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Lady of Magick (2015)

by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

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Not as good as book 1, not sure if writing (style) needs more development ( )
  libgirl69 | Jan 20, 2017 |
Sylvia Izzo Hunter brought both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life *in "The Midnight Queen," her debut novel of history, magic, and myth. Now, in her new Noctis Magicae novel, Sophie and Gray Marshall are ensnared in an arcane plot that threatens to undo them both.
In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie's hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test. ( )
  Jawin | Mar 26, 2016 |
This is even better than the first book! I love the world-building, I love the characters, and I love the plots. Strongly recommended! ( )
  ronincats | Mar 22, 2016 |
Two years after the events of THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Sophie and Gray Marshall are living and working at Merlin College in Oxford. As the long-lost Princess Royal, Sophie finds her new status chafing, but makes slow headway at being accepted as a "normal" student. Gray receives an invitation to teach a course on shape-shifting in Alba, and the make the transfer north.

They settle in, with Sophie still hiding her new, uncomfortable rank, but eventually feels secure enough to allow some people to know the truth. As time passes, and the famine in Alba spreads, things become dark and troubling. As Joanna makes plans to make the trek north to visit, bringing her newfound friend Gwendolyn Pryce, Sophie considers telling her to remain in London for her own safety: darkness rides the land and foreign mages are going missing.

This is a fantastic read. If you loved the first book in the series, do not pass this one up. If you haven't read THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN yet, run out and get it so you can go straight into LADY OF MAGICK without missing a beat. ( )
  anneb10 | Sep 7, 2015 |
This second book in the Noctis Magicae series was as wonderful as the first. Sophie Marshall is a second year student at Merlin College and married to Gray who is a lecturer there. While she very much enjoys the chance to learn about magick, she does not enjoy the prejudice and attention that is paid to her as one of the few female students and the long lost daughter of the King.

When Gray is offered a position as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin in the country of Alba and Sophie offered a position as a student there, they are eager to accept. However, Alba and Britain are separate countries and relations between them are somewhat tense. Sophie loves the university and is glad to meet and make friends with other female scholars. But the political situation isn't good. The land is suffering from some ills - crop failures and illness in some animal herds - and magickal interference is being blamed.

Tensions escalate when it is learned that the next Chieftain of the clans, Lucia MacNeill a fellow student of Sophie's, has become betrothed to Roland, Sophie's half brother and second in line to the throne in Britain, there are protests that threaten to grow into riots. The political factions that see this as Britain's attempt to conquer Alba are very unhappy.

Meanwhile, Joanna who is Sophie's sister is busy in London learning diplomacy from her guardian Sieur Germain de Kergabet who is an adviser to King Henry and Lord President of His Majesty's Privy Council. Joanna is on the inside knowing about the marriage plans of Roland, who has a monster crush on her, and Lucia MacNeill. Joanna is also planning a visit north to visit her sister and Gray.

Shortly before Joanna's arrival, Gray is kidnapped though, at first, it is assumed that he has been called home because of his father's illness. Time is lost because of the need to give him time to travel from Alba to the south of Britain but when a second letter is received, Sophie knows that something is very wrong. She learns that other foreign mages have also disappeared. She is determined to find her husband. In fact, she must find her husband because the longer he is away from her the more sick she becomes. Their marriage had linked their magick together. If she can't find him, they will both die.

This was a wonderful story. The world building was amazing. I loved the combination of magick and political intrigue. I also loved the growing relationship between Gray and Sophie as they adjust to being married. Sophie is a wonderful character who has immense magickal talent but no desire to use it for political gain.

This book will be going on my Keeper Shelf along with the first book in the series - THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 31, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042527246X, Paperback)

Sylvia Izzo Hunter brought “both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life”* in The Midnight Queen, her debut novel of history, magic, and myth. Now, in her new Noctis Magicae novel, Sophie and Gray Marshall are ensnared in an arcane plot that threatens to undo them both.
 
In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.
 
Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray—he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.

*National Bestselling Author Juliet Marillier 

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:32:38 -0400)

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