little frightening) introduction to Evelina Cooper, the niece of none other than the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Her world is one of sorcery, automatons and mystery. The main course in this succulent fiction feast – A Study in Silk – will be served September 24. In the meantime, consider “The Adventure of the Wollaston Ritual” to be a scrumptious hors d’oeuvre .
Here’s more about A Study in Silk:
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?
But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.