Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Top 5 magical regencies

List by Annie

Top 5 Magical Regencies

What’s not to like? Regency period detail – either romance, or Napoleonic War epics – mixed with fantasy elements. Bliss.

Bewitching season / Marissa Doyle
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Annie's comment: Magic, danger, and a touch of romance. Followed by Betraying season.

Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe / by James M. Ward
Possessing latent magical abilities that he hopes will enable him to fulfill his potential, Halcyon Blithe takes on the duties of Midshipwizard aboard a nautical juggernaut, a vessel that harnesses a dragon with seafaring technology.

Annie's comment: Think Hornblower, but with magic and dragons. Followed by Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe.

Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The enchanted chocolate pot / by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
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.

Annie's comment: A sheer delight. Fun, frivolity, romance, dashing heroes and plucky heroines. First in a quartet.

A matter of magic / Patricia C. Wrede
"When a stranger offers her a small fortune to break into a traveling magician’s wagon, Kim doesn’t hesitate. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn’t above a bit of breaking-and-entering. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But when the magician catches her in the act, Kim thinks she’s done for. Until he suggests she become his apprentice; then the real trouble begins. Kim soon finds herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all while trying to learn how to become both a proper lady and a magician in her own right"--Publisher's description.

Annie's comment: Kim’s rough edges make this pair of novels, and the supporting cast, a joy.

Temeraire / Naomi Novik
As Napoleon's tenacious infantry rampages across Europe and his armada lies in wait for Nelson's smaller fleet, the war does not rage on land and water alone. Squadrons of aviators swarm the skies - a deadly shield for the cumbersome canon-firing vessels. Raining fire and acid upon their enemies, they engage in a swift, violent combat with flying tooth and claw... for these aviators ride dragons.

Annie's comment: Bring on the older, scared hero, thrown into an unknown world. Sort of like Cornwell’s Sharpe, but on the high-seas, and with dragons. Again. Dragons make everything cooler, even the Napoleonic Wars. First in a series.


Danielle said...

Cool idea for a list, Annie! I'm a big fan of Sorcery and Cecelia, and I've read the sequel but had no clue it was part of a quartet - I will search out the rest!

Madhamster said...

Thanks Danielle. Hope you enjoy the rest of the quartet.
I've just found another one... Dark Mirror by MJ Putney. This even has time travel to WW2!