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The Grand Tour, or, The Purloined Coronation…

The Grand Tour, or, The Purloined Coronation Regalia: being a revelation… (2004)

by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer

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Series: Sorcery and Cecelia (2)

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I finally finished reading The Grand Tour (the sequel to Sorcery and Cecilia) and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As the four main characters are together in their adventure this time the story is far more coherent. The characters are allowed to interact from the get go rather than waiting for the details to slowly filter through the back and forth letters. This time the story is told in diary form (again from Cecy and Kate's POV's) and all I can say is that Cecy and Kate are far better diary writers than letter writers! I also found the plot stronger. I'm glad I made it through the first book so I could appreciate the second book. Readers who haven't read Sorcery and Cecilia, will be able to enjoy The Grand Tour. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 23, 2014 |
I thought it was a serious let down after The Enchanted Chocolate Pot. The story just isn't as interesting, and neither is the fact that it's a diary rather then letters. ( )
  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
Kate, Thomas, Cecelia, and James go on their honeymoon together - the "Grand Tour" of Europe. However, trouble of a magical nature seems to follow them wherever they go, and none of them is the type to sit back and not fight against bad guys, whether they be power-hungry magicians or Bonapartists.

The same things that made Sorcery & Cecelia so great are the ones that make this sequel fall a bit flat (comparatively). Kate and Cecelia have complementary personalities, which is great! And they fell in love with and married men who have complementary personalities to themselves, which is also great! However, it results in Cecelia being a lot like Thomas and Kate being a lot like James, and they end up having a lot of conversations with and spending time alone with each other's husbands. It is both a) confusing and b) a little weird. Also, the epistolary format that was so spectacular and original in the first book is just awkward when the girls are physically together for the majority of the novel.

However, the writing was good, the plot was good, and the ending was excellent, so I'm eager to read the next installment. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jun 12, 2013 |
Still love these characters. The "newness" of getting to know them can't exist in a sequel, of course. This gets extremely exciting now and then as the first one did and the authors still do the more mundane in an entertaining manner. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
Properly two-and-a-half stars, really. Great fun, but with enough technical problems to detract noticeably — I blame Wrede for the tendency toward infodumps, as many of her books include them; distinguishing between Kate and Cecy & James and Thomas is a lot harder than it needs to be; and there is no way you could understand above half of what is going on without having read [b:Sorcery and Cecelia|64207|Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)|Patricia C. Wrede|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328875743s/64207.jpg|505]. Alas. ( )
  cricketbats | Apr 18, 2013 |
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Wrede, Patricia C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevermer, Carolinemain authorall editionsconfirmed
D'moch, LydiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Douglas, AllenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eismann, KellyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, PatriciaMap designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In 1817, two cousins take a honeymoon "Grand Tour of the Continent" with their new husbands and become entangled in a mysterious plot to create a magical Emperor of Europe. [Library of Congress summary]
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In this elegant, old-fashioned rambler, a sequel to the historical fantasy Sorcery and Cecilia, a party of five Brits (three of them are wizards)--Kate and Thomas Schofield, Cecy and James Tarleton, and Lady Sylvia--takes a "grand tour" of 19th-century Europe. What promises to be a pleasant exploration of old world antiquities and fancy shops turns out to be an adventure of a lifetime when Cecy receives a mysterious alabaster flask (a coronation treasure) from an agitated Lady in Blue. Before they know it, they are wrapped up in a magical conspiracy to take over Europe.

Written in two voices by two different authors, the novel alternates between Cecy's deposition and excerpts from her dear friend and cousin Kate's diary. Despite the crisp, clever dialogue and wonderful character subtleties in this Jane Austen-style comedy of manners, readers may be confused by the episodic nature of the novel whose mysteries take their sweet time in unfolding. Teens with the patience to savor this slow-as-molasses grand tour, however, will be amply rewarded by the novel's myriad delights. (Ages 14 and older) --Karin Snelson

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In 1817, two English cousins take a honeymoon "Grand Tour of the Continent" with their new husbands and become entangled in a mysterious plot to create a magical Emperor of Europe.

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