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London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Br London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penny dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. But with no one to share his life with, he fears London will never truly feel like home. Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.


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London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Br London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penny dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. But with no one to share his life with, he fears London will never truly feel like home. Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

30 review for The Merchant and the Rogue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Publication Day 8/17 Penny Dreadfuls were stories published in installments, a week or more apart. At a penny apiece, many street urchins were "eager for a copy of the popular tales...in made-up worlds, far from the heavy lives they lived...London's street children knew far too much of the world to be upset by tales of danger and dastardliness." The Dread Penny Society was "a group of vigilante, do-good authors." Cloaked in secrecy, significant others in their lives were told half truths about th Publication Day 8/17 Penny Dreadfuls were stories published in installments, a week or more apart. At a penny apiece, many street urchins were "eager for a copy of the popular tales...in made-up worlds, far from the heavy lives they lived...London's street children knew far too much of the world to be upset by tales of danger and dastardliness." The Dread Penny Society was "a group of vigilante, do-good authors." Cloaked in secrecy, significant others in their lives were told half truths about the society's secret agenda. Brogan Donnelly had always been a "foot soldier" but the head of the DPS wanted him to be "a general in [a] high stakes battle." The Russian ambassador had requested protection amid worries of being targeted by a notorious criminal mastermind. Brogan's assignment: resign his DPS membership and work alone gathering information. He became a "plant" in a print shop owned and operated by a Russian immigrant named Sorokin. Sorokin had been seen near Ambassador von Brunnow's home. "Brogan never abandoned people in need...but undertaking this alone [was] out of character...outside his ability...the rogue elephant it is, then." How opportune! A help wanted sign in the Sorokin Print Shop! The very shop Brogan needed to investigate. Based upon his past history, Brogan knew that "life [doesn't] hand out opportunities in equal measure." Fleeing from Dublin with his sister Moirin, they had to live by their wits to get by. "Twas sometimes a long while between pennies." Brogan, using the moniker Ganor, was a wonder with the street urchins, helping them decide which Penny Dreadful was the best purchase for a hard earned penny. His kindness was not lost on Vera Sorokina. "Something about hiring Brogan gave her pause...she would keep her eyes and ears open." "Papa Sorokin struggled to trust people. He was gruff and offputting. He did not like writers...[Papa ] had decades of reasons to keep his distance from the literary set." Complications arose when the criminal element tried to squeeze money from the London shopkeepers who were just scraping by. "The Merchant and the Rogue" (The Dread Penny Society #3) by Sarah M. Eden can be read as a standalone story set in 1865 London. The banter and sparks flying between Brogan and Vera as their friendship deepened, perhaps, might be indicative of something more. The alternation of storyline interspersed with two Penny Dreadfuls, in installments, was delightful and helped propel the story. A different ending would have been more to the taste of this reader, however, the tome was most enjoyable. Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    The Merchant and the Rogue is book 3 in The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M. Eden, published by Shadow Mountain Publishers. This story is set in London 1865 and is about Dread Penny Society member Brogan Donnelly. By working there, he is assigned to secretly investigate a Soho print shop for possible criminal connection to the Russian ambassador’s office. Brogan has to be careful not to tip off shop manager Vera Sorokina about why he is there. Local merchants seem to be at risk if they don The Merchant and the Rogue is book 3 in The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M. Eden, published by Shadow Mountain Publishers. This story is set in London 1865 and is about Dread Penny Society member Brogan Donnelly. By working there, he is assigned to secretly investigate a Soho print shop for possible criminal connection to the Russian ambassador’s office. Brogan has to be careful not to tip off shop manager Vera Sorokina about why he is there. Local merchants seem to be at risk if they don’t pay for “protection” against sabotage of their livelihoods, so Brogan and Vera work to stop the crime spree while their feelings for each other grow. Main character is philanthropist Brogan Donnelly who has grown up as an orphan on the streets of Dublin and is passionate about making the lives of poor children easier. I keep whishing he would value himself more, but I like him a lot and he is my favorite of this story. Supporting character is print shop manager Vera Sorokina, who seems a compassionate and confident business woman with a heart for the street children. I find her very obedient with her father and wish she would have found courage to rebel. I have read both previous books in the series and would probably recommend reading them in order to get the complete picture, but the story reads perfectly as a standalone too. The plot centers on the secret Dread Penny Society whose purpose is to make the lives of London’s street children better. Brogan Donnelly is an active participant in this. I felt I learned even more from this book about the difficult living conditions for poor, orphaned children in the 1800s. As it takes place in a poor area where businesses struggle to survive and criminals find a way to exploit it felt unique as I have not read anything similar. The dramatic mystery element of figuring out who pressures shopkeepers to pay to prevent destruction of their businesses was one of my favorite parts. The description of when Brogan and Vera met for the first time was my absolute favorite part of the story and I loved the bantering between them. Having followed the series so far, I eagerly await what the next book will be about. Readers who enjoy historical romance stories will enjoy this. I have read quite a number of Sarah M. Eden’s books and loved them all, so I’m sure other of her fans will too. Similar authors to explore might be Abigail Wilson or Arlem Hawks. Thank you to Shadow Mountain, Sarah M. Eden and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: In The Merchant and the Rogue, grown-up Irish street urchin Brogan Donnelly works in a print shop to secretly investigate criminal activity when he meets kindhearted Vera Sorokina who is equally passionate about poor children. Brogan and Vera’s feelings for each other grow while they work to stop the crime spree threatening local merchants.