Author: Galen Beckett - but wait! That's actually a pen name for Mark Anthony.
Series: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent series, #1
Genre: Manners fantasy.
Reason for Reading: omnia_mutantur told me it was sweet.
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A woman in an Empire dress holds a scroll in her hands. She leans on a table holding a crystal on a wooden stand.
First line: "It was generally held knowledge among the people who lived on Whitward Street that the eldest of the three Miss Lockwells had a peculiar habit of reading while she walked."
Best part: For a manners fantasy, it had more action than you would expect, and the action was compelling.
Worst part: Very twisty plot turns.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Down to You"
Recommended for: mgrasso and anyone who likes manners fantasy.
Related Reads: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke, Sorcery and Cecelia by Wrede and Stevermer
Three impoverished daughters. An entailed estate. A frivolous mother. Combine with a father gone mad with magic, and a dangerous secret.
Really a great read.