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Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman
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Brother's Ruin

by Emma Newman

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The title appears to be glorifying severe family dysfunction. After a single chapter I found the sickly sweet "he can do no wrong" presentation too nauseating to continue. Let him pay his own consequences, let him grow up, and if that means he goes to jail (or worse), so be it. (note: he has a mustache, he is going to university, he is old enough to carry his own weight). ( )
  jason9292 | Jun 24, 2019 |
The Society for Esoteric Arts are the people who regulate magic in this world and they wield an iron rod. When a new magician is found they are obliged to join the order and contribute to the empire. When you are found and if you are found to be powerful you are bid on by various mages and this can be the difference between gentile poverty heading to bankruptcy and living a good life. This is the case with the Gunns, their son is not powerful, but their daughter is; however the daughter has no value, so their son and daughter have to combine forces to appear more powerful.

Charlotte finds herself caught up in a nefarious plot that could kill her father, she has to buy time but buying time is more complicated than it seems and one of the mages bidding on her brother is a little too interested in her.

I enjoyed this, Emma Newman is an author I enjoy reading. The characters were well drawn and I liked reading about them. They were also quite true to period. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 5, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this novella. Full review to come soon. ( )
  kd_lawson | May 30, 2019 |
In an England whose empire is sustained by magic, those with magical talents have to use them for the Crown no matter what, and can’t marry. Charlotte, an illustrator who loves her fiance, thus is desperate to keep her talent hidden, despite the serious penalties that might be imposed on her family as a result. When her brother is tested for magical talent, and she’s endangered as a result of her investigations into her father’s debt, she’ll have to decide who if anyone she can trust. This wasn’t anywhere near as interesting as Newman’s later work. ( )
  rivkat | Oct 25, 2018 |
Brother’s Ruin is Emma Newman’s brand new fantasy novella set in a Victorian world where mages form a kind of guild, the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts. They owe service to the Crown and can’t have a life outside of the Society. Charlotte (or Charlie) is a young woman with magical and artistic talents who chafes at the confines of her life but is desperate to remain free of the Royal Society. Unfortunately, plot happens and Royal Society mages get invited into her home by her father.

It’s an interesting world, and I liked Charlotte (her brother Ben is harder to like), but I think this is Emma Newman’s weakest work that I’ve read so far. The suspense gets lost in a lot of convenient happenings where too many things just seem to work. I also felt that a lot of the happenings were a little too well telegraphed. That said, I still enjoyed the book, and I’d definitely pick up a sequel to see more of this world and Charlie. I can see the sequels getting much better as the world gets better established and the plot thickens. Although the immediate story is resolved, this really is just a lead into a larger story.

Here’s hoping for more! ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
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For Tim Knight, a wonderful man who knows the value of a good brother
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Charlotte guided her brother to the right position on the pavement, ignoring the glares from other Londoners as they stopped the flow people hurrying about their business.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765393964, Paperback)

The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie's life and their own livelihoods.

But Archie Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect. However, maintaining the charade will mean masquerading as Archie's assistant, and delaying or destroying her own plans for marriage.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.

Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:33:31 -0500)

"The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie's life and their own livelihoods. But Archie Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect."--… (more)

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