The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

byGalen Beckett

Kobo ebook | July 29, 2008

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In this enchanting debut novel, Galen Beckett weaves a dazzling spell of adventure and suspense, evoking a world of high magick and genteel society—a world where one young woman discovers that her modest life is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined.

Of the three Lockwell sisters—romantic Lily, prophetic Rose, and studious Ivy—all agree that it’s the eldest, the book-loving Ivy, who has held the family together ever since their father’s retreat into his silent vigil in the library upstairs. Everyone blames Mr. Lockwell’s malady on his magickal studies, but Ivy alone still believes—both in magic and in its power to bring her father back.

But there are others in the world who believe in magick as well. Over the years, Ivy has glimpsed them—the strangers in black topcoats and hats who appear at the door, strangers of whom their mother will never speak. Ivy once thought them secret benefactors, but now she’s not so certain.

After tragedy strikes, Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent in a desperate effort to preserve her family. It’s only then that she discovers the fate she shares with a jaded young nobleman named Dashton Rafferdy, his ambitious friend Eldyn Garritt, and a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania.

For there is far more to Altania than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether the world faces a new dawn—or an everlasting night. . . .

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Title:The Magicians and Mrs. QuentFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553905406

ISBN - 13:9780553905403


Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorites I bought this book a few years ago and have re-read it at least two or three times since. Loved the world that has been created, and would love to see more from this author.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series Opener What would happen to the characters in Jane Austen's novels if they had the use of magic? What if the use of magic was a determiner of the social structure of the world? Galen Beckett's novel The Magicians and Mrs. Quent explores these ideas and adds a healthy dose of killer trees, political intrigue and end-of-the-world consequences. First in a series, this book is a page turner filled with characters whose choices often break your heart. If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights as well as magical fantasy, you are sure to enjoy this story. In truth, I read this book for the first time shortly after it was published. Since then, Beckett has published two more novels in the series and I simply did not remember enough of the first book to continue on without re-reading this novel! Beckett is a very skilled author, and I have become fond of the world he has created – thankfully there are two more books to go! A note to readers: Beckett is actually a pseudonym for the author Mark Anthony, whose Last Rune fantasy series I also greatly enjoyed reading.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Victorian Style Fantasy Pros: reminiscent of Regency and Victorian authors, uses a Victorian inspired setting, flows well, literary but the fantasy aspects are fully realized Cons: story develops a little too slowly The Magicians And Mrs. Quent is split into three parts. In the first, we are introduced to the major players - the Lockwell girls, of which Ivy is the dominant, Mr. Rafferdy and the upperclass circle he inhabits, and Eldyn Garritt, a gentleman whose father ruined the family name and has left him in dire straits. This part of the novel feels very much like Pride and Prejudice. There's matchmaking among those of unequal backgrounds and much prejudice abounding because of it. The second part is more like Jane Eyre. I won't say more than that as it would give away a major plot twist. The third part of the novel was entirely original in that it didn't make me think of a Victorian novel, and is designed to tie the other parts together. The story meanders, following the fortunes of the various players. There is a plot, but you don't really see it until the third segment - though that's not to say it isn't present in the first two. The first two entrance you with their language and the doings of the people so it's not until near the end that you see what the author's been working towards. While the Magicians make a brief appearance in the first part, Mrs. Quent doesn't show up until the end of the second. And while the setting is Enlightenment/Victorian, it's a fully realized fantasy world. The planet is not earth (the day/night cycle follows an uneven rotation so almanacs are consulted to learn how long each will be). There's history, there are the seeds of revolt and there are the underpinnings of emancipation. Which makes it a unique book among fantasy novels which tend to stick to Medieval worlds. And it's hard not to read a book that begins, "It was generally held knowledge among the people who lived on Whitward street that the eldest of the 3 Miss Lockwells had a peculiar habit of reading while walking." If you like Regency or Victorian literature or just want to read a fantasy novel that's a bit different, this is a good choice.
Date published: 2010-09-03