Decorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won’t work for fashion-addled dandies.
Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He’s working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.
For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason’s new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.
The trilogy continues with Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships.
That pretty much sums up this book for me. I can’t give a better review than just that one word, but for those that do not know me, I will explain.
I love the following categories: m/m historical fiction, steampunk, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction with alien life, and mystery. Throw all those things together and you have one explosive book that defies categorization and makes for sheer awesome.
THAT IS THIS BOOK.
I didn’t put it down. I sat and read it in one sitting, and even when I had to move rooms, I carried it and walked while reading to the other room. This book is just amazing, and I am SO GLAD it’s part of a trilogy (at least. Please, PLEASE Kim Knox, DON’T STOP THERE!!!)
Agamemnon Frost is a great character. As Mason says, he has many masks, and he wears all of them well. When Mason is hired to be his valet for a night at a party, Mason has no idea what he’s gotten himself into. Apparently Martians are trying to turn people into automatons and take over the world or something. That part isn’t clear because the humans don’t know exactly what they’re after, either. Which makes it that much more interesting.
I loved Mason, too. When he goes through his transfiguration, it’s not 100% the way Frost would have liked it, and there are moments when I think all is in despair. But fear not! Frost is too smart and knows what’s going on and reacts accordingly.
Not only that, but the two men together have some serious sexual tension building. Though there is no acting on it in this book, that was fine with me. The world and character building was enough.
I’m hooked. Move over, Sherlock Holmes. There’s a new man in town, and his name is Agamemnon Frost!
This book is available from Carina Press. You can purchase a copy from Amazon.