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- Print Length: 412 pages
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- Publisher: Goldport Press (April 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JHNZXZS
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I'm a long-time fan of Georgette Heyer, so I particularly enjoyed a minor character, the dandified but efficient Mr. Blythe, who I took to be a most excellent homage to Heyer. More of him, too, please. I hope.
I eagerly await the sequel.
I am hoping that I've found another steady author. I am a strong reader and constantly seem to run out of stories to read.
This is a book that shows that said author is, as PG Wodehouse would have said, "in mid-season form". We have a fascinating world to build on, interesting and likeable characters, and enough plot twists and turns to keep us reading until the small hours. And then re-reading the next day to make sure we didn't miss something. There may be a message in there too, but it is well disguised so you don't notice it going down.
The main setting is a magical alternate Regency/Victorian Britain although there are other worlds that can be reached by magic in various other states of development (and there's also fairyland which is more of a fantasy). It is an interesting setting, not least because the novel shows some of the underside of such a world. It doesn't go all Dickensian horrors, but it also doesn't avoid the nastier bits of a slightly industrialized land and the grind it takes to be a servant in such a time. In other words despite being a fantasy it is also historically realistic which is a real pleasure. It also shows, again historically realistic, that being a toff in such a world is not necessarily a life of leisure. If one is not to be ostracized from society one has duties and obligations that may not be shirked and these may end up being a real straightjacket that severely limits the options.
Without giving away any spoilers it is hard to say much more, particularly about the romance, but I am happy to say that although this is the first book in a series, it is also a stand alone and ends entirely satisfactorily with the bad guys vanquished and the good apparently about to live happily every after.
For some reason as I was reading this book, that came to mind. It's not that the book is a mess, far from it. It's tightly plotted, the action is almost continuous, with enough let-down and talk moments to give you a breath, even if the characters never get a break. No, this book is a beautiful mixture. Regency romance, fantasy, modern Earth, dragons, dryads, fairyland, the nature of magic… it's all in here. Assassination plots, kidnapping, more kidnapping, and in the middle of it, a prosaic Earthwoman. It should work… but it does.
I can't tell you how many times I have picked up a time-travel romance book over the years, to put it back down in disgust as my suspension of disbelief was mauled beyond endurance. I eventually stopped reading them. Sarah Hoyt touches on this in Witchfinder, with accuracy and humor, and her solutions are pragmatic without losing the charming romance. The ending was perfect.
The weaving of the worlds, the explanation of magic, where it came from, and why some worlds lack it, that alone is worth reading this for. You will rarely find such a well-developed system for magic, nor one so believable. Magic has consequences, and a price, and not only to an individual, but to a society.
All in all, I am looking forward to re-reading this one. And I am hoping for a sequel, or at least a related book.
Action, adventure, plot twists and fun, magical characters! Has it all.
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