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Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
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it was amazing
bookshelves: competent-female-characters, fantasy, magic, reviewed

“You are one of the very worst examples of a man given too much privilege,” she finally said. “You are one of the most dangerous young women in this city,” he replied calmly.


Utterly wonderful. Emma Newman gets everything about this just pitch perfect.

It's a novella about a young woman in Victorian London trying to hide her illustration career and her magic abilities from her family and the Royal Society of mages. But she finds out that her father is in serious trouble with debtors and her leaky magic skills have been mistakenly attributed to her brother.

There's a whole world created in this little novella, London is grim, dirty and dangerous and the Royal Society make sure that they own and control all mages - forcibly taking them away from their family if they don't give themselves up. Charlotte has the difficult task of saving her father from the debtors whilst keeping herself out of the sights of the society and it makes for an exciting and action-packed short story.

I'm hopeful that this is just the first in a series of short stories about Charlotte's adventures, there's so much more of this word that I want to explore and Charlotte has the potential to be a fab character!

It was time for this rude young woman to make a difference."
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2017 – Shelved
January 9, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: own-and-need-to-read
December 17, 2018 – Started Reading
December 18, 2018 – Shelved as: competent-female-characters
December 18, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 18, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
December 18, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed
December 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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