Charlotte knows that she has a talent for magic. She knows that her duty – and legal obligation – is to make her magic known, so that the government can train her talents to be best used for the good of the country. But it’s unsettling that street preachers rant on with dire warnings about the evils of the magical Academy, and besides, Charlotte has other plans for her life: she’s a talented commercial artist, even if as a woman, she has to take her commissions anonymously, and she has plans to marry her fiance. Magicians are required to live a celibate life: not the most enticing inducement.
However, Charlotte’s beloved father has got himself into debt, and when the suspicion arises that the debt collectors that are after him are committing serial murder, Charlotte may have to put her family’s interests before her own.
However, not all is as simple as it seems: some kind of nefarious plot is going on involving magic, and its threads are there to entangle Charlotte no matter which way she turns.
I very much enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to any fan of Victorian/supernatural fantasy. However, I’d have to include the caveat: wait until the sequel is ready. This short book really functions more as an introduction to the characters and the scenario than as a complete story. it doesn’t just end on a cliffhanger – it barely gets into the meat of the conflict! As it’s less than 200 pages; I really feel that the ‘sequel’ should’ve been bundled together with this.
Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are independent and unaffected by the source of the book.