In the sequel to The Ashes of London, James Marwood makes a return to the crime fighting scene, unwilling though he is. This time he is thrust into even more precarious life and death situations with many previous characters returning. Cat Lovett makes a return, causing more problems than the previous novel (if that is even possible). Rife with tragedy, loss, and anger, Taylor does an incredible job of weaving sympathy for the characters into the reader’s soul. The Fire Court‘s tagline: “London 1667. A city rising from the ashes. A murder that could destroy everything.”
As far as sequels go, this one took me for a ride. It kept me on the edge of my seat as plot twists threw me for a loop just when I thought I had it figured out. While it wasn’t a quick read, I did race through the 440 pages. I was captivated by the multiple intersecting in surprising and unexpected ways. The court of the King was once again caught up in scandal, plotting, and drama that left the reader engaged and wanting more. I am definitely looking forward to the third installment in this series, The King’s Evil.