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BOOK Ñ Snowspelled The Harwood Spellbook #1 Í Stephanie Burgis In nineteenth century Angland magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the practical business of politics But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules Four months ago Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland and she was betrothed to the brilliant intense love of her life Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elve 35 stars On sale today Sept 4 2017 Final review first posted on Fantasy Literature Snowspelled the first book in the new HARWOOD SPELLBOOK fantasy series by Stephanie Burgis is a fun light read right at the intersection of magical fantasy and Regency romance with a twist of alternative history We are in Angland not England and there’s a time honored treaty between humans and elves with the humans paying a toll to live on elven lands Cassandra Harwood her brother Jonathan and sister in law Amy travel to a week long house party at Cosgrove Manor deep in elven lands an area guarded by trolls who allow you to pass only if you have paid the necessary tax and have an official glowing stamp on your carriageCassandra is a brilliant dedicated magician Though still held back by the gentleman’s network of male magicians she has become the first officially recognized woman magician in the country Or at least she was until a powerful magical spell she tried to cast four months ago went badly awry Now casting even the simplest spell would kill herTo avoid hampering her former fiancé Wrexham another superb magician in his career she cut him loose two months ago but he seems to be reluctant to disappear from her life Which might in fact be a good thing given that Cassandra has inadvertently run afoul of a malicious elf lord while at the Cosgrove house party where an unnatural snowstorm has trapped the entire group and upset the local troll population Now Cassandra has one week to figure out which magician at the party has meddled with the weather and caused the unnaturally strong snowstorm or she’ll be in the elf lord’s power Can she do it without her magic? Snowspelled will appeal to readers who like light Regency inspired fantasies like Sorcery Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot This one’s got a little adult content read a non explicit bedroom scene and some amusing twists on traditional Regency society rules Almost invariably the magicians are gentleman while the ladies control politics After dinner the women all go off to discuss politics while the men remain at the table until they are notified that the ladies are ready for the men to join them These gender based roles are traditional rather than innate though and Cassandra and others are trying to soften their rigidityNot every man could do spellwork of course even in our elite cohort just as I couldn’t possibly have been the first woman to be born with that natural ability I was only the first to be bold enough brash enough and ― most of all ―lucky enough in our modern era to finally break free of the roles we’d all been assigned centuries earlier and win a public space for myself that others might followAnother interesting twist in this alternative Regency England is that race and sexuality are non issues Rajaram Wrexham is part Maratha this world’s India; Cassandra’s sister in law Amy has dark brown skin but it’s the fact that she’s married to a non magician Cassandra’s brother Jonathan that holds Amy back politically not the color of her skin Cassandra helps a lesbian couple with some magical uestions without blinking an eye There are other strict societal rules however that ta

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PDF ✓ BOOK Snowspelled The Harwood Spellbook #1 FREE è STEPHANIE BURGIS õ ❴Reading❵ ➻ Snowspelled The Harwood Spellbook #1 Author Stephanie Burgis – Gwairsoft.co.uk In nineteenth century Angland magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the practical busi N dales surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians manipulative lady politicians her own interfering family members and worst of all her infuriatingly stubborn ex fiancé who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow where a powerful and malevolent elf lord lurksand Cassandra lo Snowspelled is the first in The Harwood Spellbook Series It was brought to my attention by Heather Jones my go to gall for most things historical as she has excellent taste when she posted her review on Goodreads I love regency and the promise of a lesbian character so I was on boardCassandra Harwood first female magician in Angland that is not a typo has been in a serious funk ever since she lost her magic in a gargantuan mishap of her own doing We will find out through the book what really happenend but for now we follow her and her brother and sister in law to a big Soltice shindig at Cosgrove Manor deep in the elven territoryWe will meet up with all the gentlewomen of the Boudiccate and their dapper magician husbands including her brilliant ex fiancé Rajaram Wrexham so much for banishing him from her mind I liked that in this recency inpired novel race and sexuality are non issues it just is Women are doing the ruling only females control the politics while the men are doing the magical heavy lifting Cassandra wanted to break the glass ceiling and paid a high prize But maybe she can turn it to something positive like paving the way for future female magicians If only she hadn’t made that promise to a troleA cozy and very charming historical light read I’m looking forward to book 2mf off screen heavy canoodlingThemes gentleman magicians lady diplomats lost magic still pining for her ex ice cold elf lords who cannot be trusted giant trolls eccentric weather magicians sabotage the snow storm of all ages4 Stars

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Snowspelled The Harwood Spellbook #1St all of her own magic four months ago To save herself Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness A witty and sparkling romantic fantasy novella that opens a brand new series from the author of Kat Incorrigible Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook The country of Angland parallels Regency England but it's a place where magic is real elves and trolls are an ever present threat and the country is ruled by the members of the Boudiccate the long standing council of gentlewomen who are charged with the protection of the realm It's a Regency England where race sexuality and gender are mostly non issues although there are some fairly strict gender rolesRegarding strict gender roles Cassandra Harwood is a magician the first woman to be trained at the Great Library and one of the best two wizards of her generation The other is her ex fiancé Rajaram Wrexham They broke up at Cassandra's insistence as a result of a horrible accident four months ago that has left Cassandra permanently unable to cast spells and unwilling to saddle her fiancé with such a damaged spouseAfter spending the time since the accident avoiding him political events within Angland and manipulation by her sister in law see both Cassandra and Wrexham at the same manor house for a week while the country prepares for an important ceremony marking a peace treaty with the elves And then Cassandra finds herself a pawn in the politics between the two realmsThis was fun and works well both as a fantasy story and an alt world regency romance Cassandra and Wrexham's relationship is wonderful and so is Cassandra's struggle to define meaning in her life after losing what has been the primary driver of it so far The supporting cast is also well portrayed with believable motivations and actions Recommended