The Dream Thieves – How to Raise the Stakes in a Series!

Book Review : The Dream Thieves
The Raven Cycle

By Maggie Stiefvater

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Summary

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

(Courtesy of goodreads.com)

Adult Point of View

The second book in a series must raise the stakes, create hyper-tension, to keep the reader engaged. Stiefvater is masterful in connecting hints and raising the tension. In the first book, The Raven Boys, we learn of a teacher who murdered his friend for power. He’s gone by the second book, but don’t despair because instead, there is a hit man. A professional killer trumps a single crime as an antagonist.

“‘That was a lie,’ the Gray Man said. ‘I’m sorry. I had to think quickly when you said I couldn’t have a reading.’
‘So what’s the truth?’
‘I’m a hit man.’
This confession ushered in several moments of silence…..He did absolutely nothing to make his words easier to accept. It was impossible to tell if he was asking them to believe him or to humor him or to fear him. He merely laid out his confession and waited.” (p. 112-113)

The hit man isn’t everything he seems.

“He had brought her two things: a daisy-chain crown, which he somberly placed on her head, and a pink switch blade, which he handed to her. Both had taken some effort to procure. The first because the Gray Man had forgotten how to efficiently link daisies and the second because switchblades were illegal in Virginia, even if they were pink.” (p. 329)

Another stake raised is in the setting. Cabeswater has disappeared. Though it isn’t entirely gone, so now the Raven boys along with Blue/Jane need to figure out what’s happening. This is one of those pieces that after the reveal, it makes the reader say – of course, I should have seen it coming. I’m not revealing the answer because Stiefvater crafts it so well, it’s best to see it come out through the novel.

“They hadn’t made a wrong turn. They hadn’t overshot the road or parked in the wrong place. This was where they’d found Cabeswater. This was where it had all begun.
Noah finally said it: ‘It’s gone.'” (p. 119)

“Ronan had been listening, because he spun and leaned in the window. ‘At the store, when he disappeared, he didn’t just become invisible. He went away. If you’re saying Cabeswater’s like Noah, it’s not invisible. It’s gone somewhere.'” (p. 123)

Gansey is still a central figure, but Ronan moves to the front. We discover he hadn’t really tried to kill himself in the past – even though he allowed Gansey to believe the lie. He has a unique gift, just like his father. However, his gift intrinsically has an element intent on his death. The Ronan brothers fighting reaches a new pitch, but we also get to see the loyalty between (some) of the brothers. They have a complicated relationship.

“Ronan rested his forehead on the topmost shelf. The metal edge snarled against his skull, but he didn’t move. At night, the longing for home was ceaseless and omniscient, an airborne contaminant.” (p. 71)

His desire for home gets wrapped up in his relationship with his brothers, though mostly Declan. Matthew, on the other hand, is the happy go lucky brother that everyone loved. Ronan’s relationship with his youngest brother is completely different than Declan.

“Matthew believed him, why shouldn’t he? Ronan had never lied. (p.426)

If those tidbits aren’t enough to get you reading this series, I’m shocked. There are also moments that made me laugh, like when Gansey is discussing pigeons with his contact in England. It’s a complex world and fascinating. Definitely a book I recommend.

The intended audience is an older YA group – the book curses, including being peppered with f-bombs. Two boys also insult each other with epithets surrounding gays – certainly not PC, but realistic.

5 out of 5 stars

5 star

  • Michelle

If you like this one try:

The Gray Wolf Throne – Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones

And for an adult fantasy recommendation:

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

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The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place – Girl Detective On The Case

Book Review : The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place
A Flavia de Luce Mystery

By Alan Bradley

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Summary

Flavia is enjoying the summer, spending her days punting along the river with her reluctant family. Languishing in boredom, she drags a slack hand in the water, and catches her fingers in the open mouth of a drowned corpse.

Brought to shore, the dead man is found to be dressed in blue silk with ribbons at the knee, and wearing a single red ballet slipper.

