by Stephanie Burgis
Series: The Harwood Spellbook #1
Also in this series: Thornbound, Moontangled
Publisher: Five Fathoms Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules...
Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.
Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.
But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks...and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.
To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.
A witty and sparkling romantic fantasy novella that opens a brand-new series from the author of Kat, Incorrigible, Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets.
*Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook *
Isn’t this cover lovely? Regency clothes, mention of magic, heck yeah! Let’s do this!
I saw this recommended on Twitter a few times, and after reading the first few chapters on the author’s website, I simply HAD to keep reading. Regency house party? Sweet! Role reversal (women are the politicians while men are the magicians)? Oh heck yeah! Fae and magic and trolls and secrets? Swoon! Adorable romance where the hero actually respects the heroine? More more more! Basically, if you can’t tell, this ticked all the boxes for me. The bad part? It’s a novella, which means it ended way sooner than I wanted it to.
In summary, this novella is lovely, but so short! It’s all the best bits of historical romance with all the best bits of fantasy. I’m very much looking forward to the next one!
5 out of 5 magical stars.