From that point on the plot developed better, the story was more coherent, and it did not drag on endlessly without momentum (as the first half had). The ending was well written, shocking, and back on course with my enjoyment of the first book. I can only hope that magic remains for the next installment of the Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson saga.
Although there was a lot I did not enjoy about the first half of the novel, I loved the addition of the August Moriarty character. What a breath of fresh air, a change of pace from the stagnant moments between Holmes and Watson. He is a morose character with many reasons to hate everyone involved in the novel, but he is still helpful, and funny, and selfless (unlike every other character). I especially enjoyed his interactions with Watson, these two made the beginning of the book tolerable. I wanted more moments between them, and less of the venom being spit between the two main characters. If not for August, this book may have ended up in my DNF (did not finish) pile.
It seems that the second hand characters were the starring points in the novel, not only did August shine, but good friends Lena and Tom make a comeback later in the novel, and they are brilliant. If you are having a hard time with pushing through this book, just know that it does turn around and the writing becomes fast paced and enticing. And the ending...the ending leaves your breathless and grasping for more.