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Vanished

Book One of The Gwen St. James Affair

Publisher: Tower Room Publishing
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Sub Genre: Gaslamp
Language: English
“Gwen St. James, the main character, is a force to be reckoned with – a blend of Mary Poppins’ charm and Sherlock Holmes’ keen intellect. She is a protagonist who grabs your attention from the very first page and doesn’t let go. Her determination and resourcefulness kept me eagerly reading, anxious to see how she would unravel the mysteries at hand. The well-developed characters in Vanished were a highlight for me. Each character had their own unique personality and motivations, making them feel like real people with whom I formed emotional connections. I found myself genuinely invested in their fates, rooting for them and fearing for their safety, which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. The setting of New London was brilliantly described, with atmospheric charm. The world-building was immersive, and I was transported to this fantastical version of London with its steampunk-inspired elements and richly imagined details. The story itself was engaging and kept me hooked from start to finish. The pacing was just right, with a perfect balance of mystery, action, and suspense. The plot was intricately woven, full of surprises and twists that kept me guessing until the very end. Overall, Vanished is a delightful gaslamp fantasy novel that left me eager for more. Gwen St. James is a compelling and memorable protagonist, and the world she inhabits is richly drawn and full of intrigue. I highly recommend this book to fans of gaslamp fantasy, mystery, and adventure.”
– Bob Aycock
Magic. Mystery. Marmalade.

Eccentric social outcast Lady Gwenevere St. James knows many secret things: magic, alchemy, artifice, and even the truth about the long-forgotten faeries. But she does not know why common criminals are using rare and dangerous magic to kidnap orphans from the streets of New London.

After rescuing one young girl, Gwen vows to save the rest, no matter the cost. But a handsome Scotland Yard inspector is also investigating the case, and he thinks Gwen knows far too much about the kidnappings to be innocent.

To save the children, Gwen must dodge the Inspector, bully a coven of witches, and outsmart her marriage-minded mama, all while managing a wily young pickpocket and a headstrong raven. But an unexpected secret hides at the center of the mystery, one that will force her to confront the most painful event from her past, and possibly sacrifice her future.

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