Sweet Delight: Abounding Might by Melissa McShane

Sweet Delight: Abounding Might by Melissa McShaneAbounding Might by Melissa McShane

Series: The Extraordinaries #3
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Curiosity Quills on October 3, 2017
Pages: 363
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Calcutta, 1813.

Lady Daphne St. Clair, who as an Extraordinary Bounder is capable of transporting herself anywhere in the world with a thought, has longed to serve in the Army for years. But an unexpected weakness at the sight of blood makes her responsible for a good man’s death in battle. Unable to serve on the battlefield, Daphne is sent to India to be transportation for the Governor-General’s wife and children. In disgrace, Daphne fears she will never achieve the fame and glory she has worked so hard for.

A chance encounter with Captain Phineas Fletcher, attached to the Honourable East India Company as a troubleshooter and investigator, leads to Daphne being given a new opportunity: help Captain Fletcher discover the truth behind a series of strange occurrences in the town of Madhyapatnam. Daphne is willing to do anything to restore her reputation, even something as small as Captain Fletcher’s investigation. As the days progress, her attachment to the members of the team grows deeper, as does her growing attraction to the captain.

But as Daphne and Captain Fletcher dig deeper into the mystery, the truth turns out to be much more sinister than anyone imagined. Dark currents run deep beneath the pleasant surface of Madhyapatnam, and the echoes of a twenty-year-old story threaten not only the Company’s rule over the town, but the safety and well-being of everyone in it. Soon only Daphne’s talent and courage stand between Madhyapatnam and the evil that threatens to overwhelm it.

The Delight

Lady Daphne was an enthusiastic and effervescent character in the previous story of The Extraordinaries series and I was boundless with excitement to get her story.  Her raw youthfulness and joy was the heart of this third installment of an engaging historical fantasy romance series.

Review

As I just noted, Abounding Might is book three in the series.  It works much better in order, but also has the distinction of also allowing for a reader to get it out of order.  Fair warning, the world of The Extraordinaries is considered to be already introduced and understood by this point.

So, this is Lady Daphne’s story.  It begins on a solemn low note for her.  For all her powerful ability and her drive to be the best and have amazing adventures, she has a flaw.  Well, two, but who’s counting.  Her physical handicap of fainting at the sight of blood gets an officer killed and has her, tail tucked between her legs, ignominiously packed off to India away from the battlefront to serve the Governor-General’s wife.

Daphne isn’t down for long and finds adventure and intrigue in an unexpected place.  She wanted to wallow a bit, but her natural personality takes over and has her making a friend in a fellow female magic user, Bess, who is a ‘Speaker’ (she can broadcast thoughts into other minds and exchange thoughts with fellow Speakers).  Daphne’s own magic as an Extraordinaire Bounder (one who can travel between two points with just a thought or with effort carry others with her) gets her assigned to the attractive Captain Fletcher’s unit along with her more mundane duties.

With Fletcher, who has a rather sensitive magic that allows him to know a person’s emotions, she gets some of her own back.  She is conflicted between shunning the attraction between them out of fear that she will lose out on future adventure or seeing love as its own adventure.  But, the romance is often secondary to the conflicts around them.  I enjoyed the suspense plot of figuring out who was fomenting the rebellion in the Indian province and how to stop them.  Daphne, like the other heroines before her in the series, has some great action scenes and is a hero in her own right rescuing the men included.

The blends of history, romance, fantasy elements and even mystery make this a riveting story for action, but also has lovely depth and development for the heroine as she comes into her own.  I can highly recommend the series even as I settle back to anticipate the next book’s release.

My thanks to Curiosity Quills for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Ooooo, Calcutta, very cool. I haven’t read a ton of adult fiction novels set in India. I’d not heard of this series! Fantasy, historical, and romance are three of my favorite genres. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Each book has taken the reader to a different location and each heroine has had a different magical gift. Its been great so far. Loved that this one was India, too.

  • This sounds like a good one! I think I have the first book in the series as I picked it up when it was free and I remembered your review and how much you enjoyed it. The paranormal and historical genre combination sounds very interesting and how cool that this one takes place in India. It sounds nice how there’s also some suspense and romance going on. Great review!

    • Oh yes, this series has been great. The first book is still my favorite so I hope you enjoy it. Exotic India was a fab setting. 🙂

  • RO

    Who wouldn’t love to transport themselves anywhere in the world? (lol) This isn’t a book I would have picked up had I seen it on the shelf, but the fantasy and history sounds like this is a great one to try, Super Sophia! Hugs…RO

    • Yeah, the cover is striking, but might not grab everyone’s fancy. The world of this series is a great mash of historical and fantasy and I love the plots.

      Thanks, Radiant Ro! 🙂

  • I didn’t know about this one but it looks like a good one there! Plus, I’m intriguing by the setting too. thanks for sharing!

    • Oh yes, this is one of my favorite series, but its not as popular. Hope you get the chance to try them, Melliane!

  • wow this sounds like a solid read here. I love books like this with various mixes of elements. Lovely review.

    • Same here, Renee. This was a fantastic combo of elements that I enjoyed.

  • Have a wonderful week, my friend. ❤️

  • My pleasure, Geybie! 🙂

  • This one is new to me. It sounds like a really interesting world. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

    • Oh yes, the worldbuilding is probably the funnest part for me, Carole. Love the mash of historical with fantasy. 🙂

  • I’m not familiar with this series, although I may have read reviews on the earlier books. So these are about people with abilities during an historic period. I am intrigued! Thanks Sophia.

  • Oh good, Lorna. I thought it was a great genre blending and the first book was my favorite of the three heroines and their stories.