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Sorcery and Cecelia (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Patricia Wrede, Caroline Stevermer

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Member:Lostshadows
Title:Sorcery and Cecelia
Authors:Patricia Wrede
Other authors:Caroline Stevermer
Info:Ace (1988), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 197 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read 2012 (inactive)
Rating:*****
Tags:Historical, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

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Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede (Author) (1988)

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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (fyrefly98, ThatArtGirl)
    fyrefly98: Both have the same "Jane-Austen-meets-Harry-Potter" vibe to them; "Jonathan Strange" is denser and more grown-up, while "Sorcery & Cecelia" is funnier and more of a romp.
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    Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede (infiniteletters)
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    Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede (amberwitch)
  4. 71
    Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (trollsdotter)
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    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (Pagemistress)
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    Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce (foggidawn)
  7. 40
    Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (sandstone78, Jean_Sexton)
    Jean_Sexton: Both take place in a Regency England where magic works.
  8. 41
    Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (keristars)
    keristars: These are somewhat similar - a Regency-era girl discovers that she has magic ability by accident and then gets into a bit of an adventure as a result. S&C is more of a mystery/romance/adventure while Kat is a do-gooder Emma type. In my biased opinion, the Burgis book is far and away the better of the two, but if you liked one, you're likely to enjoy the other.… (more)
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    Arabella by Georgette Heyer (allisongryski)
    allisongryski: Let me preface this recommendation by acknowledging that Arabella does not have the fantasy element of Sorcery & Cecilia. However, I think many readers of S & C will enjoy this excellently written Regency story, following the impetuous, charming Arabella when she goes to London for the Season. There is some light romance, similar in tone to that in S & C, but the story is more focused on the characters and the humour in their interactions and misadventures.… (more)
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    Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust (puddleshark)
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    Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix (rarm)
    rarm: Sorcery and Cecelia was the first Regency-set fantasy I read, and still my favorite. Of the ones I've read since then, Newt's Emerald resembles it most, perhaps because they both draw on Heyer as much as Austen.
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    Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: A similar fun historical fantasy feel. Bewitching Season has twins Persephone & Penelope Leland using their (secret) magical skills to protect the teenaged princess Victoria from a dastardly magical plot.
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    joiedelivre: Another fantasy of manners, but set in an interplanetary milieu.
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    Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Both books contain letter correspondence, and they also both have supernatural/fantasy elements. Likable girls as the main characters.
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What a great book! I had started it lo these many decades (early 90's), gave it to a friend, and never picked it up again until Shelfari peaked my interest with the Historical Fiction August 2013 readalong.

The entire idea behind it, of two cousins writing letters to one another during the London Season, was magnificent. The authors never knew what the plot was going to be . . . until they wrote the letters and read the letter the other author sent them! While the characters took a little while to straighten out (James vs. Thomas, who was doing what where), the action was straight out of Jane Austen and Regency England and fit quite nicely into a slower, but not necessarily nicer, way of life.

Magic, chocolate, and London gowns . . . what more could one ask for on a slow summer's day? ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
A charming romance in a historical fantasy setting told through letters between two cousins. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, but otherwise I found it thoroughly enjoyable. ( )
  Katya0133 | May 28, 2016 |
Oh man this book was so cute! Surprisingly, I really liked that it was told in letters instead of alternating P.O.V.s

This story had everything I was hoping for: a great female friendship, magic, romance, action and adventure in spades. It had me laughing out loud and frantically flipping pages to see what was going to happen next! ( )
  hawaiianmermaid701 | Apr 14, 2016 |
A fantastical, young adult version of Austen’s Lady Susan and [b:Love and Freindship|386550|Love and Freindship|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174356364s/386550.jpg|3937], or Burney’s Evelina, this is the story of two young girls who encounter Society, dangerous magical artifacts, and True Love. It is told through a series of letters between the two girls. It’s a fun, light read, and I especially recommend it for anyone yearning for a little more Austen.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Really fun historical fiction novel that feels like a combination of Jane Austen and Harry Potter. Written as letters between Cecilia and her cousin Kate, the plot unfolds as Kate is sent into London for her debut season. Things take a turn with the appearance of several strange characters and bizarre occurrences that involve magic.

Great for students who appreciate historical fiction, but also want a little action and romance. Ages 11-15. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wrede, Patricia C.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevermer, CarolineAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
D'moch, LydiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eismann, KellyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fischer, Scott M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, CoreyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The authors wish to dedicate this book to Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Ellen Kushner, all of whom, in their several ways, inspired us to create it.
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Dearest Kate, It is dreadfully flat here since you have been gone, and it only makes it worse to imagine all the things I shall be missing.
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In 1817, in England, two cousins, Cecelia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards. [Library of Congress summary]
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A great deal is happening in London and the country this season.

For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is.

Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!

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In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.

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