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The Master of Heathcrest Hall (edition 2012)

by Galen Beckett

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Title:The Master of Heathcrest Hall
Authors:Galen Beckett
Info:Spectra (2012), Paperback, 512 pages
Collections:Your library, Books I have read, Books I can lend you
Rating:****
Tags:1-b, 3-read, 4-amazon-new, preordered, A-2012-03, series: ivy lockwell, fiction, fantasy, fantasy of manners, historical fiction, historical fantasy, imprint: spectra, magicians, witches, read 2012, R-2012-04, war, 2-own-parents

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had taken a very long time to read the second book in the series and kind felt less enthusiastic but then I reread the book (finished last night) and started and finished this book today and I'm very please.

This is the Ivy Lockwell trilogy and they really all need to be read together. Luckily all three are out now so if you want are wary of reading series before they are done - you can pick up book one secure in the knowledge that you will be able to lay your hands upon books 2 and 3 easily.

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  sumik | Jul 18, 2013 |
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I wanted so badly to like this third book in the series, but I just couldn't.

It's dull and predictable. The first book had the clever homages to Austen and Bronte, but the continued series tries too hard. I still wish I'd liked it. ( )
  PaperCrystals | Apr 18, 2013 |
Super! Like all the books in the series, this one start slowly and then speeds up like crazy. It got very exciting and there were quite a few revelations. Very good! ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 4, 2013 |
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This was a great conclusion to this trilogy. A great blend of fantasy and victorian fiction Looking forward to more from this author Keeps you guessing who really is the bad guy and will the main character fall to evil with her powers.
  kcordes | Oct 7, 2012 |
The Master of Heathcrest Hall is the third book in the Magicians and Mrs. Quent series following The Magicians & Mrs. Quent and The House on Durrow Street. I’ll try to avoid spoilers but you’ve been warned. It’s a series afterall.

Ivy Quent is living a calm and happy life with her husband, Mr. Quent, and her sisters. Her husband’s star is rising and things are going very well for them personally. Suddenly, their calm life takes a turn, and Ivy, who has been successful with the help of her husband in hiding her magical abilities, begins to find the task difficult especially when questions are being raised by prominent members of society. Things in the city begin changing fast. War is imminent, spies crawl all over the city looking for people to turn in, and soldiers begin occupying the city waiting for it to come under siege. Lord Rafferty, a close friend of Ivy’s, is doing what he can behind the scenes as a member of Parliament but his efforts seem trivial compared to what he is up against. Eldyn Garritt, the illuminist, has turned spy and using his skills to help the realm. It’s only when Ivy, Lord Rafferty, and Eldyn come together does the realm stand a chance.

It took me a very long time to read this book. I think I may have waited too long in between book and found myself wondering about a few details here and there but it wasn’t anything major. My big problem was that I felt it just took long for things to happen. Flipping between Ivy, Lord Rafferty, and Eldyn, and seeing all of their stories and what they were going through was interesting but it took a long time for the three to come together. This wasn’t something specific to the third book but something with all three in the series for me.

The world building is interesting though and that was the reason I continued with the series. The magical parts are solid and the way it’s integrated it in the story makes it feel normal in the course of these characters’ lives. They just don’t discover they have these abilities all of a sudden, it grows and changes. I also enjoyed the Austen-esque feel of the series --- the etiquette, the dress, the manners. Austen feel mixed with fantasy, well, yes please. It’s a yes with a but though. I’m glad I finished the series because I was interested to see where the story would go after book two, and I was satisfied with the ending. I didn’t lack for answers and didn’t think the story needed more. It was a story finished. And here’s the but part, it was a slow read for me. I’m qualifying this but statement with a for me because that’s the case. I’ve read reviews of this book that loved the pacing and the way the story drew out the lives of the characters. It didn’t work so much for me on that end.

This was an average read for me but it’s an interesting world, the magic is a likable element and feels very much a part of the world and not something apart from it. The characters are likable but I wish they had more opportunity to interact. Their lives don’t permit that to happen often, understandable part of the story actually but it would have been more interesting if they had. If you like fantasy with a hint of Austen-esque manners, give it a try and don’t let time lapse between reads. I think these books are meant to be read successively for full affect. ( )
  justabookreader | Aug 30, 2012 |
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Even as her husband is about to attain undreamed-of power, Ivy Quent fears for her family’s safety. With war looming and turmoil sweeping the nation of Altania, Ivy finds the long-abandoned manor on the moors a temporary haven. But nowhere is really safe from the treachery that threatens all the Quents have risked to achieve. And an even greater peril is stirring deep within the countryside’s beautiful green estates. As Ivy dares an alliance with a brilliant illusionist and a dangerous lord, she races to master her forbidden talents and unravel the terrible truth at the heart of her land’s unrest—even as a triumphant, inhuman darkness rises to claim Altania eternally for its own.

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"Even as her husband is about to attain undreamed-of power, Ivy Quent fears for her family's safety. With war looming and turmoil sweeping the nation of Altania, Ivy finds the long-abandoned manor on the moors a temporary haven. But nowhere is really safe from the treachery that threatens all the Quents have risked to achieve. And an even greater peril is stirring deep within the countryside's beautiful green estates. As Ivy dares an alliance with a brilliant illusionist and a dangerous lord, she races to master her forbidden talents and unravel the terrible truth at the heart of her land's unrest--even as a triumphant, inhuman darkness rises to claim Altania eternally for its own"--… (more)

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