Reviews tagged "regency"

 

The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

I really wanted to like this book: it’s a Regency-era fantasy (Corsets! Advantageous matches! Industrialization! Magic!) with Romantic poets in it. Not only does it have Lord Byron (who seems to be especially beloved of SF authors everywhere for some reason), but it also has William Blake, who really is an even better SF fit […]

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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Becket

A fun idea gets a mediocre treatment in this fantasy-adventure-meets-19th-century-manners novel. The author sets his story — involving several central characters trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys so that the bad guys can’t destroy the world — in a milieu which, he hopes, invokes the England of Austen and Bronte. Ivy, […]

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Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

It’s 1817 in an England where one can attend investitures at the Royal College of Wizards. Kate, a young lady of not terribly rich family, is going to London for her first Season, while her cousin Cecy has to remain in the country. Almost immediately Kate is nearly killed when she stumbles into a trap […]

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The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

In this sequel to Sorcery and Cecelia, Kate and Cecy are headed off to the Continent for a honeymoon with their husbands Thomas and James. They have barely started, however, when a mysterious woman hands Kate a vial of the long-lost magical chrism that can anoint a man true king of France. Soon the four […]

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His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

It is the year 1805. The Napoleonic Wars are waging, and under the command of Captain Will Laurence, HMS Reliant has just captured a French frigate carrying a dragon egg. Laurence’s life is changed forever when the dragon hatches and immediately bonds with him. Since dragons are necessary to England’s defence, and since they cannot […]

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