Book Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske (ARC)
"Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.
Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.
Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.
Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep."
Happy Book Birthday to the wonderful A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske!
I received an e-arc for free on NetGalley by Pan Macmillan & UK Tor in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy!
A Marvellous Light was definitely one of my most anticipated books and I was so excited when I got the NetGalley email! As soon as I saw the comparison to Jonathon Strange & Mr Norell I knew this was going to be my kind of story and it has become an instant favourite!
This story was impossible to put down! I loved the interesting magical system, especially the idea of some people having more magic than others and the dynamics of the hidden magical society. It was great to learn about these magical customs alongside Robin who had no idea that magic even existed until he was put into the wrong job and then cursed.
I really enjoyed the characters and loved the dry humour between them. Their chemistry was off the charts and I found myself rooting for them all through the book! I really liked how the story starts off with a slow pace as you get used to the magical world and then gradually gets faster as you get into the main plot. It was really clever and suited the story perfectly!
A Marvellous Light is an absolutely fantastic LGBTQIA+ historical fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m hoping that it is going to be a series because I need more Edwin & Robin in my life! I’m so excited to read more from Freya Marske.