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The Master of Heathcrest Hall (Mrs. Quent #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  646 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Even as her husband is about to attain undreamed-of power, Ivy Quent fears for her family’s safety. With war looming and turmoil sweeping the nation of Altania, Ivy finds the long-abandoned manor on the moors a temporary haven. But nowhere is really safe from the treachery that threatens all the Quents have risked to achieve. And an even greater peril is stirring deep with ...more
ebook, 736 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Tiffany Reisz
Jan 20, 2017 Tiffany Reisz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit long-winded and rushed but otherwise lots of fun. Great series. Only wish there were more Galen Beckett books set in this universe. It's so charming.
Suburbangardener
Overall, I rate the whole series as five stars for its originality and the captivating characters. The finale of the trilogy packed an emotional punch, yet could have been stronger at the end had, as other reviewers complained, the author shown the crucial moments rather than merely summarized them after the fact. The reader has stood shoulder to shoulder with Ivy and Rafferdy through three novels; we want to be right there with them as they finally save the world. The book could also use a bit ...more
Ashley E
Feb 15, 2012 Ashley E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stunning and emotional conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, The Master of Heathcrest Hall kept me glued to the pages for hours.

The war in Altania is drawing to a head. The king is dead, and the princess has yet to ascend the throne. The rebels are gaining strength. And Cerephus, the red planet, draws ever closer. As Ivy, Rafferdy and Eldyn go about their daily lives, events conspire to involve them in the fate of their nation... and the world at large. To sto
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Anne
Mar 26, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a brief interlude in the distant past - which has a bearing later on in the story - MASTER OF HEATHCREST HALL opens following the events of the previous book, THE HOUSE ON DURROW STREET.

The old king is dead, and his daughter not yet crowned. Political machinations vie with those magickal and delay her coronation. The new Lord Rafferdy has joined another magical society, this one bent on preserving the Wyrdwood from those who would destroy it, leaving Altania to be devoured by its otherwor
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Beth Mills
Apr 29, 2012 Beth Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Master of Heathcrest Hall Beckett brings his trilogy to a satisfying conclusion as Ivoleyn and her husband Lord Quent, Lord Rafferdy, Eldyn Garrett and their allies are forced to confront the growing threats to Altania. Lord Quent goes up against the plotting of powerful politicians, Ivoleyn struggles to solve the puzzles her father has left her and find answers in her dreams of Altania's past, while Eldyn finds new uses fir his skills as an illusionist and Lord Rafferdy struggles to beco ...more
Kit★
Ok, so I thought this book was great. It was horribly sad though in certain spots, and I cried for a minute, not gonna deny it. I had just gotten so attached to Mr. Quent... But I don't want to say to much. I'll focus on what I liked most. I liked how things finally came together, and things were explained. I liked the feel of rushing down the hill to the conclusion, even if that rush was occasionally not that fast-paced. In fact, it even sort of moved slowly for a while in the middle, but it ne ...more
Rosu Aquabutts
I have been charmed and captured by this series since reading the first two pages of The Magicians and Mrs. Quent while sitting at a chair in Chapters. I have evangelized the trilogy to all of my friends, bought copies for gifts, sent (largely ignored) fanmail to the author. I went from being charmed at the flawed Magicians to dazzled by the brilliant The House on Durrow Street. With the massive leap in quality between the first book and the second, and the sheer amount of love and affection I h ...more
Scott
Jul 25, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've greatly enjoyed Galen Beckett's Mrs. Quent trilogy, of which The Master of Heathcrest Hall is the final volume. At the start of the series it felt like a Jane Austen era romance with magic added in, but by the end it is clear that it is the reverse: it is epic fantasy, but clothed in the style and manners of a regency novel. It's a delightful departure from a typical sword and sorcery tale, but lacking none of the magic and adventure.

Heathcrest Hall brings back all of the usual cast: Ivoley
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D.w.
Apr 25, 2012 D.w. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I have really enjoyed this series. Beckett as a writer able to invoke imagery is by far one of the best that I have encountered. That he blends this with the background of a society well founded in Regency and Victorian times, with the romance from books that we now write for those eras amazes me.