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A great continuation of this series. More players come into this. We learn about Brogan and his sister. And we meet Vera. These are some compassionate, do good characters. Eden excels at characters you want to love. This series is different in that there are 3 stories going. This is not my favorite thing. There is a penny dreadful story in each of these books written by King, the main member of the story and the story about the main players in this book. It pulls me out of the main story every t A great continuation of this series. More players come into this. We learn about Brogan and his sister. And we meet Vera. These are some compassionate, do good characters. Eden excels at characters you want to love. This series is different in that there are 3 stories going. This is not my favorite thing. There is a penny dreadful story in each of these books written by King, the main member of the story and the story about the main players in this book. It pulls me out of the main story every time these other two stories pop up. I ended up skipping them and going back and reading them after I read the main story. This was much better for my brain. I hate starting a story until I am finished with the last. I enjoyed this story and am waiting for the next!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trisha (semi-hiatus)

    Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This was better than the last, but nowhere near the first. I don't know where this series went wrong, but with the first amazing book, the less than enjoyable second, and this marginally better Third, I don't know whether this series is worth keeping up with any more. I will most likely read the next instalments too, but I don't know where the potential that the first o Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! This was better than the last, but nowhere near the first. I don't know where this series went wrong, but with the first amazing book, the less than enjoyable second, and this marginally better Third, I don't know whether this series is worth keeping up with any more. I will most likely read the next instalments too, but I don't know where the potential that the first one had went. This book actually had conflict, and angst, and actual character differences, so compared to the second one, this one was amazing. But compared to what drew me to this series, the first book, it still wasn't that good. The plot is alright, but I honestly thought this was just going to be a trilogy, so it was a bit disappointing to see that nothing much ended up happening except that the most notorious and previously thought most dangerous criminal got caught. But now there's an even worse one, so we're more or less back to square one? I like that this explored the way the members of the Dread Penny society were facing numerous problems with being able to tell their family members, but I would have liked the resolution in this book? I would have loved to see the ending actually including the decision and it's consequences at the end. Vera and Brogan's romance was so many levels above Ana and Hollis, just because there was angst. I'm telling you, after The Gentleman and The Thief, I'll enjoy nearly everything if there's actual conflict; the book was just so boring. But this is not the review for that book, so you can go and read my grievances there. The penny dreadfuls have gotten boring though? the first book ones were amazing, though I didn't i>love the vampire one; in the second book they were alright, but the gentleman and thief one seemed out of place because in the first Elizabeth was drawing inspiration form her life, but here she seems to be drawing inspiration from two other people's lives that she is not actually privy to, so it seems weird?; and in the third, the same problem was there, and in both the second and third book I didn't completely love the ones not by Mr. King. The Dead Zoo one was okay, but the ending was like those creepy ones where you're left like WHAT OH NO like those Ruskin Bond ones where you realise 5 minutes after reading the ending the creepy meaning of what was actually happening. Or even Roald Dahl level ones. Or even those Enid Blyton short story endings, if you've read Anytime Tales or ones like that. Honestly, my favourite parts of this book were when we had cameos of Elizabeth and Fletcher, so that should tell you a lot about how this ended up being. The ending was not to my liking because it seemed really incomplete. We just left the story when we could have done with a couple more chapters to explain what happens next with Vera. And the other thing I didn't like about it was the permanency. In both this book and the last, we end with a typical historical romance ending where the characters end up marrying but I loved the open ending of the first book a lot more. Fletcher and Elizabeth don't end up marrying and are still courting, and honestly that is the best ending because it subverts insta-love so well. And in both this and the last, the proposal seems too early and jarring compared to the voice of the first book. I laughed so loud when he reason behind Vera's father's' hate were revealed, which was not the correct emotion to display but it was so funny somehow? Like of course this would be the reason, how else could this have possibly ended. In like a sarcastic way. But my BR partner agreed with me, so I think I'm not completely mad. Yet. One the main likes for me about this series is that the characters are all middle class or middle class adjacent, which allows for a lot of other stories to be told than the typical historical romance involving earls, dukes, and marquesses. On the whole, an alright book by itself, but not a very good sequel. I would recommend it to readers of this series, but to take this recommendation with a grain of salt because you might not find the magic of the first one in this. And also to anyone who likes the secret hidden identity trope, friends to lovers trope, historical romances that do focus on plot and do it somewhat well, and ones involving the middle class.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I read this for a historical romance vlog: https://youtu.be/Ja14Oap9rlU A fun take take on historical romantic suspense that doesn't focus on the gentry! The Merchant and the Rogue follows a penny dreadful writer involved in a secret society that exists to fight for the poor and vulnerable. He goes undercover at a print shop owned by the father of our heroine, an immigrant from Russia. This was a sweet, slow burn romance without a lot of internal conflict. A lot of the conflict is about someone t I read this for a historical romance vlog: https://youtu.be/Ja14Oap9rlU A fun take take on historical romantic suspense that doesn't focus on the gentry! The Merchant and the Rogue follows a penny dreadful writer involved in a secret society that exists to fight for the poor and vulnerable. He goes undercover at a print shop owned by the father of our heroine, an immigrant from Russia. This was a sweet, slow burn romance without a lot of internal conflict. A lot of the conflict is about someone threatening the neighborhood. What's cool about this is interspersed between chapters are parts of two penny dreadful suspense stories, one of which is written by the hero! That was a fun meta element and I liked the stories. If you want a historical romance that is low drama and not steamy, definitely check this one out! I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    ‘London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penn ‘London, 1865 Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her freedom and an income, and while she is grateful for the stability it brings to her life, she often feels lonely. Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a penny dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. But with no one to share his life with, he fears London will never truly feel like home. Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at Vera’s print shop is aboveboard. When a growing criminal enterprise begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.’ ________________ 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. The Merchant and the Rogue is the third book in The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M. Eden and is a clean historical romance and mystery. The format of the books in the series are fairly unique in they consist of three stories woven together. There is the main mystery which features our main characters who work with the Dread Penny Society to help the poor and oppressed of London, then there is also two mini stories which take the form of Penny Dreadfuls, meant to be written by members of the Dread Penny Society. I like the unique format that the author utilizes for this series, I have found that it works fairly well, but I did find that I wasn’t intrigued by the Dread Penny chapters in this book, so they felt more like they were interrupting the narrative of the plot of the mystery than like they were adding to the intrigue of the book. I have enjoyed Sarah M. Eden’s historical romances and I love a mystery subplot that adds danger and adventure to the book, so it feels like this series should be perfect for me but I’m really not feeling it and I think this might be the last book in the series which I read. I liked the first in the series even if I wasn’t really wowed by it, but I was still intrigued to see where the author would go with the series. When it came to the second book in the series, I found that it was okay but not nearly as compelling as the first book. Now I have read the third in the series and, though I enjoyed it about as much as the second book, I really had a hard time sticking with it and had to push myself to keep reading it. So therefore I think that the series is alright, but ultimately probably not for me so I will not be reading further. Although I will continue to read other books by this author, but sticking more with her romances. _____ I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for sharing an eARC of The Merchant and the Rogue by Sarah M. Eden with me. This is my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    The third installment of the Dread Penny Society is just as enjoyable as the first two! This one focuses on Brogan, the fun and friendly Irish member of the “Dreadfuls,” who gets to go rogue and take a hit against the criminal ring in their blackmailing and forgery endeavors. There are more terrific characters to meet and more to learn about the society members and the criminals they are up against. I love the addition of two of the stories from members of this writing society. I love how they a The third installment of the Dread Penny Society is just as enjoyable as the first two! This one focuses on Brogan, the fun and friendly Irish member of the “Dreadfuls,” who gets to go rogue and take a hit against the criminal ring in their blackmailing and forgery endeavors. There are more terrific characters to meet and more to learn about the society members and the criminals they are up against. I love the addition of two of the stories from members of this writing society. I love how they are interspersed through the rest of the novel. This is how people would have read them—one little chapter at a time and life goes on while they wait for the next one. These ones each had a bit of the supernatural about them. Brogan’s was especially darkly humorous (that ending, LOL!). The Merchant and the Rogue is a wonderful addition to the series. It ends with a setup for the next novel in the series. I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    I have been so excited since reading the first book in this series for Brogan to have his own story written. And let me tell you, it was very fulfilling and everything I'd hoped for. If you haven't been following this series so far, you can read this as a stand-alone. But I do love the previous books so of course I'm going to encourage you to read those one as well. But, I know time is precious and sometimes you have to pick and choose what book to read. This one is my favorite of the three so fa I have been so excited since reading the first book in this series for Brogan to have his own story written. And let me tell you, it was very fulfilling and everything I'd hoped for. If you haven't been following this series so far, you can read this as a stand-alone. But I do love the previous books so of course I'm going to encourage you to read those one as well. But, I know time is precious and sometimes you have to pick and choose what book to read. This one is my favorite of the three so far. Soooo good!!! And the Penny Dreadfuls written within this book, oh my word. My heart was pounding a little bit at the end of one of them (I'll let you read the book to figure that out). Great twists. And it has me wondering how it ties completely into the main story because the Penny Dreadfuls are written by our Dread Penny vigilantes and reflect bits of truth from their lives. Hmmm... There's a big bad guy who has been elusive from the beginning of the series and the characters have been trying to find him and stop him. Brogan finds himself getting closer and closer. He also finds himself becoming more connected to a print shop and its proprietress. *smirk* Vera is charming. I love her care and concern for her fellow shop owners, friends and street urchins. She a Brogan are such a great duo. But there are some ups and downs in their future. The question is can they navigate those ups and downs, help save their neighbors, figure out who the bad guy is, protect each other and the street urchins, and maybe...just maybe let some feelings develop? You guys! This book was seriously so much fun! I'm hooked by this series and the intricacies of it all. The Dread Penny vigilantes, the Penny Dreadful serial stories, the side characters, their back stories, their struggles and most definitely their strength in helping and caring for each other. Grab a copy and read it!!! Then tell me what you think. Content: Clean. Some mild peril. Some fight scenes that are not overly graphic. Some paranormal aspects in the Penny Dreadful stories (which is historically accurate). Some kisses but nothing further. