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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen M. Beckett
Review by Gayle Surrette
Spectra Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553589825
Date: 29 July 2008 List Price $23.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Lockwells have a home in a good neighborhood. They don't entertain or go out into society. Mr. Lockwell has, to put it kindly, slipped a gear and resides mostly in his attic study. Mrs. Lockwell struggles to keep up appearances for her daughters (Ivy, Rose, and Lily). Ivy Lockwell holds the family to a budget because she knows that her father's small monthly annuity will not keep them if they lose the house. Things are comfortable but lean when a chance meeting brings them into an acquaintance with Mr. Rafferdy and his friend. Expectations are raise that Ivy knows cannot be fulfilled and the disappointment to all could tear her family apart.

From official release/information:

From back of book: 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 magick and in its power to bring her father back.

Yet it is not until Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent that she discovers the fate she shares with a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania. For there is more to the world than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether Altania faces a new dawn--or an everlasting night.

(Source: Spectra)

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