I read the first in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series over ten years ago, and at the time, I intended to read more. The only other one I've read is The Wizard of London, but I enjoyed both books and don't know why I never followed through with the entire series.
I didn't even realize A Scandal in Battersea was part of the Elemental Masters series, but as soon as I started reading, the familiarity of certain elements was evident.
There are wizards, psychics, mediums, hobs, and spirits, and a school for young children with magical abilities. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and his wife Mary also play important roles, along with Lord Alderscroft, Master of the White Lodge.
The previous books in the series take a fairy tale as a starting point, but the association is very loose and transferred to the Victorian era. A Scandal in Battersea makes a slight departure into a folklore figure.
A vague and powerful evil begins inserting itself into the world, but as young women begin disappearing, the threat increases and London itself could be utterly devastated. Psychic Nan Killian and Medium Sarah Lyon-White are enlisted by Dr. Watson and Mary to examine a young woman who had herself committed to an asylum for disturbing visions of murders. Her latest vision is of London in ruins. The initial question is whether the visions are delusions or evidence of clairvoyant abilities.
Whatever this ancient evil is "..it will take the combined forces of Magic, Psychic Powers, and the worlds greatest detective to stop the darkness before it can conquer all."
It would be an advantage to have read more of the books in this series. Although the books I read years ago let me recognize a few things, I would like to know more of the background of characters like Nan and Sarah and about some of their previous adventures.
Fantasy/Supernatural. Oct. 17, 2017. Print length: 320 pages.