October 17, 2020

The Midnight Bargain

The Midnight BargainThe Midnight Bargain by CL Polk
Published by Erewhon on October 13, 2020
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Goodreads
five-stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I loved CL Polk’s Witchmark so I had very high hopes for The Midnight Bargain. Reader, I was not disappointed.

This charming fantasy of manners marries an alternate Regency England with a world where some people are born with the ability to use magic.

Beatrice’s father made investments and convinced several acquaintances to do the same. Unfortunately, they didn’t pan out, leaving the family in dire financial straits. They have few options and even fewer allies.

The family has pinned their hopes on Beatrice having a successful Bargaining season and landing a wealthy husband.

But marriage means giving up magic. A sorceress wears a warding collar until the day she reaches menopause. A sorceress who practices magic while pregnant could allow the unborn child to become possessed. And Beatrice wants to practice magic, even the magics forbidden to women.

My thoughts about The Midnight Bargain

I loved the Regency romance types of details about clothing, food, and balls, even down to calling cards. The magic system was intriguing without being convoluted.

And the characters. Oh, the characters!

I adored Beatrice, her determination to follow her dreams, to do the right thing, even when it was heartbreaking. Her younger sister, Harriet, was fiery fun. I know Goodreads doesn’t have a sequel listed but I want to read Harriet’s story.

Ianthe was the perfect Regency hero – gorgeous, wealthy, and loving. I want to read more about his sister, Ysabeta too – so bold and determined.

The ending was definitely a HEA Regency romance ending but I was so invested in the characters that that was perfectly fine with me!

Your thoughts

Fantasy of manners is a favorite sub-genre for me. Fantasy and romance pair together so well. Do you have a favorite fantasy sub-genre? Tell me in the comments below!

Other books

Witchmark by CL Polk
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Looking for more of CL Polk’s lovely writing? Try her book Witchmark. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh is a charming novella. A Greenman falls in love with the aristocrat who owns his wood.

Thanks to NetGalley and Erewhon Books for the DRC.

About CL Polk

C. L. Polk (she/her/they/them) is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning debut novel Witchmark, the first novel of the Kingston Cycle.

Ms. Polk lives near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, in a tiny apartment with too many books and a yarn stash that could last a decade. She rides a green bicycle with a basket on the front.

She drinks good coffee because life is too short. She spends too much time on twitter.

Ms. Polk is represented by Caitlin McDonald of the Donald Maass

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