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The House on Durrow Street

(Mrs. Quent #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,138 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Her courage saved the country of Altania and earned the love of a hero of the realm. Now sensible Ivy Quent wants only to turn her father’s sprawling, mysterious house into a proper home. But soon she is swept into fashionable society’s highest circles of power—a world that is vital to her family’s future but replete with perilous temptations.

Yet far greater danger lies be

Paperback, 685 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Spectra Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Soo I kinda wanted to give this 4 stars, but I'm struggling because the ENDING was really nice, but it was SO HARD to start the book, the first 1/4th was almost making me give up because of structure stuff. Part of that is because it has been a while since I read the first in this series, so I guess there's that, but I consider it part of the author's job to give a recap, or at least write a BIT of refresher for people who liked the previous book but don't wanna go back and read the whole thing. ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
Last year I read and really enjoyed The Magicians and Mrs. Quent - so much so that it ended up being in my top 10 for books I read that year.

This book, based on the rating, was still good, generally, but it was lacking in a lot of ways.

For one, it was a very slow build. Now, I can appreciate this sometimes, and I think with the tone of the book - the whole faux-Jane Austen thing - it both generally works and makes sense, but that didn't stop me from, time to time, especially in the beginning, wo
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
While acknowledging its fault I very much enjoyed the precursor to this title -- The Magicians and Mrs. Quent -- there was enough wit to the drawing room and interest to the socio-political and class dynamics to forgive some of its faults. And it looked like this was going to an interesting place.

Sadly, that's not what happens. All the faults of the first book are magnified here and what's worse are delivered in almost 700 pages of text. The book is slack -- in its plotting, in its characteriza
The lackluster sequel to The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. The first book was an uninspired mashup of Jane Eyre and Pride&Prejudice that became interesting near the end. This book didn't have the crutch of using another author's ideas, which I assume explains why the first hundred pages were so slow and repititious. I'm sure the plot eventually gets underway, but the first 100 pages are simply the following elements repeated ad nauseum:
--Mrs.Quent is vaguely puzzled by clearly magical happening
Paula Kalamaras
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
so far it's a fine sequel to the delightful and magical, "Mrs. Quent and the Magicians". I have to go back and read that one, as I am feeling a bit lost as there are a lot of characters being developed. The only thing I am not thrilled with is that Galen Beckett, who claimed Mrs. Quent was his debut novel is really a pseudonym for another more established writer, so I felt a little cheated. But I do like this book so far and will gladly read the third one when it is released
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just had to rush out and buy this book within days after I read The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. I needed to know what was going to happen next! I'm happy to admit I was not disappointed, not one whit. This book lived up to my expectations, the characters were the same interesting people I had come to care for, if not a little better. Ivy was her same smart and good self, and a little stronger in character. She finds more power within herself in this book. Mr. Quent, the few brief times he appear ...more
Katharine Kimbriel
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, history
This book is recommended for folk who like their fantasy subtle, thick, and intricate. Think Charlotte Bronte with magic, only this is a novel in that spirit, not a pastiche. Beckett wondered what would happen if a fantastical cause lay under the social constraints and limited choices of Bronte and Austen’s heroines? This world is the result, a British/European-flavored stew with a varying planet rotation that causes long days and nights peppered with short ones – sleep cycles clearly not in tun ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Ivy has more than she could ever have wished for. When she went to Heathcrest Hall she had hoped to earn enough money to open up the family house on Durrow Street and remove her sisters from odious familial obligations. Now returned to Invarel she has opened up her old home, with her husband and former employer Mr. Quent by her side. The house undoubtedly belonged to a magician, but to
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me six years to get around to book 2 in this series. But a feverish cold, a day in bed, and a lukewarm cup of tea proved to be the perfect accompaniment to this fantasy. The author's weird world charmed, the multiple plot strands all end nicely crossed, and the touch of Lovecraft spiced up the Jane Austen sensibility.
Mel B.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
After scanning a couple of previous reviews, I struggled with my own. I think this book was more solid in some ways -- I no longer had to wonder what the three main characters, Ivy, Rafferdy and Eldyn Garritt had to do with each other. I mean, certainly, they were all interrelated in some small way always, but not enough to write a lengthy tome around. But Garritt's presence becomes far more necessary, and in fact, more interesting, in this second novel. [return][return]I am highly irritated by ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Rating: 4 cups

In lyrical Regency style, this story winds through a fantastic world historically similar enough to ours to draw the reader in, yet with intricate rules all its own. A slow building story, it is somewhat frustrating at times when things finally start to happen, and Ivy decides that she will go to the Park or otherwise do something that she feels Society requires rather than something interesting to the plot. Also, the reader is left with a burning desire to see her husband die and
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Galen Beckett continues his winning streak with his second amazing book!

Ivy, Rafferdy and Eldyn face new challenges and grow as people through this second book and you grow to love them as characters more and more.

Mr. Beckett is a phenominal writter that has a fresh and wonderful creativity that captures a reader and holds them fast til the very last word. I can only wait with VERY high anticipation for his third book in the series to come out in March 2012!
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Just. What a disappointment. This had so much promise, but it ended up silly, incoherent and dumb. Plot threads dropped like flies, enraging characterizations, a total buying-into of the Empire and all it does, weird social issues brought up and never addressed, SURPRISE EXPOSITION out of nowhere at the very end... I can't believe I read this. I wanted to be able to justify all the time I sank into it, but in the end, I can't even care.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book probably should have focused less on the manners and morals of the time and more on the plot - but alas, since it failed to pay sufficient attention to the plot, the author ended stealing the same plot devices from the first book to save the day in this one.

