Review + Giveaway – The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

TITLE:    The Twelfth Enchantment

AUTHOR:    David Liss
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 399 pages
PUBLISHED:   Random House, 2011
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Review and Book Tour

FROM GOODREADS:  Lucy Derrick is a young Regency woman of good breeding and poor finances: after the death of her father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as an unwanted boarder with her unpleasant uncle, fending off marriage to the local mill owner, Mr. Olson. But her prospects of even that unwanted match are complicated by the appearance of a beautiful stricken man who appears on the family doorstep begging her not to marry Mr. Olson just as he collapses. This appearance seems to open the door to a series of increasingly strange occurrences surrounding Lucy. Soon it becomes clear that there is more at stake than her own happiness — and that she is caught between two forces, one ancient and one modern — and that the soul of her very country is at stake.

MY TAKE:    The Twelfth Enchantment was not quite what I was expecting when I signed up for the tour.  I was ready for an ordinary historical fiction story and instead was treated to an “extraordinary” tale that included elements of history, fiction, magic and romance.  Mind you, we are still reading a Regency era story about the Industrial Revolution and the role of the Luddites; it just happens to brilliantly encompass several other genres.

David Liss has created an intriguing story about an average-seeming woman who is destined for quite an adventure.  Lucy first appears to be a quiet, level headed young woman who is resigned to her fate as the wife of a dour mill owner.  As the reader sympathises with Lucy’s plight, circumstances take a new turn with the unexpected appearance of a wild man in the night who begs her to not marry Mr. Olson. 

I liked Lucy’s character.  She was a strong woman with normal desires and dreams.  Admittedly there were a few moments when I wanted to prod her along a bit, but I enjoyed her journey out from under her uncle’s oppression.  Characters were well written and well placed in the story.  The introduction of Lord Bryon was a fabulous addition who brought much to the plot.  Mr. Morrison was a definite favorite as well.

The author managed to leave the reader wondering at many points throughout the book exactly who Lucy could really count on.  There are many plot twists and turns to keep the suspense high.  Romance and mystery are highly prevalent in this lovely tale that I recommend whole-heartedly. 

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and author David Liss, we have one copy of The Twelfth Enchantment for one of you lucky readers.
  • Must be 13 years old or more
  • US or Canada residents
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  • Contest ends at midnight PST August 8th
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email
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  1. This sounds like it is in a similar genre as "The Magicians and Mrs. Quent" by Galen Beckett, which is intriquing, I've put this book on my wish list.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  2. I know from his previous novels that Mr. Liss is a fantastic writer. This may be a departure from the strict "historical fiction" genre, but I think it sounds, well, enchanting! Looking forward to reading this one, but sure would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  3. I've read David Liss' other historical novels and LOVED them… this seems a bit of a departure since the others were more of a noir-detective type while this seems to verge on romance and some magic. I'm curious to see what it's like. He is a TERRIFIC writer.

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