The last members of the secret society known as the Oversight still patrol the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But the society's new members are unproven, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies to London, and surprising new allies from across the sea.
But most surprising of all are revelations about the Oversight's past, secrets that will expose the true peril of the world in which their friends Sharp and Sara are trapped - the riddle of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow the duo home, if they ever manage to return.
The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now . . .
The members of the Oversight, London's only defense against black magic and evil forces, must band together to defeat multiple threats of the supernatural sort in Fletcher's thrilling follow-up to 2014's The Oversight. Sara Falk is a Glint, someone who experiences the history of objects she touches. She steps into a mirror world to search for missing Oversight member Jack Sharp. Hodge, a guardian of the Tower of London, must train his new apprentice, Charlie, in catching rats and other matters, and the reclusive, long-lived Smith, their teammate, has his hands full with new recruit Lucy Harker, another Glint. Fletcher builds on the considerable appeal and magical menace of the first novel and raises the stakes for his characters, while adding new evildoers and allies to the mix. Fletcher's Victorian London is an atmospheric, creepily delicious concoction of alleyways and dark magic, mirror worlds where danger dwells at every turn, and nuanced, complex characters, all with their own story. Those already familiar with this world will be delighted, and newcomers will eagerly lose themselves in this utterly imaginative fantasy.