• Title: The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After
  • Author: Patricia C. Wrede Caroline Stevermer
  • ISBN: 9780152055486
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After Ten years have passed since Kate and Cecy married Thomas and James and England is now being transformed by the first railways When the Duke of Wellington asks James to look into the sudden disappeara
    Ten years have passed since Kate and Cecy married Thomas and James, and England is now being transformed by the first railways When the Duke of Wellington asks James to look into the sudden disappearance of a German railway engineer, James and Cecy s search reveals a shocking truth The railway lines are wreaking havoc with ancient underground magical ley lines, which cTen years have passed since Kate and Cecy married Thomas and James, and England is now being transformed by the first railways When the Duke of Wellington asks James to look into the sudden disappearance of a German railway engineer, James and Cecy s search reveals a shocking truth The railway lines are wreaking havoc with ancient underground magical ley lines, which could endanger the very unity of England Meanwhile, Kate has her hands full taking care of all their children, not to mention the mysterious mute girl Drina, rescued from a kidnapper The letters between Kate and Cecy, and between their husbands, blend magic, mystery, adventure, humor, and romance.

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    1. This third book in the Regency fantasy series Cecelia and Kate is cute but forgettable. The series falls off in quality as it goes along.

    2. This should really be retitled Being the Private Correspondence of Two Families Which Explains Why It Would Only Be Of Interest to These Two Families. Come on, book, everyone knows the Tolstoy rule of happy families: "All happy families are alike." Which is why one could not be interested in the slightest in reading hundreds and hundreds of pages about them- especially when the excuse of a plot couldn't be more lame, or less suspenseful. Oh, please, do not get me started on the characters- or ra [...]

    3. The third in the series started by Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (a book that was out of print for many years and only enjoys its current revival thanks to the popularity bestowed to youth fantasy by a certain British author and her bespectacled wizardy brat), this book joins the apparently growing genre of period fantasy written in the style of Jane Austen (the only other example of which I know is Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell).If you really enjoy this genre [...]

    4. I read the two sequels to Sorcery and Cecelia in one go. More tales of upper-class nineteenth-century magical England, told by letter and written recollection.Eh. A lot of the giddy charm of the first book was apparently novelty, because it had really worn off by the end here. And without it you have some generic sort of intrigue, some jokes that aren't actually funny, and historically creepy gender politics. Not bad books, you know? Just nothing more than vaguely neutral, if you know what I mea [...]

    5. Mixed feelings for me with this one! At various times I thought; this is funny!; this is a bit dull; this doesn't have the fizz of the first; whoa - ley lines - cool!; this [spoiler] rocks; I'm not quite involved enough to follow all the twists and turns; early days of the railway - fun; What?! It was preventing Cromwell from -- what are you *saying*?!; LEY LINES - very cool!; oh great, now we have a stereotypically bolshie, up-himself Irishman; the [spoiler] is even better now; enough with the [...]

    6. Ten years after the events of The Grand Tour, Kate and Thomas and Cecy and James are settled down on their respective estates with their families, when James is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a German railroad engineer who was traveling in England. The investigation quickly opens a whole can of worms and draws in Kate and Thomas also, as well as other family members (I was particularly pleased to meet Aunt Elizabeth again). The epistolary story moves along nicely and is cle [...]

    7. As the title says, this volume picks up 10 years after 'The Grand Tour', and Kate and Cecelia are both settled into their families with Thomas and James and their various broods.Once again the story is told via letters back and forth, and this has some of the same issues as before - it took me a bit to settle back into which character was which, and had to remind myself at the start of ever perspective change who was who. (Part of this is just my brain acting in odd ways. As they are written in [...]

    8. I genuinely enjoyed this book. I've really liked the series from the time I started it, so I was very excited to continue on with it. This book follows Kate and Cecelia ten years after the Grand Tour, and now they have children. Both families have stayed connected to one another and are very close. When James is sent to examine railroads and disturbances in Northern England, he and Cecelia leave their children with Kate and Thomas. Although very different stories at first, the views of both coup [...]

    9. Cecy and Kate, now older and wiser okay, let me start again. Cecy and Kate, now older and sassier, continue onward with their shenanigans while being mothers. Still funny. Still sticking their noses into things. Literally, in Kate's case. A great conclusion to their adventures.

    10. This one took me a loooooooong time to get to. It wasn't bad, as such, just didn't entertain me like the previous two did. A somewhat disappointing end to an otherwise extremely fun series.

    11. I only somewhat liked Sorcery and Cecilia, and I did not like The Grand Tour. So why did I put myself through reading the third installment of Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevemer’s trilogy? Clearly, I am insane.Like Sorcery, The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After is written in epistolary form. Cousins Cecilia and Kate correspond with each other (along with occasional, inane missives from their husbands).I was initially intrigued by Wrede and Stevemer’s writing experiment. The authors excha [...]

    12. After its prequels, Sorcery and Cecelia and The Grand Tour, this book is just sort of average. Not a bad book, but not as exciting as the other two. 13 June 2010: after reading Magic Below Stairs, I thought it would be interesting to give this another look.

