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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Erlanger Branch HOLMB C (Text) 33126024985073 New Adult Fiction Checked out 11/30/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781542020091 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1542020093 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 290 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Seattle : 47North, [2020]

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"The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood. Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She'll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn't turn her in. Working together, Elsie's trust in--and fondness for--the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind. For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there's so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she's destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it's too late to save everything she loves?"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Camden, Elsie (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Wizards > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2020 August

    Set in Victorian England, Holmberg's (Plastic Magician) newest fantasy is also a mixture of mystery and romance. Elsie Camden is a young child when she is "rescued" from a workhouse by a shadowy figure. She is set on a path to use her special talent to help people for whom justice has been magically denied. She is proud to be useful, and wanted, as a tool for good. After a decade, the missions come more frequently, until one day, she is caught. The man who interrupts her latest spellbreak, Bacchus, is handsome, strong, and even a bit distracting. And confusing, because if he is so just, how can he be working against her mentors? Bacchus is not the only distraction, either. Someone is killing aspectors (or spellcasters) in order to steal their magical essences (called opuses). VERDICT Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.—Elizabeth Masterson, Mecklenburg Cty. Jail Lib., Charlotte, NC

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