The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
I am a huge fan of this series, and hesitated to read this one for quite awhile as I was so scared that the book wouldn’t live up to my hopes for it. Book one was so good, and book two didn’t quite match it. How would book three fare?
What I didn’t like so much about the second book is that Cecelia and Kate are together, so the epistolary format seems much more contrived. They’re writing in their journals, or writing an account of events for the authorities. In book one they’re writing to each other, and their voices are much more believable in that sort of structure than the other.
Happily, in book three they’re separated, so they’re writing each other again. New this time is that their husbands are also writing letters to each other. That’s one weakness of the book – their voices aren’t that distinctive, and their writing style didn’t feel “right” for them in the same way it does for Cecelia and Kate.
No matter, I still enjoyed the book tremendously. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous books, please do read this one – it’s fun to meet back up with them both ten years later. I would highly recommend reading the other books first however – you’ll spoil yourself for events in them, and also miss out on getting to know the characters.
Now married with children, Cecelia and Kate must face a threat to the wizarding world
It’s been a decade since Kate and Cecelia foiled Napoleon’s plot to reclaim the French crown. The cousins now have estates, children, and a place at the height of wizarding society. It is 1828, and though magic remains at the heart of the British Empire, a new power has begun to make itself felt across England: the steam engine. As iron tracks crisscross the countryside, the shaking of the locomotives begins to disrupt the workings of English magic, threatening the very foundations of the Empire. A foreign wizard on a diplomatic mission to England vanishes, and the Prime Minister sends Cecelia’s husband to investigate. In order to accompany her husband to the north of England, Cecelia leaves her children in Kate’s care. As Cecelia and James fight for the future of magic, Kate is left with a no less daunting problem: how to care for a gaggle of disobedient, spell-casting tots.
Title: The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After
Author: Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars
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