A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #2) by Jodi Taylor
Published October 18, 2013 by Accent Press
Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea.
In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.
But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary's - an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it.
If you read my review of Just One Damned Thing After Another, you are already aware that this book series is currently taking up all of my bookish thoughts and love. Jodi Taylor definitely knows what she is doing!
I was a little concerned that the second book wouldn't be as amazing as the first. I mean, how do you top something as amazing as that? Well, she didn't top it. But she did meet its caliber.
One of my favorite things about the first book was the excellently accomplished world-building. Taylor did a superb job in this novel as well. I absolutely adored all of the descriptions of scenery both in the different time periods as well as in St. Mary's itself. No matter where she takes her characters, Taylor makes sure that she takes you with them. She makes sure that the world you read about is as real to you as it is to her characters. I love the way she turns this series into a movie in my mind. It's been a long time since I've read one, let alone two, books that are this terrifically descriptive.
There were so many times throughout this novel that the relationship between Leon and Max almost killed me. They are so realistic and they share a love that is so believable that their pain and strife is also believable. These two are quickly becoming my all-time favorite couple.
I am so in love with this series! Whatever Jodi Taylor does, I have faith in her writing skills.