Hey, writers and readers!
It’s not a good month without an indie novel or two. Today I’ll be reviewing The Wolf Witch by Kara Jorgensen. This is book #6 in The Ingenious Mechanical Devices series. You should read the other books because they are so dang good.
I initially wanted to be finished with my review so I could share it during the Halloween season, but LIFE happened and I wasn’t able to finish the book until Thanksgiving. If you like spooky stuff, I highly recommend this read as it includes witches and werewolves.
All right, let’s dig in. Check out the review below. I’ll be sharing some thoughts about what I love about this book and why it’s a good read for you.
Rating: 5 stars
Since returning to England from abroad, Emmeline Jardine has managed to get a place of her own, maintain a tenuous truce with her guardians, and celebrate her newfound freedom by attending as many parties as she can manage. That is until a man claiming to be her father shows up.
Her father has a problem. Her half-brother, Wesley, has disappeared while investigating possible werewolf sightings, and he needs Emmeline’s help finding him. Emmeline reluctantly agrees only to find there are others interested in Wesley’s plight. When she receives a mysterious invitation to a country estate deep in the woods, Emmeline is shocked to find a familiar face there.
Nadir Talbot, Decadent, writer, and all-around nuisance, infuriates her to no end, but Emmeline soon finds he is the only she can turn to as they are thrust into a world of werewolves, monsters, and secrets from her family’s past that threaten to bring the empire to its knees.
What I Enjoyed
What you need to know about Jorgensen and her series is that this is what every feminist, steampunk-loving, LGBTQTIA+ reader wants to devour. Her characters in this and other books have various orientations that are done so beautifully and thoughtfully in a genre that most of us already know and love. Her world is an inclusive one, so just about every reader will find a bit of themselves in her characters.
The relationship between Emmeline and Nadir is also precious and must be protected. Their friendship is truly gold and entertaining to read.
I also loved meeting Wesley, our American werewolf. Since most of her book series takes place in Victorian England, it’s nice to get some representation of what an American would be like in her universe. He’s a fantastic secondary character and I hope we get to read more adventures about him in the future (hint hint).
My Final Thoughts
I walked into this knowing full well I was going to enjoy it. Jorgensen deserves massive kudos for keeping a 6-book series entertaining and interesting. That’s no easy feat but she knows how to unfold each character in her universe to make her audience very very happy.
I hope I shared enough to still pique your curiosity without giving too much away. If you’d like to learn more about Kara Jorgensen and her work, you can catch up with her via social media or buy a copy for yourself:
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