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    Patricia C. Wrede(Author) Caroline Stevermer(Author)

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Kate and Cecelia, two cousins living in an alternate Regency England where ma is real, encounter wizards, sorcerers, and mysterious plots. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • By Helen Hancox on 31 January 2007

    This book is a series of letters between Cecelia (Cecy) and her friend and cousin Kate. Kate is in London for her season but Cecy is still at home in Essex. They both stumble into a plot involving an evil wizards Miranda and Sir Hilary and find themselves helping different young men to thwart their schemes. Kate in London ends up in a fake betrothal to a Marquis and Cecy in Essex finds herself helping James Tarleton who is assisting the Marquis.It's a fun read as the plot unfolds and the magical abilities of Cecy and Kate become apparent. However written as it was, without either author having decided on an overall plot, does sometimes show through. In a way it's two separate stories with some interweaving but each would work pretty well on its own. Regency detail is there although better editing would have been appreciated - as with most American-authored Regencies, our characters lapse into occasional American word forms ("gotten", "fall" for autumn, "write me" for "write to me", "in back" for "at the back" or "behind you" etc). This always annoys me but the otherwise charming nature of the book meant it wasn't too distracting.In short this is an enjoyable read but it's not anything too special.

  • By Andrew J. Codling on 11 July 2014

    I love this book.Originally this was written by two authors each writing letters on behalf of one of the characters, one in London doing her season and the other back home in the country, it was then 'tidied up' so that it made a better book.Magic, evil, heroism, despair, goats in bedrooms this book has it all and maybe because it was written a few years ago no elves, no vampires and no sex (I'm not anti sex, but reading about it in YA books where it seems the author has never even been french kissed really annoys me).The story is light and fluffy but the characterisations are wonderful.Now if only the further books in the series weren't so dashed expensive

  • By M. Atkinson on 20 June 2008

    I positively adored this book. It reads rather like Jane Austen via Diana Wynne Jones, with two spirited heroines who stumble across the evil plots of two magicians, entirely by accident. Cecily writes from the country as she tries to foil the doings of Sir Hilary and his erstwhile accomplice, while Kate writes from her first Season in London where she struggles to help the "Mysterious Marquis" in the same pursuit and often contrary to the Marquis' wishes. Both girls must also hide their exploits from aunts of varying nosiness. Entertaining and original.

  • By L O'connor on 19 June 2003

    This is a wonderfully entertaining Regency romp, like GeorgetteHeyer with added magic. A nineteenth century like the real one, but with magic a part of everyday life. Ingeneous plot, livelyinteresting characters and amusing situations make the book apleasure to read. Not a single dull passage in the book.

  • By Stephen Tavener on 16 June 2004

    When I finished reading this book, I started again from the beginning; it really was that good.This is a fantasy romp set in an alternative Victorian England.The writers wrote the book as a series of letters, with neither writer knowing where the other was heading, so the story unfolds for the reader in the same way as it unfolded for the writers. It's not so much that the book is full of twists, but the usual plot imperatives are missing, so there's a sense of the unknown here that is missing from most other books.Added to that, the prose is simple and flowing, the characters are lovable - or detestable - as required, and there's a sense of fun running all the way through.Ok, I'm out of words now... time to press "send".

  • By reader on 10 July 2010

    It was fun to read- it combines the Austen-esque focus on personal communications with the alternate reality of a magical England I had only seen previously in _Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell_ but I'm sure there's a whole genre out there I'm missing. I sent this to sister for her birthday, right after I read it. Last year, it was _Pride and Prejudice and Zombies_.

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