Myfanwy Thomas must broker a merger between her group, the Chequy, a British organization that combats supernatural menaces, and their foes the Grafters, formerly known as the Broederschap. Appearing or mentioned are a student from the University of Ingolstadt who created a monster, Noble’s Island, Yalding Towers, Ryhope Wood, the Deptford Power Station, Kirrin Island, Podsnap’s Technique, a drunk individual muttering about a beekeeper and the dynamics of rocks in space, Walmington-on-Sea, and Brünnhilde Trant-Erskine-Brown.
Novel by Daniel O’Malley, Little, Brown and Company, 2016. The University of Ingolstadt student is Victor Frankenstein. O’Malley’s account of Victor and his monster’s deaths is inconsistent with Shelley’s novel, not to mention the monster’s many later appearances in the CU, but with the passing of a couple of centuries, it’s not impossible some information got garbled. Noble’s Island is the titular setting of H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau. Yalding Towers is from Edith Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle. Ryhope Wood is from the Mythago Wood series by Robert Holdstock. The Deptford Power Station is from the Deptford Mice series by Robin Jarvis. Kirrin Island is from the Famous Five novels by Enid Blyton. Podsnap’s Technique is from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, making that novel a possible future for the CU. The drunk individual muttering about a beekeeper and the dynamics of rocks in space is Professor Moriarty. Walmington-on-Sea is from the British sitcom Dad’s Army. Brünnhilde Trant-Erskine-Brown must be the third child of Claude Erskine-Brown and his wife, the former Phyllida Trant, both QCs themselves, from the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. Claude is a Wagner fan, and his and Phyllida’s two children in the show are named Tristan and Isolde.