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Sarah M Eden is such an amazing author! I love the way she writes these. They have a regular story line and a couple of penny dreadfuls mixed in. It’s always fun to get to the spot with the penny dreadfuls and read the next installment, much like the street urchins who loved them so much in the story. I loved getting to know a bit more about Brogan. He’s a member of the Dread Penny Society, at least as the book opens. Brogan is asked to kind of remove himself for a bit and work on a special proje Sarah M Eden is such an amazing author! I love the way she writes these. They have a regular story line and a couple of penny dreadfuls mixed in. It’s always fun to get to the spot with the penny dreadfuls and read the next installment, much like the street urchins who loved them so much in the story. I loved getting to know a bit more about Brogan. He’s a member of the Dread Penny Society, at least as the book opens. Brogan is asked to kind of remove himself for a bit and work on a special project for the Dread Master. He’s asked to check out a merchant from Russia and see if he can figure out what’s going on. I loved this part of the story. It’s great how the mysteries in these all tie in to each other. The merchant is Mr Sorokina who runs a print shop. But the one really running the shop is Vera. I loved her! Vera is the kind of woman who watches out for those around her. I loved how she let the street urchins help out around the shop to earn their penny dreadfuls. And how she organized her street to find out what was going on when everyone was being targeted. I would make sure to read these in order. The Lady and the Highwayman is first, then The Gentleman and the Thief. The story continues in each of these. I was sent a copy of The Merchant and the Rogue as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    THE PLOT GOT LOST This was my second read in this series. The first one I found interesting and entertaining. This one... not so much. Especially the plot was a sore point for me. And I need a strong plot to really love a book. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Plot holes: I really felt like the plot was not fully developed. I detected several plot holes, which just lowered my opinion and made the story feel incomplete. Overall plot: The overall plot with Vera and Brogan was very weak and got drowned out by the ' THE PLOT GOT LOST This was my second read in this series. The first one I found interesting and entertaining. This one... not so much. Especially the plot was a sore point for me. And I need a strong plot to really love a book. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Plot holes: I really felt like the plot was not fully developed. I detected several plot holes, which just lowered my opinion and made the story feel incomplete. Overall plot: The overall plot with Vera and Brogan was very weak and got drowned out by the 'extra' stories featured in this book. It didn't feel strong enough to stand on its own. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 11 Ways to Get over a Reading Slump

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    This book is another fun installment in The Dread Penny Society. I love getting to know all characters better by delving into their stories. I love the way Eden weaves a tale and mingles it with the DPS authors writings--the reader is treated to a story within a story and it's a lot of fun. The mystery and suspense fulfills their roles in this middle/lower class setting with an Irish flair. I love the way the characters slink around, playing roles, helping the less fortunate, and forming relatio This book is another fun installment in The Dread Penny Society. I love getting to know all characters better by delving into their stories. I love the way Eden weaves a tale and mingles it with the DPS authors writings--the reader is treated to a story within a story and it's a lot of fun. The mystery and suspense fulfills their roles in this middle/lower class setting with an Irish flair. I love the way the characters slink around, playing roles, helping the less fortunate, and forming relationships, especially through their writing. Vera and Brogan are fun and interesting characters. Through their efforts, changes (in many facets) emerge and I love the way they work together to uncover the nefarious activities of the merchants of London. My only wish was for more romance. There was a dash, but I was hoping for a bit more, this being in the Proper Romance line. Content: mild violence; very mild romance *I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Another win for Sarah Eden. I absolutely adore this series and each one becomes a new favorite gem I will always treasure. Brogan and Vera are wonderful. They each have hard pasts and heart breaking stories to tell. As always the urchins that enter their lives are enduring characters and steal the show. And the penny dreadfuls are entertaining and spooky. The elusive Mastiff makes another appearance in this charming adventure full of surprises and page turning perfection. I love this authors boo Another win for Sarah Eden. I absolutely adore this series and each one becomes a new favorite gem I will always treasure. Brogan and Vera are wonderful. They each have hard pasts and heart breaking stories to tell. As always the urchins that enter their lives are enduring characters and steal the show. And the penny dreadfuls are entertaining and spooky. The elusive Mastiff makes another appearance in this charming adventure full of surprises and page turning perfection. I love this authors books and each book shows her amazing writing skills.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    This is book 3 in the Dread Penny Society and I really like how each character is getting their own story. The social and political atmosphere of London in the 1860s was really prominent in this one. Of course, the Penny Dreadful authors are always involved and invested in doing what they can for those less fortunate, especially children. Vera and Brogan begin with a friendship when he's hired to work at her father's print store, but because of his secret, the reader knows there will be a blow o This is book 3 in the Dread Penny Society and I really like how each character is getting their own story. The social and political atmosphere of London in the 1860s was really prominent in this one. Of course, the Penny Dreadful authors are always involved and invested in doing what they can for those less fortunate, especially children. Vera and Brogan begin with a friendship when he's hired to work at her father's print store, but because of his secret, the reader knows there will be a blow out sometime. I liked seeing characters from the other books and how they all help each other. As per usual of the series, the main story was flanked by penny dreadful stories that supplement the narrative. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Maybe 3.5 stars Brogan Donnelly has been summoned by the acting head of the Dread Penny Society – a secret group of “penny dreadful” authors in London who work together as vigilantes to combat crime and help the less fortunate. Brogan loves being a member but has struggled with the rule that he must keep his membership and activities secret, which means lying to his sister Moirin. When Brogan arrives at his meeting, he is shocked to learn that the Dread Master, the actual yet unknown leader of th Maybe 3.5 stars Brogan Donnelly has been summoned by the acting head of the Dread Penny Society – a secret group of “penny dreadful” authors in London who work together as vigilantes to combat crime and help the less fortunate. Brogan loves being a member but has struggled with the rule that he must keep his membership and activities secret, which means lying to his sister Moirin. When Brogan arrives at his meeting, he is shocked to learn that the Dread Master, the actual yet unknown leader of the group, was the one who summoned him. The Dread Master wants Brogan to take a mission, but it will require him to act alone and without the DPS’s help, furthermore, he will have to “resign” from the group. His mission is to learn what connection the Russian ambassador has to the group’s archenemy – The Mastiff and his henchman Four-Finger Mike and to an immigrant Russian printer in Soho. Brogan accepts the mission, but doesn’t feel up to the task and is unhappy about the lies he will have to tell his co-members. As luck would have it when Brogan goes to the printer’s