Just finished reading a big, fun novel. And by “just” I mean like two minutes ago. So of course right away I had to log into GoodReads right away and record my impression of it. That makes finishing a book seem like much more of an accomplishment.
I very much enjoyed this book. It is like historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres, but it is set in an alternate history, one that involves the existence of magic. It is a very thick book, with very long footnotes that serve to create the context of this novel — referencing older magicians and places and stories. At times the footnotes did bog me down a bit because I didn’t want to keep leaving the pace of the story, but they were also fun, and made the “history” seem more legitimate.
The story is quirky and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The writing is clever, witty, and at times beautiful. I’d recommend this one.