The Twelfth Enchantment

The Twelfth Enchantment

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Lucy Derrick, a young Regency woman of good breeding and poor finances, is warned by a beautiful stricken man not to marry Mr. Olson, the local mill owner. Soon it becomes clear that there is more at stake than her own happiness--and that she is caught between two forces, one ancient and one modern.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781400068968
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 12th enchantment


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Apr 18, 2017

David Liss is the un-crowned king of literary historical fiction. He left Columbia to pursue writing and made his debut with "A Conspiracy of Paper," the first of his novels feature Benjamin Weaver, an 18th century Jewish ex-boxer turned kind of private eye. Aside from being rousing stories, Liss also vividly evokes the time period he writes about and they have a special appeal for English majors who have spent some time with 18th century novels. In "The Twelfth Enchantment," he moves into the 19th century for a story that involves a stolen inheritance, the Luddites, the industrial revolution, a changeling, a magic book, revenants, the supernatural, William Blake, and Lord Byron. If this all sounds like a lot, Liss deftly weaves in the historical aspects with his own fervent imagination. In Lucy Derrick, he creates a heroine who is ever bit as resourceful, intelligent, and well-drawn as his better known Benjamin Weaver. I would love to see this as a mini-series.

melwyk May 01, 2012

I liked it, but wasn't wild about it. I'm not fond of real people as characters in fiction, and this one features quite a few (ie: Lord Byron, William Blake...) Still, if you're looking for a well-written addition to the growing genre of Regency magic, this is a good bet. There's lots of dark magic, books, engravings, ghost dogs, poetry, dresses!, illicit love, betrayal, and of course, True Love. It was a quick read that gave a nod to Austen and the expectations of Regency fiction even as it added its own dark flavour to the era.

debwalker Sep 10, 2011

"It’s the early 1800s in Nottingham, England. Lucy Derrick, 20, has been living with her cruel uncle since the death of her beloved father, who left her penniless. Her uncle can’t wait to marry her off to a 35-year-old hosiery-mill owner to get her out of the house. Lucy’s life is changed radically when the rakish Lord Byron shows up."
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