It made the book terribly predictable. Bah.

The Relationships: I'd have to say that one of this book's biggest strengths is the changing relationship dynamics. I've gotten immensely bored with the fact that so many Happily Ever Afters end at the altar, or get into an endless yoyo of on-again off-again, or just get turned into one long slog of diabetes-inducing saccharine. So yes, I liked this. It was nice to see Ivy and Mr. Quent's quiet devotion to each other, their willingness to take on problems one at a time, and the new dynamic
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best "2nd in a trilogy" books I've ever read. I can only hope the 3rd book will be as good.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The plot was decent, but the whole book was so slow paced that I really had to force myself to get through it. Much like book 1, and I won't be reading book 3.
Donna Whitmire
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story is excellent. The book is a nice slow read.
I wasn't so fond of this series after the first book, although I liked it. But I'm enjoying it a lot more this time around.
Becca Debus
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite something of a slow start, this book was a great continuation of its predecessor and a good read in its own right.

The Quents and the Lockwells are settling in to the old house on Durrow Street but it is a bit eerie and unsettling. Ivy is fascinated by the mysterious old house and the history behind some of the hidden wonders which have been uncovered during renovation. When she discovers her father's journal, she relishes the chance to learn more about him and his magickal studies. The days are growing shorter and the mysterious new red planet is coming ever closer. Ivy learns that her father left more clue
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Wish I could give this one two and a half stars. I am caught between "Didn't like it" and "liked it."

Over all, the story was interesting. We get to revisit the characters we met in the first book. However, the momentum of the story really lacked in this one. There was a lot of 'waiting' for something to happen.

Mr. Quent was rarely in the story, and hardly seemed part of the family. Same with Mr. Lockwell, whom, while the issue was semi-resolved, was mostly left to languish in the sanitarium un
The House on Durrow Street is the sequel to Magicians and Mrs Quent and 2nd volume in the trilogy; despite its 700 page length, i was a bit upset that the novel ended - though the ending was fitting - and i really, really want the announced trilogy ending Master of Heathcrest ?? now

While the first installment had elements of both Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, this one is very original, moving away completely from the classics and into pure fantasy with magic, illusions and "witchcraft" and
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May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a sequel to The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, and also seeks to replicate (with considerable success) the atmosphere and society of Regency-era Britain, only in a fantastical alternate world.

Beckett does not attempt to explain why this world has days (called lumenals) of varying length and no discernible seasons, which is probably just as well: accept it and move on. After all, it also has wizards, witches, and hereditary illusionists, along with an imitation High Anglican Church and a Parli
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The first book was one of the best reads of 2008. This is still a great read also, but there is something lacking and something added. We have three protagonists, Mrs. Quent, Rafferdy and Garritt. Just as the first book, we had these three lead us along on adventure.

There are many elements of regency romance in these books and the dialogue is so well done that it adds to the richness of the story. One thing that is not well done is the passing of the responsibilities of the previous generation t
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
A bit of a disappointment after the first book, House on Durrow Street feels about a 100 pages too long and its drawn out nature makes it harder to get into that the first book, which felt like, for all its considerable length, like it was always moving forward. Additionally, a convoluted plot line feels like it's been constructed to justify characters whose stories no longer feel vital- namely, Eldyn- while allowing undeveloped characters- Sashie, the revolutionary students, Rose, Lily and Mr. ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ivy’s world is getting more complicated. Her father has been admitted to an insane asylum, her husband is away much of the time in his work for the king, and the red planet is drawing closer. The slew of other characters introduced in The Magicians and Mrs. Quent also find themselves in awkward positions – thrust into powerful positions they do not need, tempted by magic they do not understand, and deeply involved in political intreague that is becoming more and more about the darkness descendin ...more
Granted, it took me several months to finish this novel, but that is to be blamed on life circumstances and my own wandering attention, rather than any deficit to be found on the part of Mr. Beckett's storytelling abilities. Indeed, after a significant gap of time I was easily able to pick up where I'd left off and fall back into the flow of the story, and the last few hundred pages sped by quickly.

Overall I found The House on Durrow Street to be every bit as satisfying as The Magicians and Mrs.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
One for fans of Jane Austen and fantasy! This is the middle book in the trilogy so you'll need to go back and read The Magicians and Mrs Quent first.

Not as light as Sorcerer to the Crown, and with a style closer in tone to Austen than Heyer, this boasts a large cast of characters who are all compelling enough that you don't mind when the narrative switches between them; in fact it's one of the things that's ensured I've barely put it down since picking it up.

Our protagonist Ivy is now married a
Clay Kallam
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Galen Beckett tries to meld two completely different books into one in “The House on Durrow Street” (Spectra, $16, 677 pages) – and almost succeeds.

In “The House on Durrow Street,” which is the sequel to “The Magicians and Mrs. Quent”, we begin with a Victorian setting in an alternate, magical, England known as Altania, with a structured society, kings, viscounts, society balls and husband and wife calling each other “Mr. Quent” and “Mrs. Quent.” All of this requires some authorial attention, an
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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.

Other books in the series

Mrs. Quent (3 books)
  • The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (Mrs. Quent, #1)
  • The Master of Heathcrest Hall (Mrs. Quent, #3)
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