Lady of Magick

Sylvia Izzo Hunter. Ace, $15 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-425-27246-6
Hunter's entertaining second Noctis Magicae installment (after The Midnight Queen) follows mage-in-training and lost princess Sophie Marshall and her husband, Gray, deeper into court and magical intrigues in an alternate Regency-era Britain. When Gray is invited to lecture at the School of Practical Magick in Din Edin, capital of Scotland stand-in Alba, Sophie is excited by the opportunity to study at a school that welcomes female students; in Britain, such learning is thought to damage the "delicate female mind." Their visit is complicated by civil unrest, fed by rumors of a possible famine in Alba and news that Sophie's half-brother, Prince Roland, is to be prince consort to the daughter of Alba's head chieftain, creating a formal alliance between the two nations. When Gray is kidnapped, Sophie—with the help of her sister, Joanna—must call on the unique and powerful bond she and Gray share to try to find him and stop a plot that would change Alba forever. Sophie and Joanna play central roles, which will delight fans of strong women. Hunter's charming world, just a few steps off-center of our own, continues to offer many possibilities for future adventure. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/21/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
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