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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
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Oct 28, 2010

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bookshelves: fantasy, mannerpunk
Read in January, 2010

This is an interesting combination of genres. There are parts of it that are Austen-like and parts of it are like Jane Eyre and parts of it are like those historical-fantasy books by Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner. The central character is Ivy Lockwell, a born bookworm who after experiencing a failed romance and a tragic loss, goes to become a governess and discovers her secret heritage--and a way to protect her homeland, the kingdom of Atlantia, from a horrible supernatural invasion. The secondary characters in this book are also very well drawn, and there are plenty of them. A sequel is forthcoming ths fall.

Wikipedia tells me this is the mannerpunk / fantasy of manners subgenre of fantasy. It also tells me that Galen Beckett is a pseudonym for fantasy author Mark Anthony. I've read some of Anthony's other books and I liked this one better.

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