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Nov 2013
The Magicians and Mrs Quent - Galen Beckett - Spectra, 2008
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This is another smorgasbord fantasy where the borrowings from other books are more evident than the author's original concepts, but the choice of influences shows good literary taste. It combines the comic social milieu of Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde with plot elements from every gothic novelist you can think of from the Brontes to H.P. Lovecraft in a fantasy setting where wildwoods have power and the aristocracy practises magick. The combination works, although the fantasy element is the least convincing.
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