Kendall Lake, heir to the Duke of Trowbridge and member of the Order of the Knight, an ancient group that protects humans from the rogue mages and vampyres of the world, is not used to being an errand boy, but when his father, the current Duke and Head of the Order sends him a task, Kendall can’t ignore it. Photography & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape is the second book in the Gaslight Chronicles and is a steampunk paranormal historical romance novella. Kendall is sent to investigate a concern of Amy Deland, niece of the most powerful mage in England, a photographer living in Brighton. Amy is happy with her artistic calling but after a sinister shadow appears in her photographs and each of the people the shadow was over dies, she fears she will have to give up her calling otherwise she might cause another death.
Photography & Phantoms was a fun quick read. It was nice to see some of the characters from Steam & Sorcery but the story definitely revolved around Kendall and Amy. I like novellas because they are such a fast read (I read this one in one evening) but I am always disappointed because they are just too short, I find myself wanting to spend more time with the characters of the novel and this is especially true of this series. Again Spencer is able to subtly blend the different genres to provide a neat and intriguing back-drop to her plot line without overpowering the story, a talented move when the various genres could easily distract the reader. Be aware the sex is a little more descriptive in this one than the last story but overall I enjoyed the novella. I am hoping there are more Gaslight Chronicles to come.
Read an excerpt here.
Gaslight Chronicles Series:
Photographs and Phantoms
Title: Photographs and Phantoms
Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Page Nos.: novella
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 2011
Available for purchase: as of April 9, 2011 this book was free from Carina Press here
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.