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So about a year and a half ago, I read this book because the cover caught my eye. It showed a young woman in a Regency-era dress, holding a book and standing next to a crystal ball surrounded in delicately-twisting branches. It was called The Magicians & Mrs. Quent.
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Obviously, I was drawn to it because the Regency era fascinates me, but it had MAGIC.

A year and a half ago, I was introduced to this intoxicating universe:

The perfect balance of a British AU (they live in a land called Altania, in a city of Invarel. There's a king, and a parliament, and lots of Lords and Ladies etc) that you can really get invested in (this guy's got this place mapped out: years of wars and rebellions and principalities etc). The characters are the vibrant type you expect to jump out at you from the pages of Austen or Bronte - strong female protagonists who read books and learn things and debate wittily with the men they know).

Now take all of that, and add: magick. There are magicians! And Witches that can make certain type of magic trees come alive! Altania also has a rather strange sun-moon schedule thing going on. Instead of regular 24-hour days, days and nights alternate between being really long and really short. There's a calender, even. It's quite surreal.

But wait, there's more! There's several POVs in this story (not so much you get a headache, no fear), but different slightly-intersecting plotlines. POVs switch between male and female alike.

But I'm not really here to tell you about this fascinating book. I'm here to squee about the sequel, The House on Durrow Street, of which I am only on page 203. of 650-ish.

Why squee so early? This story has m/m SLASH before page 100 )

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