Flavia needs to put her super-sleuthing skills to the test to investigate the murder of three gossips in the local church, and to keep her sisters out of danger. But what could possibly connect the son of an executed killer, a far too canny police constable, a traveling circus, and the publican’s mysteriously talented wife?
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)

Adult Point of View

Since this is book nine in the series, and I’ve read them all, it should be an automatic clue that I quite enjoy Flavia.

If it’s still a mystery why Flavia is one of my favorite detectives, I’ve collected nine clues for you, in honor of this being the ninth in the series:

Clue 1 – Sassy, brilliant, still naive and practical.

Clue 2 – Relationships brimming with danger, confusion and malice

Clue 3 – The onion layered character, devoted to Flavia – a mystery unto himself.

Clue 4 – Bumbling individuals who need to rely on the expertise of a child.

Clue 5 – Bygone era.

Clue 6 – Rather stiff and curious individual

Clue 7 – Whimsical, fanciful and yet creepy

Clue 8 – Hidden layers revealed while some are kept secret

Clue 9 – The ever faithful, though exasperated individual

I will add there was one element I deeply missed – Gladys the bike was nowhere to be found between the pages of this book. I adore Flavia’s relationship with her bike.

Answers to clues:

Clue 1 – Flavia herself, girl wonder of poisons, logical thinking and cool even while having hooked a dead body through the mouth while her fingers trailed in the river.

Clue 2 – Daffy and Feely, both a whirlwind of emotions embodied. I’m grateful I don’t have sisters like them – I too would consider poison.

Clue 3 – Dogger, the faithful servant who always has Flavia’s best interest at heart – even to the point of possibly finding mysteries for her to solve for her happiness.

Clue 4 – The inspector on the case, he definitely didn’t want Flavia involved. The undertaker was another one who certainly enjoyed Flavia at first, then took a turn for the worse in his feelings for the young sleuth.

Clue 5 – England post WWII, with cars but with quaint villages and fields for a young detective to explore.

Clue 6 – The dead of course, who always hide such interesting clues.

Clue 7 – The traveling circus, quite a mixed up and suspicious affair.

Clue 8 – A son with a chemical addiction, clergy who may be innocent, gossiping biddies, police officers who may not be so innocent and a landlady full of regret.

Clue 9 – The much admired Hewitt, though exasperated he shows his true colors and pays attention to the young detective, Flavia.

4 out of 5 stars

4 star

  • Michelle

There is truly no other book I can think of like the Flavia de Luce mysteries. I would recommend trying The Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters – he is clever and works with limited resources to solve murders.

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First Impressions : A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen – What Is Your Expectation If An Author Mentions Austen?

Book Review : First Impressions
A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

By Charlie Lovett

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Summary

A thrilling literary mystery co-starring Jane Austen from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield.  Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)

Adult Point of View

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and so anytime she is featured in a novel, or her literary work is being drawn out from her novels, I am always on pins and needles. I loved the narrative Lovett fabricated involving Jane Austen. He included many what if’s, and could it be possible, and perhaps this is why she didn’t write at this time, and wouldn’t it be fun if…

The scenes felt in keeping with the time period and rolled along gently. They feel pastoral, which is used literarily to show the goodness of God and nature compared to the wickedness of the city. (I believe this was unintentional on the author’s part – but I could be mistaken.)

Sophie Collingwood is the modern day protagonist. Her ancestral home is under immense financial strain, her uncle’s flat in London was in the middle of the hustle of the city and she has recently come from University – another place full of angst and pressure. Sophie’s life is a far cry from the quiet timber of Austen’s pastoral world. Her uncle’s death and the loss of his library is a blow that starts her on a new path. I questioned if a book lover like Sophie would stoop to larceny; by the end of the book I felt like that query was satisfied. I felt like she should be angrier at her father for his behavior instead of giving him something of a pass. I liked how she and her sister were very close and supportive.