    13. Ordinarily a big fan of both the authors, this was a poor showing for both of their talents. There was too much inundation of technical information that in the end seemed pretty irrelevant and unimportant. The pacing of the story was stilted and extremely slow. The connection to the characters was not strong. I kept waiting for Something, anything exciting to happen. It didn't. All in all I was disappointed that nothing (other then the addition of children) had really changed about the character [...]

    14. Don't get me wrong--even though I didn't rate this book as highly, I did enjoy reading it. Kate and Cecy feel like old friends, and spending a little time with them is always fun. It's just that I think long-termed wedded bliss is hard to write in an interesting way (not impossible, just hard) and for me it felt like a little bit of the spark was missing. Kate and Cecy as young moms just didn't feel quite as engaging--although the kids were cute!I did like the plot, which was nice and twisty and [...]

    15. Hooray! This third book in the "Cecilia & Kate" series makes a return not only to the epistolary style of the first, but also to the upbeat pace and fun character developments that were missing in the second. It still falls a step behind "Sorcery & Cecelia" in relative plot believability and clarity, but it had some of the same strengths and even a few novelties to recommend it: This time, in addition to letters between Kate & Cecelia, we are privy to letters between Thomas & Jam [...]

    16. I wanted this to be better than it was I adore the first one, I liked the second one almost as much, and this wasn't bad - but it could have been better. To their credit, their use of "Drina" was accurate, which pleased me very much. I'd love to see them do additional titles that occur between the second and third volumes in the series.

    17. Done! After plenty of skimming through accounts of children's encounters with snakes and frogs, tossed in with some mild magical mystery not nearly captivating enough (although occasionally slightly amusing), I'm just happy to mark this as finished and select the next book to read. Out of the trilogy, the first book was really the only one I would recommend to others.

    18. While I enjoyed the view of raising upper crust children in magical Victorian England, the novelty has worn off and the plot got a little too tedious in this entry of the trilogy.I still admire the author's view and character set up, but it was a lackluster ending to what is obviously a lot of work.

    19. So, same issue I had with the other letters. I was enjoying the volley and all of a sudden the end came. Liked the letters from Thomas and James, gave more insight to how useless these men would be without their wives!

    20. Basically an epistolary epilogue to the prior two books. I'm fond enough of the characters and the world being portrayed, along with the wit of the authors, to enjoy this. But it's not for the non-fan.

    21. The third book in this Regency magical mystery epistolary series finds Cesy and James leaving their children with Kate and Thomas while they track down a missing magical surveyor who was investigating the connection between ley lines and the new iron trains. Meanwhile, though, Kate and Thomas find themselves saddled not only with Cesy’s too clever by half twins, but with a mysterious child, Drina, who will not talk of her past. Magicians are turning into dogs, there is a social-climbing and ob [...]

    22. I liked this one better than the second one, probably because it was a little shorter, but I think the first one is the best. The second one changed from the letter format of the original, as Kate and Cecy were together through pretty much all of it, and instead was composed of diary entries and a deposition. This one was back to the original format and I think I preferred it. I liked the glimpse of Kate and Cecy as mothers and the sort of shenanigans their children got up to. I enjoyed the addi [...]

    23. What a fantastic conclusion to the series! We're back to the traditional, epistolary format, but we also get letters from James and Thomas which is fantastic.I love Kate and Cecy's children; they are just the mixture of adorable, honorable, and rapscallion you might expect from their mothers' examples.I also really love the way a revelation about Kate made in the second book plays out in this one.Altogether an extremely fun series. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in regency fiction, [...]

    24. Book three: The Mislaid Magician Again this book was slow to get out of the shoot, it nearly hit the rails wait for the read of this to get the pun. Well worth staying on board for the journey. Written much after the last novel and especially after the foundation novel, I could feel the ladies laying on their bonnets to be conversant as they enliven their ink wells. Once The Mislaid Magician got on track it did pickup speed and came to a smashing end.

    25. Katy and Cecy are back in the third installment of the series. The format is back to the letters between the two (with some from James and Thomas thrown in). The ladies are 10 years older and have children of their own. Cecy and James are sent after a missing magician and Kate has taken in Cecy' s children. I liked this one a lot but not as much as the first. A lovely series that ended when it should. 4 stars

    26. Not quite as good as the first one, but much better than the second, so I'm glad I continued despite my disappointment with the second in this series! Cecelia and Kate both get much more to do and are allowed to be intelligent and adventurous. Their children are fairly non-obnoxious and the mystery was pleasing.

    27. Satisfying ending to a charming trilogyReturning to the epistolary form of the first book, this is a witty and interesting account of attempts to disrupt the power of the ley lines in England. As with the first two books in the series, the combination of Regency society and magic makes for a fun and lively read. Lots of charm.

    28. What intrigued me: The last in the series.What I liked: This was much more in line with the first book. It was also more centered around the mysteries, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!What I didn't like: n/aFavorite quote: "I feel as if my supply of alarm has been exhausted, at least temporarily.”

    29. I am so disappointed that i didn’t enjoy this one. I didn't like the inclusion of the men's letters, nor the subplot of children's antics. The main plot was convulted, though that might have been because i wasn't really enjoying things by the time main plot points unraveled.

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