I've always loved the Boston Metaphysical Society comics, from the original 6-issue arc to the more recent standalone featuring Granville Woods and Nicola Tesla. So, of course, when I heard there was a novel coming out, I was eager to read and review that, as well; however, truth be told, I didn’t think it would be quite as good as the comics. I’ve read novel adaptations of comics before, and while they’re fun, without the artwork, they usually fall short. It turns out, though, I think I like this novel even better than I like the comics. The longer format allows us to explore the world that the story is set in - in more depth - and gain a deeper understanding of the characters in it.
So, what is this world like? An alternate history, set in 1890 (five years before the events of the comic), the United States (now called the Great States) has become an aristocracy, ruled by the families of several wealth industrialists called the Great Houses. Together, they’ve built a steampunk empire, held together by a rather precarious peace.
As our story opens, the daughter of one of those Houses, Elizabeth Weldsmore, has married below her station: her former bodyguard and Pinkerton detective Samuel Hunter. Her father, head of the Weldsmore house and essentially American royalty, is understandably not thrilled about the match. To make matters worse, Elizabeth begins to have visions of the future—an affliction she had hoped she had managed to get rid of.
This book is a great combination of science and magic, turning both into a gripping adventure that’s well worth reading. It also provides some background and origins for the characters we first met in the comic. If you enjoy the comic, you’ll definitely want to read the novel, as well, to be drawn further into the BMS world. If you haven’t read the comic, you don’t need any background to enjoy the novel but can jump right in. Either way, both the comic and the novel are highly recommended.
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Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets – a Review
by Lisa • December 6, 2018 • 0 Comments
When I opened and began to read Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets, I was transported into another life, another world, another place. Through the characters, I was able to experience things that I would otherwise never have had the pleasure—or displeasure—of experiencing.
This book is a steampunk thriller, a subgenre of science fiction or fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. The alternative history laid out in this book with its life-threatening, world-changing events will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Elizabeth Weldsmore lives in a time when the Great Houses, not elected officials, rule everything. She is privileged enough to have been born into one of these Great Houses, and now her husband, Samuel Hunter, is part of the privileged few as well. Her psychic visions, a thing that must be kept secret, had vanished during her honeymoon. She had hoped that they would stay gone forever. But they returned with a vengeance upon her return home.
Samuel and Elizabeth decide that it is time to find someone to help her learn how to control her visions. If only they had known what was coming their way . . .
The story is gripping. People from the poorer districts of Boston have been disappearing, and Elizabeth discovers that she can use her psychic abilities to help save them. Headstrong Elizabeth doesn’t realize how much danger she is putting herself in. Little does she realize the danger that her city and family faces.
What starts out as an enjoyable read becomes edge-of-your-seat intense as you get closer and closer to the end and a storm of secrets is being revealed. The being that Elizabeth keeps encountering in her visions isn’t done with her or the Boston Metaphysical Society yet.
Anyone who likes to read steampunk fiction would enjoy this book. This is only the second steampunk book that I’ve read, and I greatly enjoyed it. Also, anyone who loves mysteries and thrillers would consider this book a treat as would American history buffs.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.