The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Tundra Books
Source: Received a review copy from LibraryThing Review Program
The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim (#1)
I adored the author's Boy Sherlock series and was delighted to hear about this new series. High Victorian Gothic horror and mystery abound in this tale set in approx. the same timeframe as the Sherlock books. Victorian era, but this time mostly set in the Scottish highlands. Very dark and eerie. The paranormal elements come from a boy who can literally feel the emotion and action in tales of fiction. He finds out there are others like him and that the monsters are real. The literary connections make the plot even more exciting for book lovers. "Frankenstein" and Polidori's "The Vampyre" are spoken of a great deal, while Goethe's "Faust" and "Dracula" become main plot elements. Bram Stoker is himself a secondary character as is a famous stage actor of the time. I found the story highly atmospheric and entertaining. The pace was a little slow, but it was a great beginning to a new series.