This is a DNF (did not finish) book for me. I'm not sure if it was my mood or the book, but after about 80 pages, nothing really happens which was a bit of a disappointment for me.A little background - I didn't really enjoy the first book [b:The Iron Wyrm Affair|12899734|The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1)|Lilith Saintcrow|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1341021318s/12899734.jpg|17961877], and when a chance to read [b:The Damnation Affair|15789012|The Damnation Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1.5)|Lilith Saintcrow|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352504272s/15789012.jpg|21509713] came up, I decided to give this series another chance. I loved The Damnation Affair. So I thought I'd continue on with this series. The book itself is well written; the writer takes Victorian England and alters it just a little. London is Londinium, Queen Victoria is Victrix, and so on. Some of the alterations were rather clever. For example, Henry the VIII was referred to as Henry the Wife Killer which is a much more apt title. There are some interesting elements of steampunk and magic. The main character Emma Bannon is extremely brainy and calculating and she uses her femininity to her advantage. Perhaps historical novels are not for me. I did want to love this one. I just couldn't get through it.