The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by GALEN BECKETT

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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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GALEN BECKETT lives in Colorado. This is Beckett’s third novel.

Author Residence: Littleton, CO
Published July 29, 2008 by Bantam. 514 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fantasy Literature

As soon as I’m at liberty to reveal my other writing identity, you’ll see the news right here.” (So, I guess I’ve just outed Galen Beckett and Mark Anthony.) Despite my disappointment, I still began TMAMQ with anticipation — Todd really enjoyed the first of The Last Rune novels (though not the ...

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In the course of their harrowing adventures, Ivy is brought back into the orbit of Mr. Rafferdy, who regrets the way they parted and is willing to develop his talents as a magician to aid the cause — and none too soon as the secret society springs a deadly trap.

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