The Bartered Brides By Mercedes Lackey
Book/Novel Author: Mercedes Lackey
Book/Novel Title: The Bartered Brides
**The thirteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England.**
The threat of Moriarty is gonebut so is Sherlock Holmes.
Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriartys network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens.
The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriartys associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powersand perhaps some help from a dearly departed friendto bring the murderer to justice. **
Praise for the Elemental Masters series:
Lackeys fantastical world of Elementals, plus her delightful Nan and Sarah, create an amusing contrast for Arthur Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes and John Watson . The **mix of humor, history, fantasy, and mystery** is balanced in a way that any reader could pick up the book and thoroughly enjoy it from beginning to end. *RT Reviews
The Paris of Degas, turn-of-the-century Blackpool, and the desperation of young girls without family or other protection come to life in a **story that should interest a broad readership**. *Booklist*
All in **fine fairy-tale tradition**…. Its grim fun, with some nice historical detail, and just a hint of romance to help lighten things. *Locus*
The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance…. A **well-developed heroine and engaging story**. *Publishers Weekly*
The fifth in the series involving the mysterious Elemental Masters, this story of a resourceful young dancer also delivers a new version of a classic fairy tale. **Richly detailed historic backgrounds** add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended. *Library Journal*
The Elementals novels are **beautiful, romantic adult fairy tales**. Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy. Worlds of Wonder
Ms. Lackey is **a master in fantasy** , and this visit to an alternate historical England is no exception. Vivid characterization and believable surroundings are flawlessly joined in a well-detailed world. Darque Reviews
“I find Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series **a true frolic into fantasy**.” ** Fantasy Book Spot
### About the Author
**Mercedes Lackey** is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling **Heralds Of Valdemar** series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.