Why this series deserves your notice is founded on those reasons. We have a strong series of fantasy work, excellent writing, and a storyline that is entwined with regency romance and victorian motifs a
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Erika Gill
Mar 05, 2012 Erika Gill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swap
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Cissa
Mar 20, 2012 Cissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was a brilliant end to the trilogy! Very meaty and with excellent pacing, and satisfying endings (though not without sadness).

Despite my usual need to understand hot things work, Beckett pulls off a world with irregular days and nights, and unpredictable planetary motions in a way that encourages me to suspend my disbelief and just enjoy it; it's so matter-of-fact.

The world, too, is interesting- it's the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (sort of), and there is a "peasant rebellio
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Kelly
May 23, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book! It is over 700 pages, and I was worried, but finished it in no time because it was just so darn good! Wonderful treatment of re-introducing you to the main characters and storylines in a natural, unforced way. Great action and mystery throughout. Always keeps you guessing and reading! Described as a combination of Bronte sisters meets magic it is an excellent world that Galen Beckett has created with interesting characters who struggle with what is right and what is wrong in a ve ...more
Jen
Oct 01, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2-star, read-2012
I enjoyed the other two books and the world that was created. This third book however was frustrating through and through. I often felt that the author was trying to be clever and rather than let the reader deduce the cleverness themselves, was shouting it from the pages.

I also hated how much he explained. I understand that you need to bring a reader up to speed if this is the first book they've picked up in a series that is already going. However, you need not tell me things that have already o
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Lindsay (Santafefan)
Feb 16, 2015 Lindsay (Santafefan) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
The speed with which I consumed all three of the Mrs. Quent books attests to my fondness for them. Why? Magic. Sentient trees. Planetary alignments. The mannered life of past periods. Romance between people I liked - and examples of love that are not standard he+she on teen hormones! I had a hard time putting this down until I finished with a satisfied sigh.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Night and day start and stop when they wish. No almanac can predict the umbrals and lumenals. The red planet Cerephus grows brighter in the sky, easily seen during even the sunniest of lumenals. Despite all evidence to the contrary a grand conjunction looks imminent in the heavens. Ivy is convinced that she and Rafferdy have stopped the Ashen by trapping Gambrel behind one of the doors
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Mimi
May 04, 2017 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent finish to the trilogy of Mrs. Quent. The drama and the characters really came to life.
Michelle
Mar 21, 2017 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes the series complete. much better than the first two and is unpredictable as predictable. great plot twist and imagination. The story line is seems forgotten but isn't and a must read.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
I was just looking over my review for the prior book in the trilogy, The House on Durrow Street, and this book has a lot of the same stylistic issues that I had with that book - namely that a lot of things happen off-screen, so to speak, and the things that happen on-screen are often repetitive.

As we switch perspectives from one character to a next we often, also, experience a passing of time, and then we get a summary of what happened in that time - which removes and and all tension from these
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EL
The last book of this trilogy was a huge improvement on the second. A lot of things actually happened! The author consistently made some really weird choices that I'm not sure what to think of, however.

I'm just not sure what was going on with the LGBT themes in these books. (view spoiler)
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Maaike
Apr 08, 2012 Maaike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reading
This is the third and final instalment of the great trilogy by Galen Beckett. It all started when the author asked himself the question: “What if there was a fantastical cause underlying the social constraints and limited choices confronting a heroine in a novel by Jane Austen or Charlotte Brönte?” And in the first instalment (The Magicians and Mrs Quent) you clearly feel this mix of fantasy, astrology and magic combined with classics. I think it worked very well. In the second instalment, Galen ...more
Cheryl
Jun 08, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The third installment in the trilogy brings us back to our three major characters. Ivy is living on Durrow Street with her two sisters and her beloved husband, Mr. Quent, and still trying to puzzle out messages left her by her father. Rafferdy has become fully involved in the Assembly, as well as a clandestine group of magicians, working to protect the Wyrdwood. Eldyn is performing as an illusionist, and learning how to make impressions (a kind of magical photo). All their lives are going along ...more
QNPoohBear
In the conclusion to the trilogy the situation in Altania is dire. The red planet Cerephus comes ever closer and Ivy can not seem to solve the clues her father left for her. Even so, her husband is poised on the brink of greatness but his noble nature may end up causing the Quents to lose everything. Rafferdy has come into his own as a member of a secret arcane society but the rival magnates and the government are doing all they can to destroy what Rafferdy knows to be good. Eldyn enjoys life in ...more
Myridian
Jul 25, 2011 Myridian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the final installment of the "Mrs. Quent" series. In it we continue to follow Ivy as she works to save the world from baddies from another planet.

