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Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets
Madeleine Holly-Rosing. Brass-T, $4.99 e-book (262p) ISBN 978-0-9964292-6-9
This halting novel of conspiracy and magic, the first prose novel tied to Holly-Rosing’s Boston Metaphysical Society graphic novel universe (Boston Metaphysical Society: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men, etc.), brings readers through the door into an intriguing alternate history setting but fails to forge a new path beyond it. In this version of 1872, America is ruled by wealthy families known as the Great Houses. Jonathan is the leader of a great house who is caught up in a business plot; Samuel is a former Pinkerton detective, haunted by his actions and trying to atone by working as a freelance detective; and Elizabeth is a medium just discovering her power. As the characters move through Boston, they are pulled into darkness and tragedy. Unfortunately, readers will need an understanding of the broader world Holly-Rosing has created in order to fully appreciate this tie-in, and the final sacrifice falls flat. Fans of the graphic novels may enjoy this prequel, but the uninitiated will feel disconnected from it. (BookLife)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 01/11/2019

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