Sylvia Izzo Hunter
- Title: A Season of Spells
- Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
- ISBN: 9780425272473
- Page: 440
- Format: Paperback
In the latest novel from the author of Lady of Magick, Sophie and Gray Marshall must save the Kingdom of Britain from a tide of dark magic Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting the heiress of Alba to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed Sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic LuciIn the latest novel from the author of Lady of Magick, Sophie and Gray Marshall must save the Kingdom of Britain from a tide of dark magic Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting the heiress of Alba to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed Sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia of Alba and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance is cast into further doubt when the men who tried to poison King Henry are discovered to have escaped from prison Gray sets off to track the fugitives abroad, while Sophie tries to spark a connection between the bride and groom by enlisting them in her scheme to reopen a long shuttered women s college at Oxford Though a vocal contingent believes that educating women spells ruin, what Sophie and her friends discover in the decaying college library may hold the key to protecting everything they hold dear as well as a dark secret that could destroy it all.
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I haven't read the other books in the series so maybe that might be why I didn't like this one but honestly I was just surprised that anyone could write a boring book about magic. Sophie and Grey return from University after graduation back to London with Lucia who is betrothed to Prince Ronald. Prisoners poison the king and run away which leads to Grey being sent away to track them down. Meanwhile Sophie works on getting an old women's college reopened. I think the book might have just had too [...]
A Season of Spells (Noctis Magicae #3) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting the heiress of Alba to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia of Alba and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance is cast into further doubt when the men who tried to poison King Henry are discovered to have escaped from prison. Gray sets off [...]
Originally posted on Vampire Book ClubAfter three years of living in Alba and attending university, it’s time for Sophie and Gray Marshall to head back to London escorting the heiress of Alba, Lucia MacNeill, to meet her betrothed, Prince Roland, Sophie’s brother.While that first meeting does not go off as planned, Sophie figures out what to do with her time back in London: begin the process of reopening the Lady Morgan College in Oxford whose doors mysteriously closed centuries ago.However, [...]
It makes me so sad to not have loved the third book in this series, because I really loved the first two books. This felt like a completely different kind of book than the first two.The first two books felt like going on a thrilling magical adventure with the characters, but this book, at least to the end of chapter 10, which is how far I got before I gave up, felt like more of a treatise on society and the societal expectations of the time. The story was very slow moving, and there was very lit [...]
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksA Season of Spells lured me with its pretty cover (owls!), a promise of romance, and a hint that maybe it would be winter-themed and thus go nicely with my holiday reading. It turned out to be the last book in a trilogy. My tip: don’t start with the last book in a trilogy.A Season of Spells, which is not seasonal by the way, is a fantasy book with several plots that are haphazardly glued together. Initially the plot seems to be that Sophie, the main ch [...]
I was surprised to find out that Season of Spells was intended as the ending of a trilogy, as it felt very much like a middle book. It does resolve the through-line about women not being allowed at Oxford. This book's plot about a Napoleon-esque dictator attempting to take over Europe received, strangely, less attention. Part of the appeal of the previous two books was the cozy background to the thriller plots; this one gets almost too cozy (laughing at the sinister Imperator Gallia as he pratfa [...]
Since it has been so long since I read the first two books in this series I had a little trouble getting in to this one and then catching up. It didn't seem to flow as well as the first two either. However, I still love the characters and will miss following their antics in Old England. This is an alternative history with magic woven in to the time period of King Henry. One scene is set in the palace archives where the mages find volume after volume of old diaries. Wouldn't that be heavenly?
This was a bit disappointing compared to the previous two books in the series. The two plotlines - refounding Lady Morgan College and fighting the Emperor of Gaul - seemed a bit disjointed and the finale felt anticlimactic. I love the world-building but this didn't live up to the promise of the first two books in the series.
I liked the alternate-magical-history Britain of this world, with it Victorian-esque politics infused by commonplace magic use. Maybe should have read the earlier books first, since it was a bit tough getting to know all the characters and their history at this point.
A pretty nice novel. I found it a bit slow at the beginning, but it's getting better. Nice story line. I enjoyed reading it.I received a free copy from the First Reads program. Thanks for sending me this book.
