Well Sherlock Holmes should watch his back! Because Professor Langdon is so catching up to him! This was my first book by James P. Blaylock and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. This is the second book with Professor Langdon in it, but I didn’t feel left out or lost at all! Blaylock writes in such a way that you can read them out of order. James P. Blaylock is definitely a father of steampunk. He has wonderfully fast paced stories! The Aylesford Skull is a work of art! It is well crafted and the subplots make the book rise to the top. This is definitely one to grab and read!
It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives - brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer - is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives.
When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit...
The first new steampunk novel in over twenty years from one of the genre's founding fathers!