(from our DIK review) Dabney: When I turned the last page of Dukes Are Forever, I got teary. And that’s not just because the final story in this series is deeply romantic and satisfying. I sighed because, damnit, I am going to miss this world and its denizens terribly. I’M NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE! Caz: I KNOW!! I have the WORST book hangover right now. The London Steampunk and London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy series have become two of my all-time favourites and it’s going to take me a while to move on from this final book - which is all the things you say it is, and then some. This final instalment is the culmination of everything that we’ve been building to in the previous four books. The Duke of Malloryn and his Company of Rogues uncovered a conspiracy to overthrow the queen orchestrated by Malloryn’s long-term enemy, Lord Balfour, who is out for revenge of the worst kind - wanting to destroy everything Malloryn cares about before finally killing him. So far, Balfour has tried and failed, although he’s come close a few times; one of the things I like so much about these books is that while we know our heroes will prevail, it’s never easy, and the author is terrific at casting just enough doubt in the reader’s mind as to make us worry just a little bit about the outcome!
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