It's the Regency era with a bit of magic in which two cousins making their debut find true love, but must combat evil sorceries. Completely charming from start to finish, at times laugh-out-loud funny, and quite suspenseful on occasion.
This is a great story! It's set in 1800's England, but an England where magic is common - and works, and wizards have a Royal Society. The story is a series of letters back and forth between two cousins (each one written by a different author). One, Kate, goes to London for her debut, and the other, Cecelia, stays in Essex in the country. Both get tangled up in a series of events involving good and bad wizards, as well as the Ton.
Reading it is like reading Jane Austin with magic and spunkier characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Patricia C Wrede as well as the time period.
A really fun read - a set of letters between Kate and Cecilia, close friends and cousins, describing the mysteries swirling around them in Essex, where Cecy remains, and in London, where Kate has travelled with her older sister and aunt.
I really enjoyed this book and the cute style of telling the story through the letters between these two girls. It had a perfect balance between intrigue, romance, magic and character development. This sweet, quick read would be great for young adults and well as older readers like me.
This book is a delight and a half in its crossbreed of Jane Austen language and Harry Potter events! Cousins and dear friends Cecelia and Kate, separated by distance, write letters to each other to keep up the correspondence. From the start, things do not seem to be right. For instance, at Sir Hilary's induction into the Royal College of Wizards, Kate wanders through a doorway and into a magical garden, where a witch by the name of Miranda confuses her for a wizard named Thomas and tries to poison her with chocolate from a chocolate pot. After escaping, Kate actually meets Thomas, the Mysterious Marquis of Schofield, whose impudence puts her on her guard, and even more so when, after a few more near-death moments, he makes an offer of marriage to her, so that he will have some protection from the charms of a young lady whom Miranda wants to set upon him.
Meanwhile, outside of London, Cecy befriends Dorothea, the shy girl whose stepmother, the malevolent witch Miranda, placed a charm spell on her so that every guy in her vicinity will fall heads over heels. Dorothea refuses to stand up to Miranda, and it is during one of their strolls that Cecy notices they are being watched by a not-so-subtle James Tarleton, a dark and elegant man who, it turns out, is good friends with Thomas. He warns Cecy not to meddle in the Marquis' affairs with Sir Hilary and Miranda, but of course Cecy doesn't heed him, and finds herself sneaking spellbooks out of Sir Hilary's library and trying to understand more about magic and the significance of a chocolate pot that was once Thomas' but is now possessed by Sir Hilary for sinister reasons.
SORCERY AND CECELIA was written as an unplanned, unscripted letter game between two authors, and so the beginning may seem slow and hard to get into. But persevere, and you will be greatly rewarded by a pleasing, adventurous, and romantic story.
Sorcery and Cecelia sounded like a really fun idea, having two writers build the story between the two of them! It was interesting to see how it worked out - you can't do plotting much ahead of time when someone else also controls the story line! It was a fun, interesting book.
This was a fun book to read. Loved the somewhat unique experience of reading the two different stories and how they came together. It wasn't always smooth and that was actually part of the charm, it made the characters more authentic to me. I would recommend it.
After thoroughly enjoying this author's "Mairelon the Magician" and "Magician's Ward," fantasies about sorcery set in Regency England, I found the beginning of this book, set in the same world and written in the form of letters, quite boring - and I didn't finish it.
Cindy S. reviewed Sorcery and Cecelia (Cecelia and Kate, Bk 1) on
This was a pretty terrific young adults novel. It's a story of manners in the Jane Austen style, with lots of imagination, likeable characters and a nice sense of humour. I'd recommend it for pre-teens.
This book was a combination of historical romance and fantasy book which was right up my alley. The book was put together as an exchange of letters between the two female protagonists and each author took one heroine. I really enjoyed the format as well as the plot and action. This book had it all from my point of view, suspense, action, humor and romance. I definitely recommend this as a great read!
This is a delightful read! It takes place in 1817 in England. The story is told entirely in letters of correspondence between the two cousins, Kate (who is in London making her debut in society) and Cecy (who is in Essex). There is an afterword explaining the fun the two authors had writing letters as the characters to one another and how it grew and became a book. And wonderful characters they are! I found myself laughing out loud in places at their antics. There is humor, danger, magic, intrigue and the usual propriety and tea found in 19th century England. I will happily read the sequel, THE GRAND TOUR.