Lackey's latest Elemental Masters novel is set in Victorian England. The Harton School for Boys and Girls, run by Isabelle and Frederick Harton, is one of the few schools that takes students whose magic doesn't pertain to the elements, and who are, therefore, frequently ignored by the Elemental Masters. Such unheeded gifts include clairvoyance, telepathy, and the very rare ability to truly communicate with the dead. Sarah Jane's parents, missionary healers in Africa, send the 12-year-old to Harton, and she is happy there, especially after she befriends Nan, a street urchin. After an attempt is made on Sarah and Nan's lives, it is clear that a powerful Elemental Master wants one or both girls dead. Isabelle Harton must seek the aid of the Elemental Masters of London, though the Masters' Circle is led by Lord Alderscroft, who once cruelly jilted her.
*yawn* I had the hardest time reading this book. The only interesting character, Lord Alderscroft, hardly ever showed up until the end. Nan and Sarah got on my nerves, and I found myself wondering how they were always so perfect. Annoyingly perfect. I didn't find the book interesting until the last 100 pages or so, when the main part of the plot finally got going. All pages before then were just fluff and unneeded. And the bird Neville... ugh, why must Nan have a bird as well, just because she asked for it? Cliche. I really don't recommend this at all. The writing style was insanely annoying. Normally I'm a big fan of Lackey, but this one wasn't worth the read at all.