Love’s Shadow

 

This, my dears, looks completely amusing.

The plot sounds a tad depressing in that Edwardian fashion, but the writing is terribly witty. Like- LOL, snort, LOL.

The heroine of Love’s Shadow is the delightful Edith Ottley. She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge. As we follow Edith’s fortunes we enter the enchanting world of Edwardian London, bewitched by the courtships, jealousies and love affairs of Edith’s coterie – Hyacinth, Eugenia, Charles and Cecil, Vincy, Madame Frabelle and many more.

The author was a friend of Oscar Wilde. Very obvious, as she writes similarly.

Excerpt:

‘There’s only one thing I must really implore you, Edith,’ said Bruce anxiously. ‘Don’t make me late at the office!’

‘Certainly not, Bruce,’ answered Edith sedately. She was seated opposite her husband at breakfast in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge – exactly like thousands of other new, small, white flats. She was young and pretty, but not obvious. One might suppose that she was more subtle than was shown by her usual expression, which was merely cheerful and intelligent.

‘Now I have to write that letter before I go,’ Bruce exclaimed, starting up and looking at her reproachfully. ‘Why didn’t I write it last night?’

Edith hadn’t the slightest idea, as she had heard nothing of the letter before, but, in the course of three years, she had learnt that it saved time to accept trifling injustices. So she looked guilty and a little remorseful. He magnanimously forgave her, and began to write the letter at a neat white writing-table.

‘How many g’s are there in “Raggett”?’ he asked suspiciously.

She didn’t answer, apparently overtaken by a sudden fit of absence of mind.

‘Only one, of course! How absurd you are!’ said her husband, laughing, as he finished the letter and came back to the table.

She poured out more coffee.

If you’re ready for a quick read, the book is available at openlibrary.com!

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Ignite Me

Waste of time.

Waste of time.

FAIL. Need I say more?

I mean, the only reason why you’d pick this book up in the first place is to see exactly who Juliette finally ends up with, and that’s made obvious from the very beginning. For Adam fans, rejoice in the fact that he lives; as for those rooting for Warner, be aware that he is completely unmanned and turns into a pathetic creature, lacking all the ambition and vitality that intrigued us in the first place.

In fact, in the first part of the book, all Warner’s crimes are reviewed and he gets to explain just how misunderstood he was.  Indeed, we see that he was not a criminal at all, but a poor, desperate boy in love with Juliette and doing his best to rid the world of his father.

Please excuse me while I get sick.

After a tedious amount of drama on all fronts, the book finally concludes with Juliette becoming the ruler of the world.

Thank God this is just fiction.

Camelot Burning

 

Arthurian steam-punk

 

Arthurian steam-punk? A definite no, I thought, until I read the first sentences:

“When a mechanical falcon takes flight from Merlin’s tower, it means the sorcerer is bored or drunk on absinthe.

I wonder if anyone else in Camelot stargazes enough to know this.”

Which left me feeling both amused and wistful at the same time.

Now, I haven’t read Arthurian stuff since I was a tumultuous teen who thrived on the pathos found in them, but this looks to be intriguingly different:

Seventeen-year-old Vivienne lives in a world of knights and ladies, corsets and absinthe, outlaw magic and alchemical machines.

By day, she is lady-in-waiting to the future queen of Camelot–Guinevere. By night, she secretly toils away in the clock tower as apprentice to Merlin, the infamous recovering magic addict.

Then she meets Marcus, below her in class, destined to become a knight, and just as forbidden as her apprenticeship with Merlin.

When Morgan le Fay, the king’s sorceress sister, declares war on Camelot, Merlin thinks they can create a metal beast powered by steam and alchemy to defeat her. But to save the kingdom, Vivienne will have to risk everything–her secret apprenticeship, her love for Marcus, and her own life.

Just picked up the book from the local bookstore!