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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent | Galen Beckett
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In this enchanting debut novel, Galen Beckett weaves a dazzling spell of adventure and suspense, evoking a world of high magick and genteel societya world where one young woman discovers that her modest life is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined. Of the three Lockwell sistersromantic Lily, prophetic Rose, and studious Ivyall agree that its the eldest, the book-loving Ivy, who has held the family together ever since their fathers retreat into his silent vigil in the library upstairs. Everyone blames Mr. Lockwells malady on his magickal studies, but Ivy alone still believesboth in magic and in its power to bring her father back. But there are others in the world who believe in magick as well. Over the years, Ivy has glimpsed themthe strangers in black topcoats and hats who appear at the door, strangers of whom their mother will never speak. Ivy once thought them secret benefactors, but now shes not so certain. After tragedy strikes, Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent in a desperate effort to preserve her family. Its only then that she discovers the fate she shares with a jaded young nobleman named Dashton Rafferdy, his ambitious friend Eldyn Garritt, and a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania. For there is far more to Altania than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether the world faces a new dawnor an everlasting night. . . . From the Hardcover edition.
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emtobiasz
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A pick, with reservations. I was in the mood for a historical fantasy, so I enjoyed the Georgian/Regency-ish world set up here, as well as the fantasy elements of constantly-shifting lengths of days and nights. The literary allusions to other works, though, were a little too on-the-nose references that (along with the book‘s title) kept any plot points from being real surprises. I didn‘t need multiple POV characters, especially when one never...⬇️

emtobiasz ... redeemed himself in my eyes. All that said, I enjoyed this while I was reading it and read it very quickly. I‘m not sure if I‘ll pick up the sequels, though. 4mo
iread2much I felt the same way. I had such hopes for this series, but never read any of the other books 4mo
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emtobiasz
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Hmm. This fantasy book just shifted from Jane Austen parlor drama to Jane Eyre gothic. I‘m intrigued but not totally sold yet... #currentlyreading #libby

iread2much When I was reading it, I found those super drastic shifts really irritating 😅 hopefully you enjoy them 4mo
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SW-T
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#manicmonday #letterm @JoScho

Magicians and Mrs. Quent, The
Elizabeth Moon
Midsomer Murders
Mangoes

JoScho 💙😊💙 13mo
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Bookrarian
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I know nothing about this book! Picked it up entirely based on back text & good author blurbs. Here's hoping it's as fun as it sounded.

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Witchy_Book_Dragon
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Loved this series! Such an interesting take on witches and it's set in a different world to boot!

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Tikabelle
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were a few weird "women's place" moments that I didn't care for, but overall it was clever, interesting, and just the amount of creepy this Special Snowflake can handle. Plus, I had to count the 19th c. references on 2 hands. I've got the next one downloading.

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Tikabelle
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Tikabelle

WE HAVE A WOMAN IN WHITE. This is not a drill. #WilkieCollins4Eva

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Tikabelle

I will give Mr. Beckett seventeen internet points if the first love interest doesn't end up marrying Ivy. Defy the tropes and expectations of your readers, sir!

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Tikabelle
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This book is BONKERS. 1/2 done and there have been twisted full-scene references to Austen, Bronte, Burnett, Thackeray... We're now in the capital-C Countryside complete with haunted woods and ghosts and a mysterious benefactor - OR IS HE. Please let there be more of these, equally bizarre.

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Tikabelle
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Not entirely happy about the weird tones of "of course women are inferior" here. It's been highlighted a couple of times and I seriously hope there is an element of sarcasm to it. But I doubt it. Hmm.

tkmadden ew, no. 4y
Tikabelle @tkmadden It's highly disappointing and unnecessary. We all know that the Regency was less enlightened about women's rights. Highlighting it like this just makes the author look like a misogynistic tool. 4y
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Tikabelle

I am like 7 pages in but I dig this so far. Magic! Regency times in a distant land! A girl who gets weird looks for walking with her nose in a book! I believe you I have found my sweet spot, Mr. Beckett.