Sophia Westlake is an Extraordinary Seer, gifted with the ability to see past, present and future in Dreams and Visions. Her talent led to the destruction of the Caribbean pirates plaguing England’s shipping and gained her renown and the accolades of her peers. But when she accuses a prominent politician, Lord Endicott, of embezzling from the Army, her Dream is “proved” false and she is disgraced, her reputation ruined and her career in the Army’s War Office over.
Humiliated, Sophia returns to London, but Lord Endicott follows her, intent on making her life increasingly miserable. Furious and desperate, Sophia takes the only course left to her: she sets out to discover Lord Endicott’s criminal enterprises, to expose him as the fraud he is and bring him to justice.
And always watching her is the mysterious Mr. Rutledge, who claims to be interested in Sophia’s friendship—and possibly more than that—but who has an agenda of his own. Sophia’s Dreams and Visions are leading her to just one place: the destruction of Lord Endicott. But the cost of her vengeance may be too high—and may demand the sacrifice of her own life.
Calcutta, 1813. Lady Daphne St. Clair, who as an Extraordinary Bounder is capable of transporting herself anywhere in the world with a thought, has longed to serve in the Army for years. But an unexpected weakness at the sight of blood makes her responsible for a good man’s death in battle. Unable to serve on the battlefield, Daphne is sent to India to be transportation for the Governor-General’s wife and children.
A chance encounter with Captain Phineas Fletcher leads to Daphne being given a new opportunity: help Captain Fletcher discover the truth behind a series of strange occurrences in the town of Madhyapatnam. Daphne is willing to do anything to restore her reputation. As the days progress, her attachment to the members of the team grows deeper, as does her growing attraction to the captain.
Back in 2016 we reviewed Burning Bright by Melissa McShane, which was the first in The Extraordinaries series. Since then, two more Extraordinaries novels have been published; Wondering Sight and Abounding Might. The books are great as stand alone stories, but if you have read more than one, you’ll pick up references to other stories in each.
Regardless, each tale is filled with adventure and magic, along with a rich historical setting–which makes the series quite unique. A little romance is added as well, to sweeten things up.
We absolutely loved these books, and fantasized about having our own “extraordinary” powers (whilst wearing beautiful Regency gowns?). The ability to conjure and control fire? Yes, we’ll take that.
Being able to see past, present and future in dreams and visions? Quite useful. How about transporting oneself anywhere in the world with just a thought? That’s our first pick!! If only… Anyway, readers, take a moment to whisk yourself away to another era where magical possibilities are truly extraordinary!