The contrasting love interests, Winston Godfrey and Eric Hall, became more interesting because Sophie finds out they knew each other at University. My bias ran immediately to voting for Eric Hall. He might be brash, but at least I figured I’d always know what he was thinking. Would you prefer sexy and mysterious or genuine and unforgettable?

As I read First Impressions, I created an inner dialogue about the nature of a cad – historically and in a modern context. If I were to define a cad I would say he is charming, a narcissist and in a position to use women for his own benefit and interests. Historically, a cad may be excused for his behavior because of money or position and society would wink at his indiscretions. Ultimately, women suffered because of a cad’s behavior, while he received little inconvenience. Is there a modern equivalent to a cad? Depressingly no, because caddish behavior is expected and is the norm for both sexes. (Other than conveniences like, indoor plumbing, food and ease of travel I could have fit in well in proper Regency society.)

Sophie expects Eric to be a cad, but he isn’t. In turn, Winston is expected to be a cad and lives up to expectations. Sophie could also be termed a cad because she is certainly using Winston and enjoying a tawdry affair with him. I certainly questioned Sophie’s reasons for trusting Winston after she caught him in his first indiscretion. Sophie’s sister also expects caddish behavior. The morals of today stand in stark contrast to the code of ethics women lived by in the Regency Era.

Overall, I liked First Impressions, but I didn’t love it as much as I hoped. I loved the quotes from Austen’s books!

Definitely read The Lost Book of the Grail, also written by Lovett. I’m working backwards on his books and will definitely read more and look forward to a new novel he’s working on taking place in New York with a Nancy Drew feel.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Michelle

For a Darcy spin on Pride and Prejudice I  remember liking An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aiden. (It’s been years since I read it, so I hope it’s as good as I remember.)

Another historical novel I really enjoyed was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. If you haven’t ever picked it up today is the day to give it a try.

Also try Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

 

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The Raven Boys – Do You Like Subtle Changes in POV?

Book Review : The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle

By Maggie Stiefvater

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Summary

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
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Adult Point of View

I found myself intrigued by The Raven Boys from the beginning. The opening hook of the story is that Blue has been told a specific tale from her clairvoyant family – the first boy she kisses will die. Her true love will die and so she has decided to never fall in love.

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” (p. 1 – first line)

How could I not want to read what comes next?

“Her family traded in predictions. These predictions tended, however, to run toward the nonspecific.” (p. 1 continued)

Blue has never had to rebel because her mom is already too weird and accepting to have had such a common problem with her daughter. They are both caught off guard when Blue defies her mother, and continues to see the Raven Boys. She had always despised the boys who attended the private school, but she becomes intrigued with this set of boys – they all orbit around Gansey like he is their sun. Gansey is described as condescending, pristine. He is at odds with his money and he is driven to solve a mystery.

“But Gansey and Adam sought Glendower for different reasons. Gansey longed for him like Arthur longed for the grail, drawn by a desperate but nebulous need to be useful to the world, to make sure his life meant something beyond champagne parties and white collars, by some complicated longing to settle an argument that waged deep inside himself.
Adam, on the other hand, needed that royal favor.” (p. 51)

Ronan’s father has died, he fights constantly with his older brother, is full of angst and born into an affluent family. He is prickly, harsh and self-destructive and he’s keeping a secret.

“Ronan wasn’t sorry for his behavior; he was only sorry that Gansey had been there to see him. What lived between the Lynch brothers was dark enough to hide anyone else’s feelings.” (p. 50)

Adam works harder than all his friends to be able to attend Aglionby – a private school, has an abusive father and passive mother. It’s interesting that he isn’t jealous of the wealth surrounding him, it just produces an intense wanting, a drive to get out of his family’s state of poverty.

“Adam felt the familiar pang. Not jealousy, just wanting. One day, he’d have enough money to have a place like this. A place that looked on the outside like Adam looked on the inside.
A small voice within Adam asked whether he would ever look this grand on the inside, or if it was something you had to be born into.” (p. 41)

Noah is fairly non-descript, at one point he actually makes a suggestion and everyone goes along with it because he’s usually so passive. He is described as the smudgy boy by Blue, and he always looked a little grubby –  though his room is kept in a pristine state. He is also very truthful.

