No two persons ever read the same book. --Edmund Wilson

Monday, February 28, 2005

#18: A Scholar of Magics -- Caroline Stevermer

Alternate Edwardian England. This novel (sequel to A College of Magics) is set in Glasscastle, a three-college academic institution (males only) somewhere in the west of England: the colleges include Wearyall and Holythorn, which should give you an idea of the geography. Took a while to get into, but it has two marvellous conceits: firstly, an Earth-centred cosmology as a magical (rather than physical) truth; secondly, the notion that, since witches can't cross water, all colonials are genetically disposed to have no magical talent, since any emigrant who had it wouldn't have survived the initial voyage.

reposted here from LJ in order to keep all my reviews in one place

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