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A Marvellous Light: 1 Hardcover – 2 November 2021

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An International Bestseller!

An Indie Next Pick!
A Library Reads Pick!
With Four Starred Reviews

A Best of 2021 Pick for NPR Amazon Kobo B&N

Freya Marske has done something special with A Marvellous Light. . . . The prose is sublime, the world-building top-notch, and the magic system is fascinating and unique. But what made me the happiest is how delightfully queer this story is. Robin and Edward have my whole heart, and I adored watching their relationship blossom. In the end, I can give no higher praise than this: I wish this world that Marske has created was real.--TJ Klune, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The House in the Cerulean Sea

Mystery! Magic! Murder! Long looks full of yearning! This book is a confection, both marvelous and light.--Alix E. Harrow, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Once and Future Witches

A delightful book, with richly developed characters rooted in family dynamics and period flavor. It manages the remarkable trick of introducing a trilogy while being satisfying in its own right, leaving plenty to explore in future volumes while completing a complex story in this one.--New York Times Book Review, Amal El-Mohtar

Sensual erotic scenes, an intriguing magic system, and a puzzling mystery combine to make this novel a wonder. Fans of C.L. Polk's Witchmark, period queer novels, and creative fantasy will all clamor for more.--Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*

Marske's debut is a delightful blend of Edwardian fantasy and romance, with enough twists and questions to have readers clamoring for the next in the planned series.--Library Journal, *Starred Review*

This trilogy opener is sure to capture the hearts of romance and fantasy readers alike.--Booklist, *Starred Review*

"Robin and Edwin's relationship anchors the narrative, and the way that they challenge and question and then accept each other is captivating. Marske deftly contrasts the couple's affection with the stuffiness of the world that surrounds them, making their love all the more relevant."--BookPage, *Starred Review*

"That sublime prose! Her astonishing gift for imagery! And, of course, her bountiful and endless talent for writing some extremely sexy scenes. A Marvellous Light is all that and more. Perfect."--Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings

Freya Marske's A Marvellous Light is an absolute delight. I was caught from the very beginning by the compellingly realized characters, the gorgeous and deadly magical world, and the fascinating mystery. If you ever wished Downton Abbey was sharper-edged and full of magic, this is the book for you.--Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

This romantic fantasy is full of fascinating world-building, layers upon layers of delicious magic, and characters I adored. I want to spend so much more time in this alternate England's enchanted libraries and sinister hedge mazes! The whole experience was a delight.--Stephanie Burgis, author of Snowspelled

A gripping story, told in precise and sensual language, with the kind of characters that make you want a spin-off book for even the ones you've barely met. Magic, romance, and mayhem in a beautifully decorated--and occasionally actively dangerous--Edwarian setting.--Malka Older, author of Infomocracy

A completely enchanting story that sweeps you into a world of art and romance. Marske is an extraordinary talent who writes compelling characters, entertainingly awful families, and love stories like nobody else.--Everina Maxwell, author of Winter's Orbit

"Romantic in the best way, funny, sharp, sexy, fantastical. Prepare to fall in love with the gorgeous Edwardian setting, the sizzling character dynamics, and the murderous enchanted hedge maze."--Emily Tesh, author of Silver in the Wood

"A charming, lovingly crafted adventure full of peril, romance and wit, illuminated by sparkling turns of phrase and a pervasive sense of humour."--A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name

Freya's prose is so splendid that merely reading it makes me feel like I've been filled to the brim with champagne bubbles. A Marvellous Light has everything you could ever want from a book--beautiful descriptions, expertly woven worldbuilding, queer kissing, sexual tension in a library, quite a lot of William Morris wallpaper. . . . This book is brilliant on every level. It is wondrous. It is, if you will excuse a small joke, marvellous.--Alexandra Rowland, author of A Conspiracy of Truths

"Equal parts fantasy, mystery and romance--with bonus murderous garden features--A Marvellous Light heralds a strong new voice in science fiction and fantasy."--Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

"A magical world of exquisite refinement, where peril skims beneath manners, interiors bespeak both faultless taste and deadly secrets, and the sexual tension crescendos until it literally makes sparks fly. A dazzling debut."--Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun

"A Marvellous Light is a fun read filled with beautiful prose, a dangerous quest, a wonderfully unique system of magic, engaging main characters and complex relationships."--The Michigan Daily

About the Author

Freya Marske, author of A Marvellous Light, is one of the co-hosts of Be the Serpent, a Hugo Award-nominated podcast about SFF, fandom, and literary tropes, and her work has sold to Analog and been shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story in the Aurealis Awards. She lives in Australia.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tordotcom (2 November 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250788870
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250788870
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.53 x 3.1 x 21.49 cm
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them meets Bridgerton
By ShortandSweetReviewsbySam on 29 October 2021
A Marvellous Light features, but is not limited to, the following themes:
○ Historical fantasy
○ Secret magic society
○ Mystery
○ MM scenes
○ Curses
○ Magic
○ Forbidden romance

My overall rating for A Marvellous Light is…

3 Stars!

A Marvellous Light combines the wonders and magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with the intricate and old-fashioned high society of Bridgerton. This book was hit and miss for me, though I should clarify it is not something I would usually read. I loved the main characters, Edwin and Robin. Their romance was defiant and challenging but oh so delicious. The magical world Marske brought to life was vibrant and vivacious. What I struggled with with this book was the historical aspect of the writing, which made the tale feel dull and uninspiring at times. Overall, this author has incredible imagination and brings characters to life flawlessly, but has a writing style that may not agree with all pallets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming romance in magical Edwardian London!
By Vanessa Len on 2 January 2022
I absolutely adored this charming romance, set in a magical Edwardian London.

Robin accidentally gets a job - and an agonising curse - in a hidden magical London. Enter grumpy magician Edwin, who’s here to lift the curse!

I loved the grumpy/sunshine romance, the magic system, and the setting. Can’t wait for the next book!
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Anne Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous magical romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most magically queer book I've read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 January 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2021
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate
Reviewed in Canada on 10 December 2021
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