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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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    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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    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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This is a fun book! ( )
  jenngv | Jun 25, 2015 |
This is a cute story about two girls, cousins, that tell a story through letters. It pays homage to Jane Austin, with gentlemen that are aloof, but secretly in love with the heroine, and the heroine, not realizing that she is falling for the oafish bore.

The story is quite simple - and a reader will figure out how the book will end with the first quarter. This isn't to say its a bad book - the writing is quite well done, the authors manage to portray strong girls confined to a restrictive 17th century world.

The magic is actually quite subdued - while there are big magical battles, the story is mostly character driven. Solutions happen without magic, and the protagonists think before acting. Its refreshing to see a book with intelligent characters.

However, it isn't perfect. The story is too perfect at times, and it can be difficult to figure out who is who. Also, I am still not sure of the relationship of the cousins - there seems to me a lot of orphaned kids living with aunts and uncles.

The book is entertaining, but not necessarily especially deep. As a highschool kid, I would have thought this book amazing, but as an adult, I found it a good read, perfect for a lazy afternoon. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jun 7, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. A little bit of mystery, a lot of magic and a soupcon of romance. And a good bit of humor. Can't beat it. I'm now going to check out the sequel. I'm finding getting some use out of Kindle Unlimited. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jun 1, 2015 |
Nicely frivolous. ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
This young adult book dizzied me at first with the sheer number of names. It was rather difficult to keep straight who was who and where. However, I soon settled in to enjoy the whimsical voices of the two cousins as they use correspondence to tell their tales. Cecelia is stuck at home in the country while her cousin Kate is in London making her debut. It's a Regency setting, so the book very much revolves around propriety, balls, and the Ton. The addition here is magic--and a very important chocolate pot.

It's a cute book, especially when you reach the end and realize it was entirely a whimsical writing exercise by the two authors, not something intended for publication. The romances develop in a very proper (though predictable) way. It's the kind of book that leave you with a smile on your face. ( )
  ladycato | Dec 17, 2014 |
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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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