Elizabeth’s Book Review: Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
How Excited Were We to Read This? 6. I picked this book up on a whim in the bookstore. The synopsis got me curious enough to purchase it though I wasn’t familiar with the authors at the time.
How Excited Are We Now? 9. Turned out to be a great impulse buy. We love Regency period books and we love magic. Putting them together turned out to be a match made in heaven!
Elizabeth’s Book Rating: 9, and only because I know we can’t give every book a 10.
Mary’s Book Rating: 10. I’m throwing caution to the wind. I loved this book!
A great deal is happening in London this season.
For starters, there’s the witch who tried to poison Kate at Sir Hilary’s induction into the Royal College of Wizards. (Since when does hot chocolate burn a hole straight through one’s dress?!)
Then there’s Dorothea. Is it a spell that’s made her the toast of the town–or could it possibly have something to do with the charm-bag under Oliver’s bed?
And speaking of Oliver, just how long can Cecelia and Kate make excuses for him? Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn’t bothered to tell anyone where he is!
The girls might think it all a magical nightmare … if only they weren’t having so much fun.
Review: Kate and Cecilia, affectionately known as Cecy, share an impressive ability to wander into trouble, whether at home or while in London for the Season. We get to experience their shenanigans as they are related to each other through the letters they exchange. They remind me of the emails I swap with my best friend who is living in Ireland for the year, which shows just how relatable they are. The cousins are feisty, just the way I like my heroines . Their time apart starts innocuously enough, but adventures soon ensue with the addition of magic and men (yay!). One of those men, “The Mysterious Marquis,” is in trouble, and it is up to his old friend James, Cecy, and most especially Kate to save him. Cecy turns out to have strong innate magical abilities, which is always fun and helpful in a pinch. Cecy hates James at first. Kate hates The Mysterious Marquis. Misunderstandings are unraveled. Love is discovered. We aren’t spoiling anything here, trust us. With this book, it’s not the destination, it’s the ride that counts! We were giggling aloud.
In case you were wondering, the authors actually wrote this book by adopting the personas and writing back and forth to each other.
Sister-Factor: 6. Kate actually has a sister, Georgina, but I find her rather annoying. Luckily for Kate, she has Cecy, who shares her cousin’s penchant for getting into mischief (because what fun is it without mischief?). You would be hard-pressed to find two other heroines that better personify “as close as sisters.” Yes, being cousins, they are already family, but you can tell they share an extra bond.
Re-Readability: 10. Loved it and keep loving it. I won’t even admit here how many times I’ve reread this book.
Recommended For: Fans of Patricia Wrede, obvs. Perhaps fans of more fantasy magic books like Sherwood Smith or Maria Snyder. Also readers who enjoy Regency period books a la Georgette Heyer.
If You Liked This Book You Should Also Check Out: The sequel… It has two, The Grand Tour and The Mislaid Magician. I liked The Grand Tour, but Mary got bored midway through. I found it mildly entertaining, but neither of us feel it lived up to the awesomeness of Sorcery and Cecelia. Mary did not even bother with the third one (she prefers her sexual tension unresolved!). I did, but I’m not sure I have ever re-read it, which is practically unheard of for me.
Also, other Patricia Wrede books like A Matter of Magic. I haven’t read any of her other stuff (yet), but Mary has and liked it.