Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sorcery and Cecelia

Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country

By Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Do you like Regencies? Or alternate histories? If so, then you will enjoy this delightful book written as a series of letters between two cousins, Kate and Cecelia. There’s romance and mystery and adventure as well as a touch of magic in this 316 page novel.

London, 1817, and Kate is suffering through her first Season in the shadow of her beautiful sister Georgiana. Cecelia is left behind in the country and encounters new arrivals -- the not as sneaky as he thinks he is James Tarleton and the oddly popular Dorothea Griscomb.

Their plotlines converge when Kate attends Sir Hilary Bedrick’s investiture to the Royal College of Wizards and stumbles into a magical trap set for the Marquis of Schofield. Not only is Sir Hilary a neighbor, back home in Essex, but he appears to be involved with Dorothea’s stepmother, Miranda Tanistry Griscomb, in a dastardly scheme that snares both cousins. There’s a large cast of secondary and tertiary characters, but they add depth to the world, rather than distract from the four main characters. You’ll also visit familiar places like Vauxhall Gardens and Carlton House, but they do have their slight differences. For example, in this book, Carlton House has magical wards.

I found Kate, and her letters, to be more entertaining than Cecelia, perhaps because of the fun banter between Kate and the “odious Marquis” and perhaps because she was … less emphatically confident than Cecelia. Likewise, I found the Marquis to be a more intriguing and fully realized character than Mr. Tarleton.

And if you like this book as much as I did, you’ll be happy to learn there are two more books featuring these characters: The Grand Tour and The Mislaid Magician. You’ll find them, and this book, in the Young Adult section, but don’t let that deter you. When Sorcery and Cecelia originally came out in the late eighties, it was simply labeled fantasy.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

We Know Books Blog has a brand new SpringWidget you can spring to your desktop!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Oath by Frank Peretti

An ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret.

Something sinister is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Something evil.

Under the cover of darkness, a predator strikes without warning--taking life in the most chilling and savage fashion.

The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents suddenly vanish. Yet the more locals are pressed for information, the more they close ranks, sworn to secrecy by their forefathers' hidden sins.

Only when Hyde River's secrets are exposed is the true extent of the danger fully revealed. What the town discovers is something far more deadly than anything they'd imagined. Something that doesn't just stalk its victims, but has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness. ~Amen Corner