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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 (co-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)
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    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)
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    Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust (puddleshark)
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    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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    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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    The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett (Anonymous user, MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For commonplace magic and properly brought-up young Englishwomen.
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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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    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Phantasma)
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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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    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (khuggard)

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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 |
This is a fun romantic adventure set in an alternative magical regency England. The narrative is written by two cousins through their letters about balls, young men and women, their irritating siblings and aunts, and attacks by evil magicians.

Regency romances/adventures are one of my guilty pleasures, so I may enjoy this more than most readers. Even thought the narrative format is clever (written by two author friends), I did think the letters stretched credibility sometimes. (I know this is about 200 years ago, but would teen-aged letter writers really write so much dialog in their letters? Would they report everything so objectively?) Also, it causes some issues: two cousins who know each other's friends and relatives don't introduce or explain people and details about their lives that we might want to know more about. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the characters, the magical problems, the relationships, etc. (It's a young adult book, by the way.) ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Kate and Cecelia are cousins living in London in the 1800's in a time when magic exists. Kate has been taken to London for her debut while Cecelia stays behind. The book is a series of letters between the two. I foudn it very interesting that the book started as a game between the two authors and these are letters they wrote to each other in character. It does hold together quite well as a story and i found the book to be quite fun. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This story is told entirely in correspondence through two teen girls just after the Napoleonic Wars in England in a setting where magic exists and is used practically.

I love that this started out as a game between two authors that was then cleaned up for publishing; that makes the concept so much more fun. The characters are engaging, the romances are cute and the adventures are fun. Well worth the quick read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This story is told entirely in correspondence through two teen girls just after the Napoleonic Wars in England in a setting where magic exists and is used practically.

I love that this started out as a game between two authors that was then cleaned up for publishing; that makes the concept so much more fun. The characters are engaging, the romances are cute and the adventures are fun. Well worth the quick read. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wrede, Patricia C.co-authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevermer, CarolineAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
D'moch, LydiaDesignersecondary 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 015205300X, Paperback)

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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