Disappointing end to the trilogy--slow to get started until the last quarter of the book, rushed at the end, plot holes and unresolved major plot points. The ending especially felt like the author realized she was nearly out of pages and had to condense everything to fit it in. Unsatisfying.
I enjoyed reading about Sophie, Gray and the others. Liked the description of the shape shifters. Was ready to punch all the chauvinistic men, but some came around in the end
I liked this series. It was nice the author wrapped it up in a trilogy and didn't drag it out until I didn't like it any more.Also my 100th book read in 2017 :-)
A fitting end to this trilogy, though the grand finale was a bit abrupt.
Delightful, but made me very aware of the Jonathan-Strange-and-Mr.-Norrell-sequel-shaped hole in my heart.
Audible books do not have a good set up of how many book in set and which one to start with So i started with this one was total lost sry
I loved it so much but I felt it was rushed in the last quarter.
Not as strong as the other two books in the series, though still a great read. I was a little disappointed to see so much of the focus on other characters, to the detriment of time spent with Sophie and Gray, and the ending felt a little rushed, as though there really ought to have been another book, but the author suddenly remembered that this was a trilogy. There were two plot lines here which I felt almost deserved separate books, and at least one rather significant question which I felt was [...]
Better than the second book in the series but not as good as the first. Sorry, but I'm over Sophie and Gray and their World's Best Love which allows them to check on each from hundreds of miles away. I still like Gray a lot, but Sophie is more annoying than anything else. So powerful! And the King's favorite child! Everyone pales next to Sophie! The most interesting couple in this book was Roland and Lucia, who are about to enter a political marriage. There is one wonderful moment where two mage [...]
A Season of Spells is the final book in the trilogy that began with The Midnight Queen. I liked the entire series, and this review is really a series review. That said, I think that these books will definitely not work for everyone.The novels take place in an alternate version of our world, in the areas that roughly correspond to Great Britain and France, although with a different political map and history and the presence of magic. At the core of the series is the romance between Gray, a studen [...]
I find this series, and this book in particular, a bit slow, but I generally enjoy them.
Probably about 3.5 again. Likable and well-developed protagonists, including married Sophia and Gray, secret lovers Joanna and Gwen, and awkwardly-getting-to-know-each-other politically-affianced Lucia (the Alban [= Scottish] heir) and Roland (the English king's 2nd son, Sophie's half-brother). Some interesting skewing of history (re. the offspring of [Henry VIII], in particular), and curious magic (such as what trees may have to "say").Another conquest-minded, magically empowered schemer is the [...]
The concerns of the book are all tied up by the end, but based on the last lines I am hoping that Hunter will visit this world again, specifically to focus on Jo and Gwen's relationship.
A little sorry to see this series end, as I've quite enjoyed spending time with Sophie and Gray and their various friends and family. Unfortunately I found this a rather uneven read. The beginning was rather slow and we spend too much time with Roland and Lucia whose relationship I found I had no interest in. Just as I was prepared to give up, things got more exciting with Amelia (Sophie & Joanna's sister) disappearing. Gray is sent off to join the army (which I enjoyed most of all) while So [...]
Initial Thoughts: As I finished this book I discovered it is the final book in this trilogy. Though I am sad, I was satisfied by the final book. I really enjoyed this final adventure with Sophia, Grey and the "gang". The world is enchanting, their adventures and plight gripping and the characters are delightful. I hope that Ms. Hunter will return to tell more stories in this world. Please click on the link to the full review, posted at That's What I'm Talking About blog: twimom227/2016/12/review [...]
I so enjoy these books this is the third in the series, and I find new things to love about Sophie and Joanna in every book. The light touch, the wit, the quirky dialogue are all consistent elements to enjoy in this series. I hope this series will continue!
A really neat take on regency era sorcery/fantasy. I think I'd like to read from the beginning of this series, though.
A little slower than the first two, but worth it in the end. The Women's College of Magic, the best part of this adventure, could become its own series
Third in the charming Noctic Magicae series, an appealing romantic fantasy set in alternate timeline where Christianity never emerged and magic is acknowledged in every sphere.
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