Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Title: Magic Below Stairs
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
Pages: 208
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.
Tags: books 2010, fiction
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.