by Paraic O’Donnell - £8.99 Orion Publishing Co (2017)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781474601030 | ISBN 10: 1474601030
The Night Circus meets The Tiger's Wife meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in this magical and mysterious gothic debut.
'It is no small matter, after all, to create something - to make it so only by setting down the words.
We forget the magnitude, sometimes, of that miracle.'
Mr Crowe was once the toast of the finest salons. A man of learning and means, he travelled the world, enthralling all who met him.
Now, Mr Crowe devotes himself to earthly pleasures. He has retreated to his sprawling country estate, where he lives with Clara, his mysterious young ward, and Eustace, his faithful manservant. His great library gathers dust and his once magnificent gardens grow wild.
But Mr Crowe and his extraordinary gifts have not been entirely forgotten. When he acts impetuously over a woman, he attracts the attention of Dr Chastern, the figurehead of a secret society to which Crowe still belongs. Chastern comes to Crowe's estate to call him to account, and what follows will threaten everyone he cares for. But Clara possesses gifts of her own, gifts whose power she has not yet fully grasped. She must learn to use them quickly, if she is to save them all.
(Price & availability last checked: January 2017)
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