“In the deep, shadowed entrance of the church, Noah stood silently. For a second, all that seemed to be visible was his pale face; his dark clothing invisible and his eyes chasms into someplace unknowable. Then he stepped into the light and he was rumpled and familiar as always.” (p. 96)

 

I’ve included several quotes so you can get a feel for the writing style, which relies on inference and instinct. Some reviewers said they were confused whose point of view it was at any given moment. I think it’s fairly simple – instead of being strictly broken into chapters relying heavily on an inner dialogue – comments are slipped in when that character is front and center – for that moment. I felt like I knew each character a little better because I saw into their thoughts.

“Adam’s heart was still a flighty thing. He had to confess to himself that until how he probably had never really believed Gansey’s supernatural explanation for the ley line, not in a way that he’d really internalized.” (p. 241)

“Gansey turned to the others….He became aware that he was shivering, but he didn’t know if it was from the newly winter cold or anticipation.” (p. 247)

See how easy that is to follow? I’m a fan of these subtle changes in POV. I find them un-intrusive and fill in the narrative. I love knowing what’s going on inside the characters.

The Raven Boys is a YA book written for teens in high school. There is coarse language and cursing, murder and whispers of occult witchcraft. Nothing is overly sexual, though Blue is shocked to hear of how her mother was swept away by her father (nicknames Butternut) – who disappeared without an explanation.

I recommend this book, but with a caveat, because of the language. I consider it to be a modern gothic romance. Stiefvater is a master at mood and tone, guiding us through a new world.

5 out of 5 stars

5 star

  • Michelle

If you like this one try:

The Gray Wolf Throne – Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones

And for an adult fantasy recommendation:

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

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The Traitor’s Game – Who Decides If You’re a Traitor or a Hero?

Book Review : The Curious Affair of The Witch At Wayside Cross

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Summary

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)

Adult Point of View

Who is the traitor? Kestra fights against betraying her country. But what constitutes betrayal? The current government usurped the throne from the Dallisor’s reign. The Dallisors now support Endrick and his ruthless rule. Who has the right to rule? The Halderians previously ruled Antora, but they kidnapped Kestra and seem too willing to forfeit her life. The Coracks violently oppose Endrick, but their leader also places no value on life over his ambitions. What is a girl to do? Accept an offer of marriage?

“Was that a flirtation, a way of teasing him into another visit? Or was she politely avoiding any further connection to him? I couldn’t tell, which frustrated me to no end, but I hoped it was the latter. She was already being forced to commit treason against Antora. Her schedule was full.” (p.139)

The Traitor’s Game pulled me in two different directions, at times I was laughing and then I was biting my nails the rest of the time.  Nielsen is a master at balancing every scene with banter and moving the action forward at a clipping pace. I love how the secrets are slowly revealed and each one adds a new poignancy to the plot.

The Traitor’s Game is written from two POV’s – Kestra and Simon. The danger of multiple view points is getting confused or adoring one character while hating the other. Thankfully neither of those circumstances prevailed here. The characters are the driving force in a novel, that make it interesting. In this case, we have a cast of note worthy characters. Here are a few of the characters:

Kestra Dallisor– She has never been in favor with her father, and even though she is a privileged Dallisor, she has always been an outsider. Her position is further emphasized by her relationship with Trina, who thinks Kestra has had a beautiful life of luxury. While it’s true that Kestra was wealthy and didn’t know the plight of the common man she is more hated than any other woman in Antora. I liked Kestra because she didn’t back down, even when she appeared to acquiesce, she was only biding her time for a better attack. She also has a knack for acquiring knives.

