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Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  12,459 ratings  ·  1,432 reviews
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.

For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published 2004 by Harcourt (first published April 15th 1988)
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Gail Carriger
One of my all time favorite books, Sorcery and Cecelia started out as a letter game between two brilliant writers. The authors clearly enjoyed themselves and the resulting novel is a joy to read, both as a story and as a window into the fun experienced by to marvelous authors.

Set in Austen-like 1817 England, which just happens to have some very polite magic rolling around, the plot is largely driven by excellent characterization, two strong heroines, and a great deal of humor. There are several
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
A magical marquis, his suspicious friend, and a pair of strong-willed and mischievous young ladies get entangled in Regency-era England. Their story is told entirely in epistolary form, as lifelong friends Kate and Cecilia exchange letters. Kate is experiencing her first Season in London, while Cecy is left home in the country. But life gets unexpectedly complicated when both Kate and Cecy meet up with Thomas (aka the Mysterious Marquis) and his friend James, who are trying to stop a dark magica ...more
Kelly
A perfectly charming little epistolary tale with a number of problems. This is the story of Kate and Cecelia (does this spelling of the name bother anyone else? I had to type that name three times before I got it right, it seem so unnatural!) two cousins who are seperated for a few months while one experiences the London Season, and the other stays on their country estate, and write letters back and forth to each other. Kate falls into the path of an evil magician, Cecelia trips over related mag ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer first published Sorcery and Cecelia under that that title in 1988. In recent years, thanks to reprints with shiny new cover art by Scott M. Fischer in the case of the edition I read as well as two new sequels, this book has regained popularity and visibility. Aside from that, one of the most important things to know about this book is its alternate title: The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Variou ...more
Ann
I quite enjoyed this book! It's a little bit mystery, a little bit fantasy, there's a little magic and a little romance, all set in the early 1800's England.

The story takes place around cousins Cecelia and Kate, one goes to London for the summer, the other remains in the country. Their correspondence begins ordinarily enough (what tea party had been attended, or the trouble with hand-me-down dresses), but you get a sense very early on that Cecelia and Kate are kindred spirits and that there's mo
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Rebecca
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Kathryn
When Cecy is forced to stay behind in the countryside when her cousin (and dearest friend) Kate goes to London for all the parties and social connections of the season, a correspondence ensues to keep one another informed of all the delicious goings-on of friends and family members, fashion trends and the like. However, they are also intelligent young women and soon the plot begins to thicken as two seemingly unrelated "suspicious incidents" involving maddening-yet-charming young men and bouts o ...more
Amy
As the title states, this is a book of letters between two young ladies in England in the post-Napoleonic war era. In many ways, it reads like a 'typical' regency romance novel. Two young girls are corresponding; one is in London for the season, the other has been deemed too immature and likely to get in trouble and so remains on the country estate. The letters are filled with descriptions of items of clothing, dance, and people typical of that era.

The twist is the inclusion of magic. In this wo
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Carol.
May 05, 2011 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers interested in young adult/ magic/ historical fiction
Bit of a slog at the beginning, which is likely due to my own problems with the story structure. It begins as exchanged letters between two teenage girls, seemingly Victorian era. I can see how this would be attractive to collaborating authors, and fans of letter writing everywhere, but I always have trouble wrapping my head around that kind of narrative. Once it gets going, it gets a little better. The authors do a decent jobs of within-letter asides that help explain things, but it's clearly b ...more
Karene
I enjoyed this book. It's light and entertaining enough to be worth reading despite a few major flaws. To anyone who picks up this book, I would suggest first reading the "Afterword" at the end of the book (it really should have been a "Foreword"). It explains how the book came to be, doesn't contain any plot spoilers, and I think had I read the book with that knowledge I might have enjoyed it even more. My main complaints were, first, that the language in the book is a little too contrived. The ...more
Punk
YA Fiction. I had a lot of trouble getting past the first three pages of this -- it was exposition heavy and did not grab my attention -- but once I gave it another shot, I found it utterly charming. Cousins Cecelia and Kate write each other letters during the summer of 1817, while Kate is in London for the Season and Cecelia is stuck at home in the country. This is another of those Englands that just has magic lying around to spare, no big thing, it's just there, good for fighting off Napoleon ...more
Becky
Jul 16, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Heather
Elisabeth Bennet meets Harry Potter. Well, sort of. I loved, loved, loved this Jane Austen-esque novel that follows the format of letters written between two cousins. Actually, that is how the book was originally written. The two authors adopted the personas and wrote letters to each other, creating the story.