I really wanted to give this book 4.5 stars. It didn't quite warrant 5, but 4 feels a little too low. Beckett seems to really find his voice with this novel. The first two had a little too much of the homage feel to them, while this novel is decidedly an adventure book, but incorporates touches of the gothic romance and horror genres as well.
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Rob
Dec 29, 2012 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of literature the likes of Emily Bronte or Jane Austen. The closest I ever got to this is probably Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, or Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Now I can sit and watch things like "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Great Expectations", or "Downton Abbey", as well as those listed above, all day on television or in a movie theater but I would no ...more
Wise_owl
The third in the "Mrs. Quent" series, this book proved very hard to rate. It had so many elements of the prior books that would incline me to rate it to four stars, yet in the end I think had to rate it down to three. Not a terrible ending to the series, indeed in many ways it was very satisfying, but it left a few elements out of promise, and it's climax was very... anticlimatic.

Assuming anyone who is interested in reading this has read the prior two I'll say that many of the elements are now b
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Rainbow Unicorn
Very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, highly recommended. Love the regency + lovecraftian horror tonal combination, love the world building and mystery elements, appreciated that each character gets a satisfying arc and conclusion. Including characters that I wish had had more screentime in previous books, but really had the opportunity to shine here. Found the interlude chapters in this one a bit strange and jarring and a few of the plotlines tie off a bit TOO "neatly" for my tastes, but t ...more
Robert
Jun 28, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why so many readers have tried (and of course failed) to find Jane Austen in this trilogy. There are, perhaps, a few similarities in mood with Emily Brontë, but these could hardly be called Regency novels. If I am am forced to make a literary comparison, I'll go for a cross between Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Hardy.

What we have is a broad sweep of ideas: an alien invasion, a civil war, an intriguing mystery, magicians, witches, homosexuality, women's rights... A gamut of major
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Neile
Apr 23, 2012 Neile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the trilogy about Mrs. (now Lady) Quent, has her husband rising high in power just as war is becoming a reality and the powers that be are maneuvering to gather more power to themselves. What drove me through this was the fascinating world, and learning more about it. I also puzzled about the strangeness of the sisters and their relationships (Rose gets very fey) and was intrigued by the efforts against the evil regime, but I never quite felt that the characters, particularly Mrs. Q ...more
Booniss
Dec 20, 2015 Booniss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy end to a great trilogy.

It's a hell of a ride, and there's much more action and far less dinner parties what with our group fighting battles on all fronts as Morden's troops arrive in Altania and there's open warfare as well as the intrigue and politics being fought behind the scenes with the magicians having control of Lord Valhaine and therefore Altania. There's a lot going on for everyone with Eldyn throwing his lot in with the rebels, Rafferdy playing politics and forming his own ma
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Maggie
Feb 17, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 24, 2015 02:48PM  
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  • The Hidden Goddess (Veneficas Americana, #2)
What if there was a fantastical cause underlying the social constraints and limited choices confronting a heroine in a novel by Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë? Galen Beckett began writing The Magicians and Mrs. Quent to answer that question.
The author lives in Colorado.

An alias for Mark Anthony.
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Other Books in the Series

Mrs. Quent (3 books)
  • The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (Mrs. Quent, #1)
  • The House on Durrow Street (Mrs. Quent, #2)

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“How resilient was the body, to return to its prior form so quickly! Yet the mind was formed of a less pliable substance. The emptiness in her thoughts would not be so easily filled. Instead there was a hollowness among them-a place she had reserved for future joys which now would never arrive.” 14 likes
“He was smiling again, his face alight, and Ivy knew her own expression was a mirror to his. Ivoleyn, he said, softly now, as if testing the word. And she replied, Dashton. Then their hands parted, but only so they might come closer, like two trees twining together to stand as one in a forest of green.” 6 likes
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