Book Review: Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
By Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.
For starters, there’s the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There’s also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he’s not doing a very good job of it–so just what are his intentions?) And then there’s Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn’t bothered to tell anyone where he is.
Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren’t having so much fun!
(Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
What does Regency England and magic have in common? Manners of course! It is decidedly bad manners to try to steal another wizards magic, and certainly bad form to steal someone’s chocolate pot, even if it wasn’t magic. Social disgrace also follows anyone rude enough not to follow good manners, though having an inheritance will cover up some of the idiosyncrasies that some would consider to be poor breeding.
Kate and Cecelia are separated and must use correspondence to try and solve the problems and mysteries they face. Kate is an incorrigibly clumsy and Cecelia is spirited, to the point of throwing out social taboos if they don’t suit her. There is a romance, though easily foreseen, is still fun to see how these young women’s hearts are captured. The humor isn’t overbearing, and is tongue in check. I would think Jane Austen fans would enjoy this light hearted encounter if they are willing to believe in a little bit of magic.
ps- the teen didn’t read this one, but there is nothing inappropriate.
If you liked this one try Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and Austenland by Shannon Hale.