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The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After (2006) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

The third Cecelia and Kate book comes ten years after their Grand Tour. Both have offspring that seem to get into as much trouble as their mothers did when they were younger, and some of the children seem to be showing an early aptitude for magic.

In a change from the first two books, we now have not just the correspondence between Ceci and Kate, but also between James and Thomas.

In this story, James and Ceci are sent off by the Duke of Wellington to search for a missing magician–one who was sent to look into the newfangled steam engine trains, while Kate and Thomas watch their children.

after the first half dozen, one child more or less makes little difference to the general chaos, disorder, and stickiness of life.

And Georgy has taken up residence with Kate and Thomas as well, hiding from what, she won’t say, but she hasn’t changed any in ten years.

P.P.S. Georgy is composing a letter of apology to you and James. She (belatedly but sincerely) regrets exposing your children to risk. From the amount of time she devotes to this missive, I fear it will be extremely long. It may even be in verse. I thought you should be warned. —K.

It’s another fun story, though I am not sure how much I benefited by reading the three books one after the other. They were a lovely escape, but they didn’t necessarily have the same draw, read one right after the other.

Additionally, I had a terrible time keeping Kate and Ceci’s kids straight, and could not keep track of their ages. Considering how frequently the children are mentioned, a cast of characters would have been helpful.
Rating: 7/10

Published by Open Road Media Teen & Tween

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