This book begins in 1875 London, but... like... in an 1875 London from a parallel dimension-one where there's magic and no one blinks twice kind of 1875 London. The heroine, Sondrine, works for her aunt's curio/apothecary shop and is one day visited by a mysterious stranger wanting to trade an antique for herbs. The antique in question is a snow globe which will impact her future and catapult her into a secret world she never knew existed. Her journey is no accident though as the mysterious stranger is actually a bounty hunter sent by the king. Turns out, Sondrine has been chosen to squash Winterhaven's evil queen.
I loved this book! It was full of adventure and strong characters. The plot was strong and I didn't always predict what was going to happen. The writing was vivid and I loved the world(s) Nelson created. I can't wait to see how Sondrine and Shán's relationship evolves in the next book. =)