I found this novel hugely entertaining. It was a big melting pot of elements. At times it reminded me of The Mummy movies, Sherlock without the analysis, Hell Boy and maybe just a bit of Gail Carridger without the steampunk. Magical stuff and very visual. The romance was a delight and way more smutty than I had anticipated for a paranormal historical. No fade to black thanks very much! I've been a bit tired while I've been reading, so at times I wondered a little at the slow pacing, but could this have been my own knackeredness and lack of sleep? I'm not sure. Overall, this was a great introduction to a new author and I'll definitely be checking out her backlist.