Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Tangle of Magicks, by Stephanie Burgis: Don Your Pelises! Propriety is About to Take a Magical Beating

Kat's Back!
Kat Stephenson is back in 'A Tangle of Magicks', going where all non-magical 12 year Regency period girls fear to tread! Not only does she has to contend with an older sister who is chasing the biggest cad in the country but something is brewing at the Roman Baths in, er, Bath and I don't mean a sneaky fart.

Propriety be damned!

Usually I find the second book in a series a bit like a film sequel. It's just not as good. But this time things are better. Kat's getting into more trouble due to her unladylike ways, there are some great new characters and the setting is intriguingly weird and weirdly intriguing. What dark powers luck in the Roman Baths and why do they make the water smelly like sulphur?*

There's a great finish that'll satisfy all jingoistic Englishmen and a bit of soppy romance for the girls.

Hurrah!

'A Tangle of Magicks' is out on the 1st of August and will cost about £7-ish.

Cheers,

Mark

*It's not people farting. Honest.