cover image Heir of Uncertain Magic

Heir of Uncertain Magic

Charlie N. Holmberg. 47North, $16.99 trade paper (324p) ISBN 978-1-66250-869-1

The charming sequel to Holmberg’s Keeper of Enchanted Rooms sends “house tamer” Hulda Larkin and Merritt Fernsby on another magical adventure in 1840s New England. Myra, the indomitable head of the Boston Institute for the Keeping of Enchanted Rooms (BIKER), has gone missing, and Merritt and Hulda are on the case. When the London Institute for the Keeping of Enchanted Rooms steps in to oversee BIKER and install a new director, however, Hulda finds herself torn between continuing to investigate and wanting the position for herself. Meanwhile, Merritt struggles to master his burgeoning and somewhat wild magical abilities while untangling shocking secrets about his family’s past. Complicating matters for both of them are their growing feelings for each other. Holmberg’s detailed scene-setting will again transport readers back to a magic-infused past and familiar faces from the first installment take on the air of old friends come to visit. Marrying a delicate love story with an addictive mystery, this cozy fantasy is sure to please series fans. Agent: Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary. (Apr.)