The Bartered Brides

The Bartered Brides

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Penguin Putnam
The thirteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England.

The threat of Moriarty is gone—but so is Sherlock Holmes.

Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens.

The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers—and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend—to bring the murderer to justice.

Baker & Taylor
The grief-stricken friends of Sherlock Holmes--including psychic Nan, medium Sarah, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson--investigate a series of murders involving young brides and dangerous magic.

& Taylor

The grief-stricken friends of Sherlock Holmes including psychic Nan, medium Sarah and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson investigate a series of murders involving young brides and dangerous magic. By the best-selling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series.

Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2018]
ISBN: 9780756408749
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2019

Not one of her best, essentially a remake of an earlier title. And if she was going to work in Sherlock Holmes, she should've used him, instead of writing him off-stage. (Watson without Holmes? Come now!)
She's a good pot-boiler cook, and i enjoy her love of animals, but she should slow down a little, and edit her output a little more (she really cranks 'em out).
Also: and this is more to librarians than to her- both they and she should spin/label them to Young Adults, because that's what they are. Proudly so.

Jan 14, 2019

I do enjoy Ms. Lackey as an author. Her Valdemar series is one of the best High Fantasy world building around. The Elemental Masters series is built on some of the same premise - there are magicians among us mere mortals who save the world using their talents behind the scenes. There are some interesting characters, especially Nan and Sarah who navigate the Victorian England in which the stories take place with the help of their bird familiars. However, this book loses its way by trying to incorporate 🕵️‍♀️ Sherlock Holmes and the Watsons in a world of magic where they don’t belong. There is no real mystery, no humor, no deepening of characters. I was disappointed in this chapter in the series.


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