In nineteenth-century Victorian England, a youngNetherworld chronicles the journey of Diana; a widow left with the task of completing her husband's family legacy of closing portals between the mortal realm and the Netherworld. Diana comes in contact with plenty of interesting characters along the way. The book keeps a steady pace that ends with a satisfying ending. The addition of Diana's faithful cat, Mina, was brilliant and will appeal to all cat (and animal) lovers.
widow finds that she has inherited more than her late
husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.
Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband's death and prevent the apocalypse.
This book was a bit longer than I expected, but it never felt drawn out. Every part of the story seems to have a purpose in the plot and flows well. Morton is crafted at creating a bevy of characters that are wonderfully written and entertaining. From the furry Mina to the dutiful Howes, you will find that each character has their own voice and story.
Morton is a genius at crafting the setting of her story. There were times that I wanted to turn on the bedside lamp at the haunting feel. Regardless, I still couldn't put it down. The book is listed as the beginning of a series, and I cannot express how much I want to continue following Diana and Mina's adventures. After finishing this book, I was left with the tinge of sadness that comes with the parting of characters you've grown attached to. I think that in itself shows the quality of this book.
All in all, I couldn't suggest a better book for someone who loves their historical fiction served with a side of adventure and romance.
**I was gifted this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the author and/or publisher.