Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
📖 Q: what’s everyone currently reading? I just finished Manda Collins’s An Heiresses’s Guide to Deception & Desire.
Rave reviews sent me running to request Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light & I don’t regret it.
This is a scrumptious fantasy to savor featuring a gruff, prickly magician paired with an amiable non-magician who just might have a little unknown power, a something something, of his own 👀 .
Sir Robert “Robin” Blyth, member of the Civil Service, has just been transferred to the Office of Special Domestic Affairs & Complaints when the off-putting Edwin Courcey—a member of the magical community who’s widely derided for the small amount of magic he possesses—asks where Robin’s predecessor in the position is.
Robin doesn’t know.
But Robin wants to find out for himself when he’s magically kidnapped one evening & tortured as his captors look for info regarding a “Contract.”
With world-building that kept me feeling “ohhhh,” a relationship that starts bumpy (my fave kind of beginning 🤣) & continues bumpy-ish but also enjoys growing closeness, & a story & mystery that captivates & entertains, A Marvellous Light is a fun one.
I really love reading romances with unlikeable leads who lash out bc they’re scared of feelings & love & vulnerability & this book has that & more (including another lead who wears his sweet heart on his sleeve).
Imagine a fantasy that really sucks you in—a la Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, as the blurb says—plus some fantastic and all too-appreciated 🔥 🔥 🔥 & you have this one. It is a real delight & I’m so looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!
5 ⭐️. Release date: 11/02.
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