Author: Caroline Stevermer
Series: This seems to be a spin-off from the Sorcery and Cecilia series. It is not cowritten with Patricia Wrede, nor is it in the form of a Letter Game, but it features many of the same characters.
Genre: Young adult fantasy.
Setting: Post-Napoleon England, in a world where magic is known.
Reason for Reading: I'm pretty much a sucker for YA fantasy set in this time period.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: June 2010
Cover: A boy in a cravat stands before a fireplace. A snake made of smoke lurks behind him.
First line: "In which Frederick makes himself useful."
Best part: It was really funny. I also enjoy it when minor characters get to take the lead in later books - this book was actually in my view much better than The Mislaid Magician, which features the original leading characters of the series.
Worst part: I wanted it to be much longer than it was. Over too quickly!
Imaginary Theme Song: "Scarborough Fair" has some of the old-fashioned feel of the book.
Grade: B. I would read it again but not right this minute.
Recommended for: Any reader over the age of ten who likes magic or Harry Potter.
Related Reads: Sorcery and Cecilia, first book in the series this spun off from. Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge. The Book Thief by Cornelia Funke.