I won a copy of this on GR First Reads and just now got to it as I wanted to read the first one before reading this. And enjoyable read, with more of a gothic type feel to it than steampunk, which was good for me as I'm not a big fan of steampunk. Katharine is a good strong character with good instincts. While these books are not my usual read they were a nice change of pace and this one went MUCH faster for me than the first one did. Would definitely recommend both books to anyone who enjoys a nice gothic tale with a bit of steampunk thrown in!