Author: Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Series: Sorcery and Cecelia, book three
Genre: YA fantasy, Letter Game
Setting: ... ten years after Sorcery and Cecelia.
Reason for Reading: I really enjoyed Magic Below Stairs and wanted to follow up.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A young girl stares into a scrying bowl. A ray of light emanates from it, illuminating a tower behind her in the distance. In the middle ground a smiling woman strolls through a field with a letter in her hand.
First line: "Dearest Kate, It was splendid to see you and Thomas and your boys again this fortnight past."
Best part: I loved the use of the railroad in this book.
Worst part: It was a little too cloying for me. Everyone is all settled down and cozy, and the antics of children are more interesting to me from the first person perspective. From the perspective of indulgent parents not so much.
Imaginary Theme Song: John Henry by Woody Guthrie
Recommended for: People who like writing about children from the parents' perspective. I know they're out there. They're just not me.
Related Reads: Sorcery and Cecelia, which began the series. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters.