by M. K. Hobson
In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.
The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.
I heard about this one a little while ago, on another BookTuber's reading wrap-up video. She said that she'd really enjoyed it, and recommended it. As soon as she started reading out the synopsis though, that was when I knew I had to get it on the Wishlist!
I've recently become a little infatuated with 'Wild West' stories, and I'm especially excited about the Fantasy twist in this one. It's almost like a Steampunk novel, but set in America, rather than Britain, which I think could be very interesting. I also have a bit of thing for stories about witches. And all other things aside - that cover is just beautiful.
I'm pretty sure that this is going to be very different to anything else I've read, but also something I'm going to really enjoy. It's definitely at the top of my Wishlist!
What do you think of this book? Have I convinced you to add it to your Wishlist, as well?
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