So today, I’m going with a book recommendation.
Or, to be more exact, a trilogy recommendation.
The Timothy Wilde Trilogy, by Lyndsay Faye
The first book in the series, Gods of Gotham, was an impulse buy for me. I was wandering around Barnes & Noble one day, just killing time, when I spotted a cover that really caught my eye.
No, it wasn’t Gods of Gotham. It was Seven for a Secret (the second book of the trilogy). It featured a man wearing a copper star, his face partially obscured by a hat pulled low. It was reminiscent of Justified, and I was intrigued.
But of course I didn’t want to start with the second book in a series, so I bought book one.
And man, I am so glad I did.
I followed up with Seven for a Secret, and then had to wait (not long though, thankfully) for book three (The Fatal Flame) to be released. I think Seven for a Secret is my favorite, but by a pretty narrow margin. They’re all great books.
Why Should You Read Them?
Lyndsay Faye’s writing is superb. She manages to blend intriguing mysteries with well-researched history in a way that’s smooth and fascinating and magical. You’ll learn a lot, but you’ll never feel like you’re in a history lecture.
But the real strength of these books is the characters: Timothy, who’s terribly flawed, but cares about justice more than anything; his bisexual brother Valentine, who’s alternately infuriating and comical; and Jim, Valentine’s lover, who’s wiser than both brothers put together. Each book has its own story, but the beauty of the trilogy as a whole is watching these three men come together to finally become a family.
These are the kinds of books that leave me in awe. Faye’s prose — lyrical, yet still funny and light — makes me feel like an utter fraud as an author. She makes me want to break my pencils and throw them all away (but in the best possible way).
Other Books by Lyndsay Faye
Faye has two other books that I know of. (If there are others, tell me NOW so I can buy them.) Yes, the Timothy Wilde books are my favorites, but every one of her novels is worth reading. If you’re interested in either Sherlock Holmes or Jack the Ripper, check out Dust and Shadow. And if you’re a Jane Eyre fan (or even if you aren’t!), you should look into Faye’s darker twist on the tale, Jane Steele.
Want to Read One?
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