In The Shadow Of Blackbirds

I really enjoyed this novel. Even when the entire story started from a death, and although it still ended in the same way. But I loved Mary Shelley.

She was such an original character, and most importantly I always found her really relatable and even realistic. And that she has seen so much, and despite not fighting in a war she has already lost a lot in it. I really liked the impact it has done on Mary Shelley.

As for the main story, it is a murder mystery about Stephen. Where his death is more suspicious than anyone thinks it is, and well there is quite a bit of supernatural aiding Mary to allow her to figure all this out. I just really enjoyed the way it was handled.

Most importantly, was that the novel dealt with war. The mystery dealt with how people impacted by the war, the plague and how it creates a tragedy. And how it happens. I really enjoyed yet was saddened by the reveal of it all. And at the same time, it was never what I expected at all.

All the while the side characters stood out. Such as Julius and Mr Darning, and their secrets. Aunt Eva and her protectiveness which did have some sense, although I was groaning at her all the time. Yet, I never detested her just found her really annoying and wishes that she will understand.

As for having Mary serve the red cross and help those war veterans, it was really real to me. And I felt that it was fitting if anything.

Overall, this is a novel which explores more than just war and ghosts. It is about all the effects it causes, apart from the epidemic to even the mental health of soldiers. Overall, this was really enjoyable.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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