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City of Time and Magic

By Paula Brackston

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City of Time and Magic

Found Things (Volume 4)

Author: Paula


Xanthe meets Brackston’s most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch’s Daughter, in this crossover story with all the “historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting” of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly).

City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writing slope, a mourning brooch of heartbreaking detail, and a gorgeous gem-set hat pin. All call her, but the wrong one could take her on a mission other than that which she must address first, and the stakes could not be higher. While her earlier mission to Regency England had been a success, the journey home resulted in Liam being taken from her, spirited away to another time and place. Xanthe must follow the treasure that will take her to him if he is not to be lost forever.

Xanthe is certain that Mistress Flyte has Liam and determined to find them both. But when she discovers Lydia Flyte has been tracking the actions of the Visionary Society, a group of ruthless and unscrupulous Spinners who have been selling their talents to a club of wealthy clients, Xanthe realizes her work as a Spinner must come before her personal wishes. The Visionary Society is highly dangerous and directly opposed to the creed of the Spinners. Their actions could have disastrous consequences as they alter the authentic order of things and change the future. Xanthe knows she must take on the Society. It will require the skills of all her friends, old and new, to attempt such a thing, and not all of them will survive the confrontation that follows.

REVIEW

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


“It seems strange to me that in all your spinning through time, you have not yet encountered a witch?”

City of Time and Magic

Brackston catapults readers right into a beautiful, vivid and established world of London in the 1870, and the present with fully fleshed out characters, and engaging adventure of magic

City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston, is the fourth installment the Found Things Series. Xanthe Westlake is a Spinner, one who can spin time and travel through it.

This exquisitely written book picks up right from the the cliffhanger ending of book three, The Garden of Promises and Lies. When the unthinkable happens Xanthe will question the actions of Mistress Flyte her mentor. Who might have caused Liam’s inability to return to the present time with her. Feeling betrayed Xanthe is presented with three objects that sing to her. Unsure which one will take her back to the correct time period to transport her and bring Liam back. Xanthe seeks the aid her friend, Harley, and they both travel back to London in the 1870.

Once again Paula Brackston has completely captivated me, in this splendid historical fiction with magical realism. The stakes are high in this nonstop book, and Xanthe will need all the help she can get from her friends along with Elizabeth Hawksmith, who everyone knows is from The Witch’s Daughter series. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable.

I highly recommend this book to my friends and family! Oh by the way I am a Paula Brackston devotee!


AUTHOR

Paula Brackston

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Photo Credit: Cathy Graham

http://www.paulabrackston.com/books/

About the Author

PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter and The Little Shop of Found Things, among others. Paula lives with her family in the historical border city of Hereford in the beautiful Wye valley. When not at her desk in her writing room, she enjoys long walks with the dog in a sublime landscape filled with the imprints of past lives and ancient times.

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