shop, they are looking for help and he applies for the job, which will hopefully allow him to find out what the printer is up to and how it relates to the ambassador. Vera Sorokina runs The Sorokin Print Shop with her father. Although she was born in Russia, her family fled when she was young and England is the only home she has ever known. She runs the shop which not only does printing, but sells supplies and much to her father’s disgust – Penny Dreadful novels. Her father hates authors, he blames them for his banishment from Russia, a hatred that he has instilled in Vera. So when Brogan applies for the job, he gives a fake name – Ganor O’Donnell. Vera hires him and immediately feels a connection. Ganor and Vera become friends, they discuss the Penny Dreadfuls, politics, and life as immigrants – her feeling for him grow, how can then not when he buys her roast chestnuts, it kind to the urchins she “hires”, and when an extortion scheme comes into play, he supports her efforts to unite the other shop owners. Brogan is falling hard for Vera and hates the lies that stand between them, he needs to finish his mission and then hopefully find a way to reveal the truth to Vera without breaking the DPS rules and hope that she will forgive his deception. But when someone tells her who he really is, she is hurt and cuts their ties without revealing she has learned the truth. Although heartbroken, her decision to send him away actually leads to him finding the connection between her father and the ambassador that he was sent to find. He takes the evidence and leaves but is not ready to give up on a future with Vera. He just needs to solve this mystery and then find a way to win back the woman he loves… This was a very interesting story, it was actually three stories in one, as two “Penny Dreadful” novels are interspersed throughout the book. The writing was good, but I did find the addition of the other novels a bit distracting and their placement at times broke the “flow” of the actual story. Also, the book ends a bit abruptly and I would have liked a bit more closure, but I have to assume the things left hanging will be addressed in future installments. What I did like was the connection between Vera and Brogan, it was very well done and I truly felt and believed their love connection, the mysteries were also nicely executed and the author did a great job of tying everything together for a grand climax. For readers who prefer a “no-contact” romance – this book is for you, there is nothing beyond a kiss in this story and while I usually prefer a bit more steam, I didn’t feel the lack in this book. This is the third book in the series, but I hadn’t read the previous books and had no problems starting mid-series. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    This is the third book in the Dread Penny Society but it can be read by itself. These books have the main storyline and two penny dreadfuls interspersed as the story is told. I don’t know how Sarah M. Eden manages to do that but I love getting three stories in one book! Brogan Donnelly is a member of the Dread Penny Society, a secret society whose members help out those who can’t help themselves. He hates keeping secrets and telling half-truths to his sister Móirín which comes in handy when the This is the third book in the Dread Penny Society but it can be read by itself. These books have the main storyline and two penny dreadfuls interspersed as the story is told. I don’t know how Sarah M. Eden manages to do that but I love getting three stories in one book! Brogan Donnelly is a member of the Dread Penny Society, a secret society whose members help out those who can’t help themselves. He hates keeping secrets and telling half-truths to his sister Móirín which comes in handy when the Dread Master (I’m dying to know who it is) asked him to undertake a special assignment which would require Brogan to work alone. Brogan thinks of himself as more of a “foot soldier”, but accepts the assignment which is to find out more about a Russian print shop owner, Mr. Sorokin. Brogan gets a job helping around the shop and making deliveries, and discovers it’s Mr. Sorokin’s daughter Vera who pretty much runs the print shop. There’s so much to love about his book. The relationship between Brogan and his sister Móirín, Brogan’s sense of humor, Vera and her kindness to the street urchins she hires to help around the shop so they can earn money to buy penny dreadfuls, of course Vera and Brogan and how great they are together, the list goes on and on. I loved getting to learn more about Brogan and Móirín and their life before they came to London. I really liked the penny dreadfuls in the book, although one had me on the edge of my seat while reading it at night—there’s a reason I don’t watch scary movies. I’ve loved all the books in this series as the thread about the Mastiff and Four-Finger Mike runs through them all and it looks as if the DPS is getting closer to finding out who the Mastiff is!! If you'd like to read them in order the first book is The Lady and the Highwayman and the second is The Gentleman and the Thief. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Shadow Mountain, but also have a copy for my personal library. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    It's always a good day when a new Sarah Eden book hits the world. This new installment in The Dread Penny Society series is a good one and everything you have come to expect from this author. I would highly recommend reading this series in order. The characters are all interwoven and connecting and the overarching story is growing with each book. This story is gentle all the way around. Even in the midst of a climactic ending, the book still feels gentle. The story starts slowly, building with ea It's always a good day when a new Sarah Eden book hits the world. This new installment in The Dread Penny Society series is a good one and everything you have come to expect from this author. I would highly recommend reading this series in order. The characters are all interwoven and connecting and the overarching story is growing with each book. This story is gentle all the way around. Even in the midst of a climactic ending, the book still feels gentle. The story starts slowly, building with each chapter as we get to know Brogan and Vera better. Author Sarah Eden excels at writing believable characters that are well defined and purposeful. I can always root for them and that feels good. Brogan is a kind man and honestly? I think that might be a trait I am most attracted to. Kindness is underrated. Both Brogan and Vera are kind and strive to help those around them, actively. I adored them both. As per usual in this series, the story is actually two stories because the men who star in this series are authors! It's a fun concept and also a unique one. Content: mild peril, mild violence - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    Ah, the Dread Penny Society, I just don't know what to do with you. Your stories are always solidly three star books until the last third, when the romance and action pick up and I end the book liking you enough to pick up the next. I requested The Merchant and the Rogue after I read the first book in this series, which started slow but picked up at the end, assuming that the rest of the series would continue the delightfulness of the end of the first. Unfortunately, the Merchant and the Rogue wa Ah, the Dread Penny Society, I just don't know what to do with you. Your stories are always solidly three star books