The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

Book - 2008
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In this enchanting debut novel, Galen Beckett weaves a dazzling spell of adventure and suspense, evoking a world of high magick and genteel society--a world where one young woman discovers that her modest life is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined. Of the three Lockwell sisters--romantic Lily, prophetic Rose, and studious Ivy--all agree that it's the eldest, the book-loving Ivy, who has held the family together ever since their father's retreat into his silent vigil in the library upstairs. Everyone blames Mr. Lockwell's malady on his magickal studies, but Ivy alone still believes--both in magic and in its power to bring her father back. But thereareothers in the world who believe in magick as well. Over the years, Ivy has glimpsed them--the strangers in black topcoats and hats who appear at the door, strangers of whom their mother will never speak. Ivy once thought them secret benefactors, but now she's not so certain. After tragedy strikes, Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent in a desperate effort to preserve her family. It's only then that she discovers the fate she shares with a jaded young nobleman named Dashton Rafferdy, his ambitious friend Eldyn Garritt, and a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania. For there is far more to Altania than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether the world faces a new dawn--or an everlasting night. . . . From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780553589825
Branch Call Number: FANTASY BECKETT
Characteristics: 498 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jane Austen meets Daphne Du Maurier meets Charlotte Bronte in this Regency era novel. In a world where magic can only be used by the males of society, Ivy Lockwell takes a position as a governess while she attempts to find a cure for a magical malady that ails her father. Although it starts out... Read More »

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Mar 06, 2015

As some of the reviewers have noted the book is a mixture of fantasy and the world of Jane Austin or one of the Bronte sisters. For that reason do not expect anything to happen quickly. The book crawls through the first hundred or so pages with nothing really seeming to happen other than the introduction of the numerous characters and the Victorianesque world imagined by the author. However, if the reader has the patience to get that far the book eventually picks up speed with a number of surprising revelations. Several of the characters are revealed to be much more than they seem and several others undergo important personality changes. Having read a good deal of 19th century fiction the slow pace did not put me off and it was worth waiting until the plot had a chance to pick up speed. It is helped that the novel it set in a world of magic and apparently on a planet that orbits more than one sun, making for interesting changes in the lengths or day and night.

Sep 25, 2012

This was a pretty good book, thought the first couple of paragraphs were a complete rip-off of Pride and Prejudice. Some of the beginning part story line is defiantly not original, but I really enjoyed it anyways. It's kind of a mix between a Jane Austen novel and fantasy. The main character, Ivy is someone I really liked and related too. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes period novels or fantasy.

Jul 31, 2011

Enjoyable and interesting. Even thought the title is a bit of a giveaway, there is much in the book itself that twists and turns. You are never sure if some sad event isn't just a page away. Suspenseful and not too quick to give away the plot.
Looking forward to the second book.

Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Jul, 02, 2009

kim_biblio Jan 16, 2010

This book was tons of fun. Part Jane Eyre, part Sense and Sensibility, part The Turning of the Screw, part soft core fantasy, all fabulous. The world created is fabulous, with bustling cities, superstitious little villages, feral woods older than time, magicians who can lock and unlock dangerous puzzles, illusionist who run theaters of ill repute, and to top it all off, the days are not always the same length. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, the rhythm of the book is rushed or slowed as the days go by. I really enjoyed the device, which made for extra spooky bits and a world where taking a nap and then having a second supper is okay.

My only complaint is that the title totally gives away that she is marrying Mr Quent and not the dashing young man from the beginning of the novel. Oh well. I am ridiculously looking forward to the next one, which is still unannounced as far as I know.


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