The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett

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Galen Beckett's 2008 novel The Magicians and Mrs. Quent features a plot cobbled together from the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Henry James, bound together by a hefty dose of classic fantasy. The end result falls short of Susanna Clarke's thematically similar Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but is readable enough in its own right. Beckett's heroine is Ivy Lockwell, the eldest daughter of a respectable but impoverished family in the island nation of Altania. . . .

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