until the last third, when the romance and action pick up and I end the book liking you enough to pick up the next. I requested The Merchant and the Rogue after I read the first book in this series, which started slow but picked up at the end, assuming that the rest of the series would continue the delightfulness of the end of the first. Unfortunately, the Merchant and the Rogue was even rougher at the beginning than the others. I would read a couple of pages, put it down, and not pick it up again for a couple of days. Brogan was the thing that kept me reading. He was a wonderful hero, and my favorite so far in the series. I felt pretty neutral about Vera; I didn't dislike her, but she didn't charm me. What I really didn't like about this book was that there was no resolution in the mystery (just in the romance) and the penny dreadful stories. I just did not enjoy the penny dreadful stories in this one and they significantly slowed down the reader's progress in the plot. I regret that the author takes up so much of the space in the book with them. I get that it's cool to actually SHOW us the style of literature the story is talking about, but they're boring and I don't understand why we need two of them besides the main story. I maintain that these books have great potential. Will I continue reading the series? Probably, because I just finished one and always end up liking the books at the end. They're stories about good people doing good things with lovely little romances, so I don't have a problem recommending them. I read an ecopy ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Review to come.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Ssssssqqqqquuuuuueeeeeeeppppp! That's me squealing and eeping in a fangirling extravaganza of bookish glee because I LOVE this series soooooooo much! I was so eager for The Merchant and the Rogue's release that this was another audible preorder for me. Justine Eyre is the fantabulous narrator who brings an extra zip to an already unputdownable...er unable-to-stop-listening...read. She does all the voices so well -- from a dreamy Irish brogue to street urchin slang and everything in between. I've Ssssssqqqqquuuuuueeeeeeeppppp! That's me squealing and eeping in a fangirling extravaganza of bookish glee because I LOVE this series soooooooo much! I was so eager for The Merchant and the Rogue's release that this was another audible preorder for me. Justine Eyre is the fantabulous narrator who brings an extra zip to an already unputdownable...er unable-to-stop-listening...read. She does all the voices so well -- from a dreamy Irish brogue to street urchin slang and everything in between. I've been collecting this series on audible and will continue to because of Justine Eyre! But the book covers are so gorgeous I think I'll have to purchase back up print copies too. :-) This is the third book in Eden's Dread Penny Society series and, while I think it would read fine as a standalone, you'll get so much more out of the society and the Penny Dreadful aspects of the story if you read the books in order. Plus, they're brilliant fun so why wouldn't you want to read them all? :-) In case you go ahead and dive into the series via this one, here's the basics you need to know: 1) The Dread Penny Society is a group (a wonderful cross section of society) of Penny Dreadful authors who work 'undercover' to rescue London's downtrodden. They have nefarious enemies who will go to any lengths to ensure they don't succeed so cue the heart-tripping mood music and settle in for some intrigue and action. 2) Penny Dreadfuls were serialized stories told with atmospheric flare including mysteries and the paranormal and published in weekly installments. Each of the Dread Penny Society books include two Penny Dreadful tales along with the main story which makes it so much fun! Loved all the Irish references in this one. And, yay for a dashing Irish hero who thinks he's anything but dashing. Brogan considers himself as a foot soldier among a society of leaders and I love how he got his chance to shine in his very own story. The romance is sweet, slowly percolating in the background and just when you think it can't get more perfect...splat...that potential happily-ever-after takes a nose dive. Great romantical pacing with the perfect balance of highs and lows. Add some intrigue in the form of some truly despicable villains and the stand-up-and-cheer moment when they are defeated and, well, I'm just gobsmacked and blissfully happy. Even if the suspense isn't totally wrapped up in a neat little bow because that means more Dread Penny Society books in my future! Woohoo!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars “Heroes come in a lot of forms, Brogan. Be the one you are best suited to being.” This was such a fun read from beginning to end. Danger. Adventure. Intrigue. Mystery. Romance. The Merchant and the Rogue by Sarah M. Eden delivers each of these elements, along with dashes of grin-inducing humor, snippets of penny dreadfuls (interspersed with the ‘real’ story, though the parallels between them were not lost on this reader), snappy dialogue, and fantastic characters. Brogan and Vera have ne 4.5 stars “Heroes come in a lot of forms, Brogan. Be the one you are best suited to being.” This was such a fun read from beginning to end. Danger. Adventure. Intrigue. Mystery. Romance. The Merchant and the Rogue by Sarah M. Eden delivers each of these elements, along with dashes of grin-inducing humor, snippets of penny dreadfuls (interspersed with the ‘real’ story, though the parallels between them were not lost on this reader), snappy dialogue, and fantastic characters. Brogan and Vera have neither one had the easiest lives, making them a bit more rough around the edges than your typical romance protagonists. A stylistic choice, I might add, that I loved. Both characters intrigued me right away, and I quickly fell in love with each of them. Between Brogan’s Irish brogue and Vera’s South London vernacular (not to mention some American & Russian accents also in play), there is lots of great dialogue to sink into and smile at. In fact, from the first line – “If laughter truly were the best medicine, Brogan Donnelly would have been the healthiest Irishman in all of England.” – I was hooked on the author’s writing voice and remained fully captivated by the story that unfolded from there. I’ve read other books by this author and enjoyed them readily enough, but this one stands out above the rest. And while I haven’t read the first two books in this series, the author catches readers up in such a way as to keep us from feeling lost & without an info dump in sight. (I will be reading these first two novels post haste, I can assure you.) Brogan Donnelly might be the one who is a part of a secret group of ‘vigilante, do-good authors’ of penny dreadfuls, but Vera Sorokina is not someone to overlook. Neither is Brogan’s sister Moirin, whom I suspect is part of some intrigue of her own. Both ladies exhibited both great compassion and great courage, and I loved the balance of strength and vulnerability that Eden gave not only them but Brogan as well. Bottom Line: Smart writing, witty conversation, and several people who are more than what they seem add layers and heart to this engrossing tale, tying up just enough loose ends to satisfy readers but also insuring they will be eagerly waiting word of book 4. A great way to spend your weekend! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first reviewed at Reading Is My SuperPower

