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The Midnight Bargain: Magic meets Bridgerton in the Regency fantasy everyone is talking about... Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08M3GWWB7
- Publisher : Orbit (13 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1669 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1645660079
- Best Sellers Rank: 56,276 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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‘The Midnight Bargain’ by C. L. Polk is a delightful historical fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency Britain complete with lovely gowns, strict social etiquette, and the rest - yet also with hereditary magic and grimoires.
Its lead is Beatrice Clayborn, a young woman who is forced to practice magic in secret. While magic is accepted in this world, women with magical talent are restricted to learning simple charms, their only worth is to become compliant wives and bear magically gifted sons.
Beatrice is about to take part in the Bargaining Season, where magically gifted ingenues are paraded before prospective husbands at soirées and balls. Beatrice is aware that on her wedding day she will be locked into a warding collar that will cut off her power. Yet Beatrice does not want to marry and dreams of becoming a full-fledged mage. However, her family are in severe debt, and only her making a good marriage can save them.
When Beatrice discovers a grimoire containing the key to becoming a mage, Ysbeta, a rival sorceress, is also determined to have it and out of deference to Ysbeta’s higher social station, Beatrice yields. However, she almost immediately regrets it and decides to summons a lesser spirit to help her retrieve the book. Her new ally demands a price: Beatrice's first kiss . . . with the sorceress's brother: the handsome and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
I have always loved Regency romances and add to the mix magic and social issues linked to women’s rights and I was completely hooked from start to finish. I especially adored Nadi, the lesser spirit that Beatrice summons. She brought a delightful element of comedy into the story.
Overall, I thought Polk’s writing was excellent and that she created a world that I found myself deeply immersed in.
I plan on reading more novels by C. L. Polk and hope that she will return to further explore this rich world.