Being Jane Austen-esque, it is of course a romance with much attention paid to social etiquettes and proprieties (and improprieties). However, the magic is largely the intrigue that is thro
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thefourthvine
This book was pretty much made for me. I love epistolary novels (and had played the letter game before reading this), I love light-hearted, humorous stories, I love SF/F, and I love the Regency period.

There are problems with the book, of course - the letter game doesn't make for a perfect novel structure, though I was stunned at how well the two authors here managed to pull it off. And the plot is definitely a bit light. But the voices are delightful and top-notch, and the book is a just a real
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Jess
THIS WAS MY EVERYTHING.

1) Regency
2) Magic
3) Epistolary
4) Romance
5) ALL OF THAT ADDS UP TO ME BEING BLISSFULLY HAPPY

Forever bitter that I couldn't move this ahead. THANKS A LOT, MIREILLE.
Jen
During a gap in my NetGalley reads, I was looking for an interim book and happened on Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the correspondence of two Young Ladies of Quality regarding various Magical Scandals in London and the Country. I liked the cover, and the blurb mentioned The Royal College of Wizards, so I ordered it.

And did it ever surpass my expectations! Set in Regency England, the book is a comedy of manners, a paranormal fantasy, an epistolary novel, and an absol
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Jane Stewart
Liked the plot. Liked the characters and their capers. But I had a problem with the epistolary method. This could have been a really neat novel if written in the traditional way. As it was, I wanted it to be over.

WRITING METHOD:
The entire book consists of letters between Cecy and Kate - an epistolary novel. Therefore most things are “told” not shown, but that is the nature of letters. Each letter has a chatty or gossipy feel talking about clothes, family, friends, and neighbors. The letters also
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Michelle
I stumbled across this book on the bookmobile and absolutely loved it. The entire book is written in letters. there are actually two writers and they each took a character and built the book by reacting to what the other wrote. I think it started as a game.

It's period piece (the content of the letters made me think of Jane Austin with the balls and social gatherings) set in an alternative England where magic is a common part of society. One of the girls, Kate, goes to town for the season and wr
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Vickie
Originally read: So, so many years ago!
Number of times read: Too many to count!!

One of my favorite books of all time. I love this book so hard. It's the perfect blend of all of my favorite genres: Regency England, romance, magic, mystery, sassy/strong heroines. This book is EVERYTHING. It completes me.

