The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson
An Occult Steampunk Thriller: Prequel to The Guild Chronicles
by J.M. Bannon
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Series: The Guild Chronicles - Prequel
Publisher: Claymore Ulfberht & Xiphos LLC; 2 edition (October 7, 2017)
Publication Date: October 7, 2017
Genre: Steampunk | Mystery | Occult
Print Length: 286 pages
Fredrick “Dolly” Williamson is a young detective in the newly formed special crime detection branch at Scotland Yard. When he is called on to investigate the murder of an investment banker, he is reminded of past encounters with the occult and requests help from Rose Caldwell. Problem is Rose is an outsider whose very presence grates on the Victorian society she protects from the paranormal threats they want to ignore. Sister Rose an expert in the mystical arts uses her ingenuity to craft devices that straddle the latest scientific and metaphysical discoveries to create defenses against the dark arts.
As the body count continues to rise and the mystery deepens after the enigmatic Necronist Guild provide clues to the origins of the murderer. The clues from the secretive French death cult are not enough and Rose and Dolly must reach out to a cast of characters that include a young lord that is possessed by a Sufi mystic from the thirteenth century and an up and coming triad gangster.
A tightly wound thriller set in an alternative 19th century where powerful guilds use mechanical power, occult rituals and alchemy to vie for influence in the courts of Queen Victoria and the ever-youthful Emperor Napoleon.
The untold tales of “Dolly” Williamson is an occult steampunk thriller and the prequel to The Guild Chronicles, a steampunk fantasy book series.
This book is what steampunk is all about with the right dose of technology and wizardry to make you wonder what our world today would be like if our past was like this. The story respects the steampunk genre and the intellect of the fans of steampunk
The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson by J. M. Bannon
(Prequel, the Guild Chronicles)
Talk about a fun read that crosses genres like a skater on ice! Definitely a steampunk atmosphere threaded through with that crisp British flavor and a twist of supernatural to round out a cast of quirky, yet endearing characters.
As part of a special crime unit, Fredrick “Dolly” Williamson discovers a hint of the occult in a murder investigation and calls upon the mystical powers of one Rose Caldwell, social outcast and paranormal expert with a gift. Hang on to your hats as we travel back to an alternate nineteenth century as the clues pile up and, as they say, the plot thickens.
J.M. Bannon’s THE UNTOLD TALES OF DOLLY WILLIAMSON is an eclectic mix of characters, plot twists and super sleuthing that shine all the brighter with steampunk devices! Not a fast read that races on by, but definitely an entertaining one to be enjoyed through the details that conjure images in our minds. Just the title alone is intriguing!