The Midnight Queen

The Midnight Queen

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"In the hallowed halls of Oxford's Merlin College, the most talented--and highest born--sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover... Gray's deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace--and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender's country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor's daughter. Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father's wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings. Sophie and Gray's meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king's closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2014
Edition: Ace trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780425272459
0425272451
Characteristics: vi, 417 pages ; 21 cm

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SnoIsleLib_BenS Jun 08, 2017

This book may appeal to older teens and adults who enjoy a mixture of realistic urban fantasy and period historical fiction. The author uses descriptive storytelling to create a believable alternative history of England, one in which real magic is so integrated into society that Oxford University has an entire college devoted to the study of it. Elements of mystery, political intrigue, and romance drive a plot centering around a young graduate student of magic and the daughter of his nefarious professor. Their adventures continue in two further tales: Lady of Magick, and A Season of Spells.

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