Saturday 30 October 2021

Book Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske (Historical LGBT Fantasy)

Title: A Marvellous Light
Author: Freya Marske
Publisher: Tor UK (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Publication Date: 26 October 2021
Format: Paperback
Genre: Historical LGBT Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher

Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.


I read this book while recovering from my second vaccination jab, and the fact that I loved every minute of it even while battling exhaustion and headaches says a lot. A Marvellous Light had a wonderful premise, engaging characters and delightful, easy-reading prose. The relationship between the characters developed well, and the world building was nicely accomplished. I particularly liked the idea of houses being imbued with magic over time, ready to jump to the aid of their owners when needed. This is the first book in a trilogy and when I turned the final page last night I was certainly keen to know what would happen next, so I will be eagerly awaiting the release of book two! Recommended to anyone who thinks a gay historical paranormal murder mystery is just what they need in their life! 

I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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