Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: the midnight bargain
Author: C.L. Polk
Publisher: Erewhon Books
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback & e-book)
This book is a lite Regency romance type book with magic. In it, Beatrice is about to have her “coming out” season but she really wants to be a mage. Magic – no women allowed. Women are supposed to be broodmares. And Beatrice’s marriage is supposed to save the family from financial ruin. Of course then ye have some insta-lust and Beatrice is tormented by having to choose. Marriage or mage?
This book was fluffy fun. I can’t say that the characters are particularly fleshed out. Or the world-building for that matter. Beatrice makes lots of silly choices and doesn’t use her brain. She is rather selfish. But there is an excellent female friendship in this one. I loved Harriet, Beatrice’s sister, and thought she shined when she appeared. Of course this deals with women’s rights and I am all for women power.
It was a fast read and I loved the spirit Nadi. The pacing was rough and the ending was a bit rushed and odd but I liked the epilogue. Not a bad read but not one I would likely read again. An enjoyable Saturday afternoon.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Erewhon!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the book (shortened by me cause of spoilers):
Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling . . . [but] if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?
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