A Marvellous Light
Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ exces ...more
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I really loved the world and characters of A Marvellous Light (shout out to one of my favourite tropes - the magical house - and Sutton Cottage) and this first instalment sets up the rest of the series well. Secret society ...more
"I'd like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you."
- I have been loving this delicious book from the very first page onwards, but I think this particular line (thought - but not spoken - by one of the heroes about the other) was the exact moment when I fell head over heels FOREVER. <3 <3 <3
I am DEVOURING this novel!
Finished now, and oh, I LOVED it and think so many other peo ...more
3 ½ stars (rounded up because twas fun & gay)
“I am nothing like you, and yet I feel more myself with you.”
Part cute/steamy romance, part historical fantasy romp, A Marvellous Light is a delightful debut novel.
A Marvellous Light is likely one of the best romances to come out in 2021. I really had a blast with this novel! While Freya Marske’s historical setting and the magical system is not quite as detailed & complex as Susanna Clarke's in Jonathan Strange ...more
A Marvellous Light takes place in the early 1900s England and focuses on two men, Edwin Courcey and his newly appointed civil service liaison, Robert (Robin) Blythe. Rob ...more
I’d give this 100 stars if GR would allow me.
If I could compare it to any other book (and I hate to, it's so beautiful on it’s own), its like Witchmark by CL Polk, meets Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh.
A Marvellous Light throws you in a world of hidden magic during the Edwardian era, filled with murderous hedge mazes, and mysterious fog men. It’s also full of romance between a non-magical baron working at the Home Office, and his counterpart in the magical bureaucra ...more
I had a coworker looking forward to this book, and seeing the Alix Harrow blurb, I had to download it! Edwardian gay magicians, pretty cover, what’s not to love?
A Marvellous Light follows two men, Robin and Edwin, in an Edwardian London with magicians. After a clerical error, non-magical Robin gets put in a government position that investigates magical circumstances and is supposed to keep them quiet so people ...more
Edwin and Robin are lovely characters whose dynamic is exciting and so much fun to read! The story is all tight up neatly into a magical Edwardian England setting with aristocratic families, magical intrigue, and so much lovely character building between our two main men!
It's got the charm of Bridgerton with all the dark magic of The Magicians!
There's also plenty of spice for those who love that sort of thing!
I applaud the world building that Freya has done with this book, and I an ...more
I have recently discovered a new love for regency romance, especially if it includes magic and queer love!!!
A Marvellous Light follows the story of Robin and Edwin, as they have to team up to solve the mystery of a missing work colleague and Robin's mysterious curse. When Robin gets a new job as the replacement officer for special affairs in the goverement he is unexpectedly thrown into a world of magic and mystery, with his predecessor (Reggie Gatling) missing and mysterious figures a ...more
When Robin is set upon by unknown attackers and left with a curse which is set to consume his very soul and periodical ...more
This ticked all the boxes for me—magic, mystery, romance, families, libraries and curses and power. Killer hedge mazes! And the list could go on. I closed the book, craving more. (And itching to draw lo ...more
Dazzlingly sharp and enchantingly funny, Freya Marske’s stunning debut takes the charm of Downtown Abbey, adds a dash of magically induced deadly peril and a sizzling LGBTQ+ romance to rival even Brigerton. An Historical Fantasy that simply cannot be missed.
When Young Baronet Robin Blythe agreed to take minor governmental position,he never expected to be appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society—he never expected to discover magic existed at all!
But due to the adminis ...more
Final: 4.5 rounded to 5
A Marvellous Light is one part magical murder mystery, one part posh English country home shenanigans, and one part simmering heat between our two lovable protagonists. It's absolutely delightful and Edwin and Robin are both so wonderfully brilliant. Their relationship and the tension that builds between them makes this whole book.
Marske's writing is witty and engaging, and does a good job of worldbuilding without excessive info dumping. The mag ...more
For me A MARVELLOUS LIGHT has all the notes I adore in my stories from enemies to lovers, ...more
Hush now. There's never a wrong time to bring up Naruto.
This series has started off really amazing. The lushness of the magic world itself, and its denizens, makes me ache for an accidental unbusheling. Okay, so you'll have to read it to understand that comm ...more
Thanks to Tor, Black Crow PR, and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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