The small sealed bottle drops and breaks, and the boring ball Emma Day is attending finally gets interesting. The room lurches. Emma finds a bruised and bloody debutante in the garden room. A fire breaks out. And the debutante is murdered by black magic.
Meanwhile the serial killer is striking throughout London. The targets are getting closer and closer to Emma, and she and her cousins Gretchen and Penelope must find the killer before the cursed deaths bring life to the evil, black, ghostly Greymalkin Sisters, who feed on the magic of the murdered.
Parts of this novel were awkwardly written, but the overall tale was fantastic: full of magic, adventure, romance, and heroines with clever minds and quick wits. Emma is a strong character, and this is primarily her story, though Cormac shares the limelight enough to let the reader know his true thoughts and feelings. The cousins are delightful characters, as is Moira, the magical street urchin, and I think they’ll each be given room to grow as this series progresses. Ultimately, when A Breath of Frost ends and the threads are neatly wrapped up, there’s plenty of magic and romance left in Regency London to fill Moira, Gretchen and Penelope’s novels.
Harvey, Alyxandra. A Breath of Frost. New York: Walker and Company, 2014.