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The Mislaid Magician: Or, Ten Years After (The Cecelia and Kate Novels Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Print length : 340 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (May 22, 2012)
- Publication date : May 22, 2012
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007ZI01ZY
- File size : 6225 KB
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #168,253 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would love to read more magical adventures of the next generation! They can surely be of service to their Queen as the 19th century proceeds.
Kate's sister Georgy, now a duchess, their aunts Elizabeth and Charlotte and Cecy's magical tutor from the first book all become involved, as do a brother and sister pair of what Aunt Charlotte refers to as "encroaching mushrooms" (nouveau riche) who have inherited a somewhat sinister tower from a great uncle. All is eventually made clear, and the good are suitably rewarded, the bad suitably punished.
The story is told in letters - the majority between Cecy and Kate as in the first book, but James and Thomas catch the correspondence bug as well with Thomas looking up references .and people for James. I think the authors overstepped themselves somewhat in the number of plot threads they were balancing (and tangling) and one, at least, pushed the suspension of disbelief a little too far for this reader. I also found the repetition of the authors' family photo albums in all three books pointless and annoying.
The Duke of Wellington, now the Prime Minister, has charged James (who was, as you may remember, 'Old Hookey's' ADC during the fuss with Napoleon) with a delicate mission in the north. It seems a Prussian railway surveyor/magician, one Herr Magus Franz Wilhelm Schellen, has managed to go missing while surveying railway lines in the countryside around Leeds. As his disappearance occurred some six months ago, the Prussians are becoming quite shirty about it. The Duke would like James and Cecy to make some discreet inquiries into the matter. Of course they must go, but it is equally plain that they cannot take four small children with them. The solutions is for James and Cecy to send their brood to Thomas and Kate.
While Cecy and James are gadding about the north searching for their missing Prussian and investigating a tangle of magical ley lines and railway politics, Kate and Thomas are having a few adventures of their own. Kate's spoiled younger sister Georgina, now Her Grace, the Duchess of Waltham, has shown up and made herself at home - with no explanation given for separating from her husband or the even more unbelievable fact that she is missing the London Season to rusticate at Skeynes with Kate and Thomas. With six children in the nursery (at least two of whom are beginning to show a precocious talent for magic) and Georgy moping about the place, Kate and Thomas have their hands full. When an unknown villain makes off with their eldest son, the couple rescues him and a young girl - the stoic and dignified Drina, who refuses to say a single word about where she was abducted from or why. Then there's the matter of a very strong magician poking at the magical wards around Skeynes and attempting to find a way into the Schofield home. It's enough to make one wonder what in the world is going on in the Realm!
I am a huge fan of this historical/fantasy/mystery trilogy by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. Like the novel that originally introduced readers to Kate and Cecy (Sorcery and Cecelia), The Mislaid Magician is composed entirely of letters. Now, however, we also get to hear from Thomas and James, as well as Kate and Cecy. All three of these novels (the second was The Grand Tour) are utterly charming with sweet, funny, feisty characters and fascinating mystery plots. The Regency details, especially the manners and mannerisms, contribute a goof deal to the overall stories, as does the wonderful, witty writing of the two authors.
Top reviews from other countries
I couldn't put the book down and it was a lot of fun to meet all the characters again.
I think it was better than the Grand Tour (which was also good if a bit soppy at times). I will always think of Sorcery and Celia as the best but this book is a very close second.