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"That most rare and precious thing: a brand-new classic, both wholly original and wonderfully nostalgic." —Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author
In the early 1900s, a young woman is caught between two worlds in H. G. Parry's spellbinding tale of miracles, magic, and the adventure of a lifetime.
One night, Rowan fails to return from his mysterious travels. To find him, Biddy must venture into the outside world for the first time. But Rowan has powerful enemies—forces who have hoarded the world’s magic and have set their sights on the magician’s many secrets.
Biddy may be the key to stopping them. Yet the closer she gets to answers, the more she questions everything she’s ever believed about Rowan, her past, and the nature of magic itself.
Praise for The Magician's Daughter
"Brilliantly imagined. Parry blends mythic elements with wit and heart." —Lucy Holland
“A charming romp of an old-school coming of age fantasy about family and magic that will take your heart for a wild ride." ―NPR
For more from H. G. Parry, check out:
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
The Shadow Histories
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
A Radical Act of Free Magic
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"[D]elightful and whimsical...Another gem of a novel from a talented writer."
"Brilliantly-imagined. I love the way Parry blends mythic elements with wit and heart. A fast pace, period detail and an intriguing cast of real, flawed people make The Magician's Daughter a book to be absolutely devoured."―Lucy Holland, author of Sistersong
"The Magician's Daughter is innovative fairy tale and deftly researched historical fiction in one, full of captivating magic and richly drawn characters. HG Parry crafts an evocative world rife with a struggle for equity, justice, and the occasional miracle that readers won't be able to forget."―Rowenna Miller, author of Torn
"A compelling journey into a world of fading myth and mystery, evoking the magic of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by way of The Dark is Rising. The old magic runs deep in H. G. Parry's veins. The Magician's Daughter is a true delight."―Cameron Johnston, author of The Maleficent Seven
"Draws you in and makes you believe that magic does exist. Animal familiars, an island that only appears on certain days, and a young heroine who learns the depths of her strength. I absolutely adored it!"―Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
"The Magician's Daughter casts a spell with its warm and subtle prose. Parry has created an enchantment of a novel―a coming-of-age story teeming with magic, with characters striving to change an unjust world―this is a book to be savoured."―E. J. Beaton, author of The Councillor
"[F]illed with heartbreak and wonder. Highly recommended for fans of heroine's journeys, steampunk alternate worlds, and stories about what happens after the magic goes away." ―Library Journal
"Parry continues her hot streak of well-researched historical fantasy with this mix of bildungsroman and love letter to the 19th-century English canon...The magic system—which posits magic as a nonrenewable resource—works wonderfully as a metaphor for capitalism after 19th-century industrialization. Parry’s fans will not be disappointed."―Publishers Weekly
"Parry has written another winning fantasy novel full of adventure, found family, and magic. This is a fully realized world that feels like a homage to the classic fantasy tales of Diana Wynne Jones...For readers who love a great fantasy adventure."―Booklist
"Beautifully crafted...Even devotees of fantasy’s darker corners will take solace in The Magician’s Daughter, a little paean to storybook endings and happily ever afters."―BookPage
"The Magician’s Daughter is a delightful little fantasy that pulls at all the right heartstrings...For those who fondly remember the works of Frances Hodgson Burnett or Lewis Carroll, this novel will definitely be your (bread, butter and) jam."
―Wall Street Journal
"The Magician’s Daughter is a splendid piece of writing...If you’re looking for something to recapture some magic in your life, something that touches the bit inside all of us that dreams impossible dreams, then I can’t recommend this book enough."―Lightspeed
"A charming romp of an old-school coming of age fantasy about family and magic that will take your heart for a wild ride."―NPR
"A gorgeously atmospheric coming-of-age novel that's interested in power and marginalization... The Magician's Daughter is a triumph of skill and technique. It gets sense of place brilliantly. It interleaves the numinous and the quotidian delightfully. Its imagery is really striking. Biddy is a compelling character, sheltered but not naive. Her story is a journey of discovery, a coming-of-age into a wider world that leaps off the page in vivid, heart-rending detail. The novel's treatment of a parent-child relationship and the child's discovery that parents can be terribly flawed and fail and yet both still love you and be worthy of love is replete with generosity and emotional truth."
―Locus --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0B38SS6P1
- Publisher : Redhook (February 28, 2023)
- Publication date : February 28, 2023
- Language : English
- File size : 2564 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 401 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0316383708
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,993 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #66 in Historical Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #76 in Coming of Age Fantasy eBooks
- #124 in Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2023
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Devoured this book in one sitting, it gripped and did not let go. I was fully immersed (there were tears at times) and the characters are wholly believable.
My first read from H.G. Parry, this book started off really well for me, the mysterious, and secluded island setting of Hy-Brasil drawing me in straight away. The camaraderie between Biddy, Rowan and Hutch was clear to see, the main characters well introduced, and the tone was cosy and gentle, but with an air of mystery and secrecy and questions to be pondered. The magical system was also interesting and I was eager to discover more about this world.
Whilst I did still enjoy this book overall, I don't think the rest of the story quite lived up to the promising start. Once Biddy is in London, the pace slows down rather. I did quite enjoy the parts in Whitechapel at the orphanage, which is Biddy's first real experience of the outside world, and she is taken aback at the poverty and destitution in front of her. I thought this section of the story had a bit of a Dickens type feel to it. Then she gets taken by the Council, and this is where I thought the execution could have been better.
Certainly there were parts that I thought were still done well. I liked that many of the characters appear ambiguous, and it is hard to know who to trust, such as Morgaine for example. Even, Storm, who does horrible things, is also able to elicit some sympathy at the same time, due to what has happened to him, and in turn, characters we and Biddy thought could be trusted completely, such as Rowan, are presented in a new light that raises doubts and questions about them. The overall premise too, about how magic is fading from the world, and the reasons and responses to this, was also engaging.
My main issue was that at times the story was presented in too convoluted a way, and did at times feel rather repetitive. Also, whilst I could understand that it must have been difficult for Biddy to suddenly have doubts raised in her mind about Rowan, she did start to come across as rather whiny, and self-absorbed the moment her longed for adventure actually started, and really didn't show much faith in Rowan, who had raised her for all those years after all. As the story was mostly told from her perspective, the fact that she seemed so irritated by everything, did start to grate on the nerves rather, and lent the book a rather YA feel.
There was also rather too much exposition at times, and whilst I did think that characters like Morgaine and Storm were interesting, it did sometimes feel that we were being given a lot of inconsequential information about their past in rather large chunks, that for me at least, interrupted the flow of the story, and the longer the book went on, the more drawn out it began to feel.
As such, whilst there were elements I really liked, the book didn't turn out to be quite what I had hoped it would from the early chapters, and had the potential to be a lot better.