Dread Penny Society: Book 3
by Sarah M. Eden
The Merchant and the Rogue is the third book in the Dread Penny Society series by USA Today best-selling author Sarah M. Eden. With unique flair, Eden weaves a Victorian romance between a Russian print shop owner and an Irish writer, both struggling to build fulfilling lives in London. Eden deftly inserts several penny dreadfuls into the story, serialized stories sold in the print shop to keep the business afloat.
Reading these serials is printer Vera Sorokina’s secret obsession, for she was raised to distrust writers and artists. Brogan Donnelly is thrilled to see children buying his stories in the Russian printer’s shop, but wisely uses a false name when applying for the shop’s help wanted position. He later learns that Vera’s father despised writers and they “have decades of reasons to keep [their] distance from the literary set.” Vera give’s him a chance, and Brogan charms her effortlessly.
The Merchant and the Rogue is essentially three stories in one, all twined together beautifully. Each story is engaging, and interspersing them this way gives the novel depth and character. It is a delightful read, and I’ve already checked out the first two books from my local library and pre-ordered The Merchant and the Rogue for my collection.
The Merchant and the Rogue book design credit: Shadow Mountain.
The Merchant and the Rogue art direction credit: Richard Erickson.
The Merchant and the Rogue design credit: Heather G. Ward
I also purchased a copy for my collection.