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A Marvellous Light

(The Last Binding #1)

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.

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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 2nd 2021 by Tordotcom
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    chai ♡
    Raise your hand if you too are intensely interested in a himbo/librarian pairing (but make it gay) and are practically vibrating in barely-leashed excitement to read this book
    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    I cannot find a more apt way to describe A Marvellous Light than by saying it's like top-tier fanfiction - and anyone who's read top-tier fanfiction knows that equates to being a story that's incredibly fun, gorgeously written and includes a significant dose of steamy romance 👀

    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
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    Stephanie
    A note before finishing, because this line caught me so strongly:

    "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
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    luce
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    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
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    Dennis
    I just spent my whole day reading Freya Marske's upcoming fantasy novel A Marvellous Light , and it was, just marvelous! I usually don't read fantasy novels, but I do enjoy magic and gay sex, and this book has BOTH! This book reminds me of The Magicians meets Downton Abbey and I had all the feels while reading this story.

    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
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    Christine Sandquist
    Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    AN UTTER DELIGHT IN EVERY WAY.

    I need to shove this into the hands of every single of of my friends immediately.

    Full review to come!
    Madison
    Sep 16, 2021 rated it liked it
    Can we all agree to put a moratorium on describing every gay book as "the next Red, White & Royal Blue?" It's ridiculous that every m/m romance novel has to exist in relation to an underwhelming (but lucrative) book from two and a half years ago. I recognize that by using RWRB as a comp, publishers are attempting to manifest the kind of financial success McQuiston (and therefore St. Martin's) had, The Secret-style, but it's an utterly meaningless comparison. Literally the only thing these two bo ...more
    Kate
    Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    My favorite of 2021 so far!

    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
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    Brittany Smith
    Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Lex
    Sep 05, 2021 added it
    Shelves: read-in-2021
    This book had that specific vibe I love SO much, which I call ... British magical bureaucracy. That's what I've just decided to call it, anyway. I loved the voice, the characters, the romance, and it's always SUCH a treat to reach the end of a book, realise it's the first in a series and be THRILLED that you get to read more. So funny! So lovely! SO up my alley. ...more
    Alexx
    May 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: anticipated-2021
    Magic. Edwardian England. Conspiracies. Murder mystery. Hidden magical society. Queer. Mmm hmm. I need this!

    Find me elsewhere: Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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    Jordan
    Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    PHENOMENAL!

    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
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    Katy
    Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantasy_2021
    4.5 stars

    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
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    Eva Müller
    >This book was...fun. The magical mystery part was even great fun. The mystery itself was cleverly intertwined with the magical worldbuilding which was intriguing and full of unusual ideas without being so complicated that I felt I needed to make notes to keep track. I also loved that Edwin was great at magical theory but simply didn’t have much magical power. It was a nice change from characters that are either very good at everything or very bad at everything. (And unrelated to magic: Edwin ca ...more
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    Dan Bassett
    Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    When baronet Robin Blyth is thrust into a role that he’s not entirely sure he should be in which his official position being a liaison to a magical society, being veiled away from those of the normal world, he is in awe and astonishment to discover that magic is indeed real but not only that, downright dangerous and hazardous even to those who are highly attuned to these marvels.
    When Robin is set upon by unknown attackers and left with a curse which is set to consume his very soul and periodical
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    Cora
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy, love-stories
    I liked this a lot - like if Naomi Novik and K.J. Charles wrote a book together.
    Jeska
    Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: for-netgalley
    I love sharing a feeling of lostness with a character who has been recently dumped into an unexpected situation, and this book does it right—building the reader’s understanding of the magic system and magical world gradually. It was a deftly woven story, and played out in the most satisfying ways.

    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
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    Laynie Rose
    There is everything and more to love about A Marvellous Light. Charming and enchanting, I was completely swept in by the magic and the romance. The story was warm and intriguing, like I was being told a marvelous story by a dashing stranger by firepit on a cold night. I loved the magic systems and socialite drama, and I especially loved reading about queer history, what it was like to fall in love with the same gender in 1908. I felt so connected to the story, like it was a part of me, something ...more
    Emma
    Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Utter perfection. Review to follow.
    Tiffany Bookwormgram
    Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Might write a longer review later.

    Thanks to Tordotcom for a review copy! I absolutely LOVED this book!
    Regina Wilson
    Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
    "A queer historical fantasy in the tradition of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and Witchmark" - I cannot wait!! :D

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    Natasha
    Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 stars
    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
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    Pei
    Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: tbr-arcs
    Enjoyment: 5/5
    Execution: 4/5
    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
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    Abi Walton
    Freya Marske's A MARVELLOUS LIGHT is one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and unlike a couple this year this did not disappoint. Marske's debut is best described as wonderful fanfiction and I mean this as the highest compliment. We all know that top tier fanfic is an incredibly engaging story, fun, slightly angsty and is incredibly written while playing with tropes we all love in a new and exciting way.

    For me A MARVELLOUS LIGHT has all the notes I adore in my stories from enemies to lovers,
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    thebookiv
    Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This was really good! Certainly frustrating at times, but incredibly well written to the point where you're admiring the geometry of spaces, wallpaper, and the poetry of bodies in action, in love and in magic motion.

    Like Edwardian-Genjutsu.

    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
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    Nicole
    Mmm, this book is just so good--from the exquisite character work to the bright, soft tone of the narrative, from the intricate magic system that's all about consent (!!! the magic is a metaphor!!!) to the deep, aching longing of the romance arc, this book has it all. It is soft and it aches and it is so horny, and it is so damn good. (Steamier than I expected, but not unwelcome--more fantasy novels that have straight-up romance-genre romance, please!) Fans of Witchmark are going to like this on ...more
    Carla
    Sep 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed this book and there were some really beautiful lines within it but I keep reading books and thinking that they’re too long for what they are trying to do. Which is also a problem with my attention span and not necessarily with the book. I just felt like some parts dragged on and that the magic system wasn’t too exciting. While I did like Edwin and Robin a lot, I never got interested in the other characters and so when the villain was revealed I didn’t really have any emotions about it.
    Katie
    Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: lgbtq, net-galley, arc, 2021
    4/5

    This was super fucking cute. I will protect my bookish nerd Edwin at all costs.
    Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
    This book said himbo rights and I'm so here for it. The perfect mix of fantasy, historical, and spicy romance! Full review coming to my blog slightly closer to release!

    Thanks to Tor, Black Crow PR, and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Follow me on my Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.
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    Freya Marske lives in Australia, where she is yet to be killed by any form of wildlife. She writes stories full of magic, blood, and as much kissing as she can get away with, and she co-hosts the Hugo Award nominated podcast Be the Serpent. Her hobbies include figure skating and discovering new art galleries, and she is on a quest to try all the gin in the world. Her debut novel, the queer histori ...more

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