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So Good a Fantasy I Didn't Notice It was A Romance Until After
on May 28, 2015
I don't remember which book of Patricia Wrede's I first found, but I own and love all of them that I've ever seen. I think I first read Sorcery and Cecelia in 1988. Nowadays, I read the three books of this series plus Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward (currently published together as A Matter of Magic) every year. I can't normally read a romance, but this is so good I didn't notice it was a romance until after I'd finished reading it. I love fantasy, and Wrede's fantasies, including her collaborations with Caroline Stevermer, are all wonderful. They carry my highest recommendation. Written as a series of letters between two young ladies old enough to make their societal debut, one of whom is coming out in London and one of which must stay at the home in the country where she grew up, Kate and Celia are going to make their way through society, and Society had better watch out (especially after the incident with the goat! (the authors eventually give us the highlights, but not the details of the incident)). Magic and training in magic (or the lack thereof), plays an important and delightful role in the novels.
In short, I've loved everything of Wrede's I've encountered. Sorcery and Cecelia in particular.