The Map of Time (Trilogy Victoriana #1) - Felix J Palma
Interesting story telling. I definitely kept reading to see how all the pieces of the story would come together. On the same note, some of the pieces of the story were pretty drawn out without any understanding of how they fit into the bigger story. I also love books about books, so I couldn’t help but enjoy seeing H. G. Wells as a main character. I loved the idea of his influence on victorian London’s appetite for time travel, and the mindset his novel (The Time Machine) could bring about.
I can’t go too much into the magic without spoilers. The author does a nice job of keeping us guessing though. You think you’re getting used to the pattern about two thirds of the way into the book and then you have to rethink what you think you know. Yes, it's one of those kind of books.
This was the first installment in a trilogy, so I do think that there was a little bit of setup. From the descriptions of the next books in the series, it also seems like this first book was used to establish the pattern that would then be used throughout the rest of the series. I’ll probably give the next book a try as it looks like even more literary characters show up.