The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

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Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she becomes the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is resigned to a life of misery, a handsome stranger—the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron—arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy.
 
With England on the cusp of revolution, Lucy inexplicably finds herself awakened to a world where magic and mortals collide, and the forces of ancient nature and modern progress are at war for the soul of England . . . and the world. The key to victory may be connected to a cryptic volume whose powers of enchantment are unbounded. Now, challenged by ruthless enemies with ancient powers at their command, Lucy must harness newfound mystical skills to preserve humanity’s future. And enthralled by two exceptional men with designs on her heart, she must master her own desires to claim the destiny she deserves.
 
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About David Liss

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David Liss is the author of The Devil's Company, The Whiskey Rebels, The Ethical Assassin, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Coffee Trader, and A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Random House. 417 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Olson, who has no redeeming qualities other than being one of the few successful businessmen in town, plans to marry Lucy, even though Lucy wants no part of him, although she acknowledges her prospects are dim.

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Set in 1812 Nottinghamshire, this delightfully original tale from Liss (The Devil's Company) combines the classic elements of a Regency romance with ancient magic and the machine-breaking of the Luddite rebellion.

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City Book Review

While certainly a departure for author David Liss, The Twelfth Enchantment tells a very Jane Austen-esque fantasy tale in a way that remains true to Liss’s history as a historical fiction writer.

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Historical Novel Society

Lucy begins to see shadow people who urge her to “gather the leaves.” And a beautiful cunning woman named Mary Crawford befriends Lucy and begins to train her for a dangerous and mysterious task of national importance involving a wordless book of alchemy, the Mutus Liber.

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Liss often writes lush sentences, is a skilled descriptive writer, and he imbues Lucy with warmth and spirit.

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