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    Sarah M. Eden is a favorite author and I tend to love everything she writes. This series has been a fun departure from her Regency era romances and I give her kudos for this creative series. This story was somewhat different for me as a reader. There are three stories in one in this book. The main story involves Brogan Donnelly, a less prominent member of the Dread Penny Society. He’s always been on the sidelines and views himself as a follower more than a leader, but he has a deep desire to hel Sarah M. Eden is a favorite author and I tend to love everything she writes. This series has been a fun departure from her Regency era romances and I give her kudos for this creative series. This story was somewhat different for me as a reader. There are three stories in one in this book. The main story involves Brogan Donnelly, a less prominent member of the Dread Penny Society. He’s always been on the sidelines and views himself as a follower more than a leader, but he has a deep desire to help the poor and wants to make a meaningful life for himself and his sister. The two other stories are Penny Dreadfuls written by the members of the Dread Penny Society. One called The Dead Zoo is written by the main character Brogan and the other story is The Merchant and the Rogue written by Mr. King, from which the book derives its title. The main story revolving around Brogan was my favorite of the three. This involved a beautiful Russian shopkeeper named Vera, Brogan’s feisty sister Moirin, some street savvy urchins, fellow members of the DPS, and the evil mastermind of the previous books, the Mastiff. Brogan obtains a job in Vera’s shop at the bequest of the Dread Master to find out more information about a supposed plot involving Vera’s father. At the same time, a group of thugs are terrorizing the merchants on Vera’s street. Are they connected? I enjoyed the romance between Vera and Brogan, but wanted a little more. Both characters are cautious and this made for a slow developing romance though they are both instantly attracted to one another. The two penny dreadful stories included were enjoyably gothic. The Dead Zoo is a creepy story about a museum full of taxidermy animals that have been mysteriously disappearing. There is no sign of burglary and the flummoxed museum keeper decides to hire an investigator of self described great intellect named Amos to find out what is happening to the dead animals. The Merchant and the Rogue is the story of Tallulah O’Doyle, a candy shop owner who moves to a new town and is threatened by a malevolent squire wearing a red cape and hat. She finds support in Royston Prescott, a charming haberdashery shop owner who has the reputation of a rogue. I liked The Merchant and the Rogue much more than The Dead Zoo. I felt like I connected more with the characters and found it a more compelling story. There is a main theme woven throughout each of the stories. It is basically that we are more powerful when we stand together. In each one, when the characters work together they are able to overcome the problems plaguing them. The Dead Zoo is the exception and more of a cautionary tale of relying too much on your own intellect. I enjoyed this latest book in the series. It could be read as a stand alone, but would be more meaningful if read as part of the series as there are reoccurring characters and situations. Having three stories in one was almost a little much. It felt like the main story needed more detail and the other stories were fun creepy tales, but not as compelling as the main story. All in all, it’s a creative gothic read that really captures the penny dreadfuls of the late 19th century. My rating for this book is 3 1/2 stars. I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    I have been anxiously awaiting Brogan’s story and it was as captivating as I thought it would be. Brogan has such a loud, but quiet personality. I love reading about complex characters especially when they are good to the core, and Brogan is good to the core. As always with this series, I love the paralleled penny dreadful installments. I feel like they bring an extra level of suspense to the original and story that makes the main story really shine! I would say there is a little less romance in I have been anxiously awaiting Brogan’s story and it was as captivating as I thought it would be. Brogan has such a loud, but quiet personality. I love reading about complex characters especially when they are good to the core, and Brogan is good to the core. As always with this series, I love the paralleled penny dreadful installments. I feel like they bring an extra level of suspense to the original and story that makes the main story really shine! I would say there is a little less romance in this than the others, but it fits with these characters personalities perfectly; and the swoony moments that come through are substantial! I’m thrilled to see what comes next with this series. I hope, hope, hope that we get Moirin’s story. I think her tale would be a story worth reading! The books in this series could all be stand alone, but I think you’ll get more enjoyment reading them in order through the series. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for the copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Merchant and the Rogue is book three of The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M Eden. Though this is my first book by Eden and the only book I have read in the series, I still enjoyed this book as a stand-alone. The main story revolves around Vera Sorokina who works in a book and print shop with her father, and Brogan Donnelly who is an Irish immigrant, a penny dreadful writer, and a vigilante fighting for the children in the streets of London. These characters are a delight to read with th The Merchant and the Rogue is book three of The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M Eden. Though this is my first book by Eden and the only book I have read in the series, I still enjoyed this book as a stand-alone. The main story revolves around Vera Sorokina who works in a book and print shop with her father, and Brogan Donnelly who is an Irish immigrant, a penny dreadful writer, and a vigilante fighting for the children in the streets of London. These characters are a delight to read with their banter, and a mini romance brewing. The addition of the mystery element of figuring out the terror affecting the merchants was a wonderful addition to the story. I really enjoyed the writing and the main characters with depth and history - I especially enjoyed reading about a strong female character, who was an immigrant from Russia that is set during a time when the class system viewed foreigners as inferiors. Overall I was so pleased to finally read a wonderful historical fiction in the Penny dreadful series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a charming story, the third in The Dread Penny Society Series.  This story is about Vera, a print shop owner's daughter who helps run the shop. And Brogan a penny dreadful writer. Though Vera mistrusts writers and he does not let her know who he is at first. They are drawn to eachother.  It seemed a bit gothic and mysterious. It sets up for the next in the series as the society is after a villain called the Mastiff who keeps doing all sorts of dastardly deeds. I enjoyed the Penny Dreadful This was a charming story, the third in The Dread Penny Society Series.  