“Gabe called for me to wait, but he had to secure his horse first, giving me a good lead. At some point, he would realize I also had his knife.” (p. 312)

Simon Hatch – He has a history with Kestra, which gives him a good reason to hate her. She nearly had him killed all to gain favor with her father, well, that and a simple misunderstanding. Simon is loyal, trying to live up to the expectations of his adoptive father and navigate the turnings of his own heart. He knows Kestra can’t be trusted, and yet he sees a side of her that no one else does and he can’t help falling for her – even though he was warned to safeguard his heart. Conflicted over Kestra, he struggles because he doesn’t want to be at odds with her while still holding to his values.

Trina – She is a waif who conceals multiple secrets. In ways, she is more prideful than Kestra and is certainly even more hot tempered. Her main motivation is to be accepted rather than be an outsider. She has tried to buy Tenger’s trust with revealing her father’s secrets and is complicit in the plot to discover the Olden Blade. Even Kestra gains some compassion for Trina, she knows better than to trust her – she is too broken to have pure motives.

Sir Henry Dallisor – He is a secondary character, but as Kestra’s father he has played an important role in her growth. As one of the privileged Dallisors he is intent on keeping his position and wealth, even at the expense of his daughter. We learn he only had one weakness, and that was the love he had for his wife. He reminds me of a mob boss, but one who wants others to do the dirty work for him.

Tenger – He is the leader of the Corack rebellion, and is also willing to use people for his end purposes – making him not that much different than Henry Dallisor. The primary difference in their character some from the fact that Tenger believes he fights for a righteous cause while Henry Dallisor doesn’t care about the right side, only being right.

If you like strong female characters, adventure, plot twists and danger – with a dash of magic this is the right book for you. And, don’t forget the right amount of romance! This novel is a clean fantasy and appropriate for teens and adults. Because of the complexity I believe high school students will enjoy it more than middle school readers. I highly recommend The Traitor’s Game! I can tell you who decides if you’re a traitor or a hero – the winner. But, who will be the winner in this exciting series by Nielsen?

5 out of 5 stars

5 star

  • Michelle

If you like this one try:

The Gray Wolf Throne – Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

The Alloy of Law of Brandon Sanderson

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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The Philosopher’s Flight – Can Man Really Fly?

Book Review : The Philosopher’s Flight

By Tom Miller

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Summary

A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.

When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women.

Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.

In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher’s Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
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Adult Point of View

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Tom Miller has woven a fantastic tale with a world at war with the use of magic. Robert is a country rube, who has lived his life in the shadow of his mother and sisters with their undeniable talent. Lines have been drawn in the fight between the sexes, escalating because women naturally have more talent in philosophy – the science of magic. When philosophy entered the wars horrible acts were committed bringing resulting in the common man fearing the abuse of women’s philosophical powers. Robert is the outsider having to prove himself in a woman’s world, rife with the prejudice, slander and prosaic attitudes. He learns self-control and discovers he can believe in himself, even against the odds.

I felt connected to Robert, and his struggle to fit into the world with his big dreams. I also liked how his mother was pragmatic and no-nonsense. The women attending the school became a blur. I knew Jake came from a privileged background, was very talented and beautiful. I didn’t feel like I understood her motivation in accepting Robert into their tight-knit group. Danielle was another character I wish I knew a little better. She also came from a wealthy background, but still faced racial slurs.  Even though she suffered with post traumatic syndrome from the war as a demon for her character motivation, I still wanted to see more out of her and why she chose Robert.

I frequently read old literature, and Miller employs some of the characteristics of antiquated novels. He includes descriptions of the place and time, which increased my understanding of the world where his characters reside. Some readers may dislike the amount of exposition. He also used antiquated terms for lesbians, who are found more frequently among the empirical philosophers. There are a few chapters with heterosexual sex scenes, which would nix it as a “clean fantasy”.

Overall, I liked Miller’s novel, the fun and thoughtful world he developed and particularly liked his character Robert Weekes. I would recommend this book for adults.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Michelle

 

If you enjoy historical fiction with a magic twist I recommend Sorcery and Cecilia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede as one of my favorites set in Regency England.

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