Plot: Gemma, Ann and Felicity return to London for Christmas, for a season of balls and romance but the mystery of the realms follows them. They have a new mission: to find the Temple and bind the magic that is now flowing free in the realms. Only they have no idea of how to find it. A young madwoman at Bedlam may have a clue but Circe remains close on their heels, ready to take the power for herself.
With each volume Bray’s story gets more exciting (and significantly longer, volume 3 is nearly twice the size of the first at 850 pages!) . The girls have grown a lot since their first adventure though they still have a lot to learn. The realms too have also grown in complexity. As I said of the first volume, Bray has a wonderful grasp of Victorian England and really brings it to life in her novels. The story remains suspenseful and exciting though it has lost a bit of the lightheartedness of the first volume. Their mission and Pippa death now overshadow their fun in the realms. Nor are their lives in the real world without problems either. I look forward to the last volume… when I have a bit more time.