This story is about Vera, a print shop owner's daughter who helps run the shop. And Brogan a penny dreadful writer. Though Vera mistrusts writers and he does not let her know who he is at first. They are drawn to eachother.  It seemed a bit gothic and mysterious. It sets up for the next in the series as the society is after a villain called the Mastiff who keeps doing all sorts of dastardly deeds. I enjoyed the Penny Dreadful that was mixed into this story. It was a story within a story about Tallulah and Royston with their Haberdashery and Confectionery shops. I do enjoy going to both those types of shoppes. Theres had a bit of magical realism and it paralleled what was happening in the other story in a way. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thank you shadowmountainpub and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    ***4.5 stars*** Sarah M. Eden has crafted another winning book. It is so much fun to read. The authors of the Penny Dreadfuls are still out saving others. This time it is Brogan with his own story. He shares it with Vera, her father owns a publishing shop and she runs it while he runs the printing press. Vera is in her own right amazing. She takes the street children under her wing by giving them odd jobs to do around the shop and help provide them a way to purchase their very own installments of ***4.5 stars*** Sarah M. Eden has crafted another winning book. It is so much fun to read. The authors of the Penny Dreadfuls are still out saving others. This time it is Brogan with his own story. He shares it with Vera, her father owns a publishing shop and she runs it while he runs the printing press. Vera is in her own right amazing. She takes the street children under her wing by giving them odd jobs to do around the shop and help provide them a way to purchase their very own installments of the penny dreadful publications. She does this although the shop is struggling. This is where Brogan comes on the scene. He is under assignment for the Dread Master and is investigating on his own. Fortunately, this brings him in contact with Vera. Their effortless banter and work ethic make them mighty main characters. They both like to help unfortunate children. There is a villain on the scene who is threatening the livelihood of the community. He uses extortion and threats to cause mayhem. Together Brogan and Vera work to bring down the villain and save the businesses in the district. They have help from family and friends. It reminds me that people can make a difference when they unite in a common cause. The insert of the Penny Dreadful stories is wonderful. The stories go right along with the book. It adds another dimension to the story and is a nice interlude from the main story. This is the third installment of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. I would highly recommend all of the books. They are well written and fun to read. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. P.S. I also purchased a copy for my personal library.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Keats

    This was my first read by Sarah M. Eden, and it was delightful! I loved the sweet, gentle romance between Brogan and Vera. I thought the structure of the book was very interesting, with the penny dreadful stories interspersed with the main storyline. There was a good mystery, intrigue and action, with a satisfying ending, though not entirely wrapped up. It does set up the next book in the series to continue this overarching mystery. I didn't read the first two of this series, and I do think you This was my first read by Sarah M. Eden, and it was delightful! I loved the sweet, gentle romance between Brogan and Vera. I thought the structure of the book was very interesting, with the penny dreadful stories interspersed with the main storyline. There was a good mystery, intrigue and action, with a satisfying ending, though not entirely wrapped up. It does set up the next book in the series to continue this overarching mystery. I didn't read the first two of this series, and I do think you would get a fuller story of the side characters and the secret society that is at the heart of the story. That said, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma Blando

    3.5/5 Honestly the story was cute (nothing out of the ordinary for a period piece/historical fiction) and fun to read, but it was confusing solely becasue of the writing. Like I knowwwww it’s accurate to the time period but STILL!!!! I was confused. BUT if you like period pieces then I recommend this for a fun read!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    3.75 stars. Good story! Better review to come. I’m too tired 😂 I love Sarah Edens books, I think I just prefer her regency romances better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen Adair

    Be still my heart, what a phenomenal story!!! I love all of Sarah Eden's Characters and Vera and Ganor are no different. Such wonderful souls, despite the secrets they are keeping from one another. Especially the one surrounding Vera’s father and his aversion to writers and publishing, despite owning a print shop. The solutions to their problems didn’t come easily and I was literally gripping the book in longing to jump through the pages to help them and their struggle for justice. So awesome!!! Be still my heart, what a phenomenal story!!! I love all of Sarah Eden's Characters and Vera and Ganor are no different. Such wonderful souls, despite the secrets they are keeping from one another. Especially the one surrounding Vera’s father and his aversion to writers and publishing, despite owning a print shop. The solutions to their problems didn’t come easily and I was literally gripping the book in longing to jump through the pages to help them and their struggle for justice. So awesome!!! I also loved how the author addressed so many cultures and historical elements in one story! Four, actually, if you count the penny dreadfuls woven throughout. I absolutely loved the interspersed tales that paralleled the main story, allowing me to stay grounded in the "real world" while offering something fantastical on the side. Already looking forward to the next book the author will write in hopes of seeing more of these characters!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marinda

    The Merchant and the Rogue, the third book in Sarah M. Eden's Dread Penny Society series, has a lot to offer when it comes to intriguing characters, Victorian culture, Irish folklore, and London street smarts. Although I found the story very compelling, it took me a while to get into and I found myself taking a lot of pauses. The addition of two dread penny serials was a little much and seemed to interrupt the story instead of adding to it. The romance between Brogan and Vera fell flat. I had ho The Merchant and the Rogue, the third book in Sarah M. Eden's Dread Penny Society series, has a lot to offer when it comes to intriguing characters, Victorian culture, Irish folklore, and London street smarts. Although I found the story very compelling, it took me a while to get into and I found myself taking a lot of pauses. The addition of two dread penny serials was a little much and seemed to interrupt the story instead of adding to it. The romance between Brogan and Vera fell flat. I had hoped for more, especially from two very lovable characters. Although this particular book left me disappointed, I think it is a mark of Eden's talent that she can create worlds and characters that feel so real. I will keep reading and looking forward to her books!

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