I first read the book when I was a freshman in high school. It was out of print at the time (and before ebay/amazon/buying all the things online) so I used to check out my local public library's c
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Mairita
3,5 zvaigznes. Jātiek pāri pirmajām 70 lpp. un tad jau gribas zināt, kas tur īsti ir un kā tas beigsies. Īpatnēji, bet patika.
Allison
This was a fun, fluffy read. It's just what I needed after 4 months of epic epic-ness of my Wheel of Time marathon. Something light, not too deep, but entertaining. It's a Young Adult Regency with a splash or two of magic and a little bit of danger, written in the form of letters between two cousins. Predictable yet enjoyable, especially if you need a break from heavier reading and if you enjoy both Fantasy and Regency historical romance.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Georgette Heyer meets Harry Potter! And it's an epistolary novel!! A little hard to follow - I had trouble keeping the characters straight and could have used a bit more descriptions, but still a lot of fun.
Sadly, its sequel, The Grand Tour is awful, as the girls play passive roles, and merely report on the actions of their husbands as they travel through Europe.
Kassandra
Jun 02, 2015 Kassandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kassandra by: Elevetha
This was so much fun! Just an adorable, enjoyable read. Both Kate and Cecelia's adventures are engaging and entertaining, and the fact that this was written by two authors actually writing letters to each other - that's just awesome. :D
Hana
Píše sa rok 1817, mágia je reálna vec a vyzerá to tak, že dovtedy nerozlučné sesternice Cecelia a Kate budú na pár mesiacov rozdelené. Ich tety totižto usúdili, že je pre dievčatá ten správny čas urobiť debut v Londýnskej spoločnosti. Dobre však vedia, že keď sú Cecelia a Kate pohromade robia len neplechu a tak pošlú do Londýna s Kate jej sestru Geoginu, zatiaľ čo Cecelia zostáva sedieť doma na zadku. V Essexe. Celá kniha je poskladaná z korešpondencie, ktorú si medzi sebou posielajú. V úvodných ...more
Beth
This is an epistolary novel (novel in letter form) whose two correspondents are two young girls in 1817 in England. One, Cecilia, is at home in Essex, and the other, her cousin Kate, has gone to London with her beautiful sister Georgina for their first social season.

Now, I knew from the beginning, from reading a review or two, that the novel was written in actual letter form between its two authors. That was all the background I had for it. But after reading a few letters, and knowing from its c
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Tracey
I can't remember when I first heard of this book; it may have been simply through being a fan of both Wrede and Stevermer. I wanted it. A lot. But it was out of print. (*cue tragic music*) I turned to eBay, and as I recall I paid over $25 for my paperback copy. I was dismayed by the price – and dismayed when its condition was such that the seller should have been heartily ashamed of him/herself. But regardless of what it looked like, it was mine and I got to read it and I had a wonderful time. I ...more
Katyana
Jan 17, 2011 Katyana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katyana by: Mariel
Shelves: fantasy, historical
***3.5***

This was a fun book. It took me a little bit to get into the narrative style - that of letters exchanged between the 2 heroines, Cecelia and Kate - but after the first 50 or so pages I was hooked in.

I can see that a book like this would be a lot of fun to write. As a reader, there are advantages and disadvantages. I enjoyed the very distinctive voices of Cecelia and Kate, and their commentary on the events as they wrote their letters was both witty and (at times) hilarious.

The biggest d
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Angela
What a fun book! And I found it even more so when I discovered this story actually did develop from letters between the two authors as they were playing a game. My friend described this as Jane Austin meets Harry Potter and I would have to agree. Some recency romance, mystery, and a little magic made for a fun story. I look forward to seeing if the next adventures of cousins Cecelia and Kate are just as much fun.
Lena
This book is a lovely little delight. 19th century cousins Kate & Cecy are separated when Kate is brought to London by her aunt for her debut season. But the young ladies keep each other informed of the active happenings in their lives through frequent correspondence.

Given that the high society the cousins inhabit is one in which induction into the College of Wizards calls for many social formalities, there is plenty for them to talk about. Their magic-tinged stories unfold in parallel in a
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Zoe
Imagine a Jane Austen styled epistolary social drama about two cousins, their domineering aunts, and the society in both the country and London. Now, add just a little magic. That's the premise of this unusual and fantastic novel, which started as a letter game between two well known authors well versed in the fantasy world with interests in the Napoleonic era.
What I enjoyed the most about this was the way they both really nailed the sentence structure of the day, but still drew you in with mod
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MacK
You can tell when an author is just having fun. Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer clearly had a lot of fun while writing the epistolary first entry in their Cecelia and Kate series. A fondness for Georgian England, for magic, for poking holes in assumptions of gender roles, and for love triumphant suffuses all the pages of the book and makes it a quick and delightful read.

This might be the first time where I've seen the epistolary format (where the story is told through letters) worked for
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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