The Twelfth Enchantment

The Twelfth Enchantment

A Novel

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Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is on the cusp of accepting a life of misery, events take a stunning turn when a handsome stranger--the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron--arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy. Suddenly her unfortunate circumstances are transformed in ways at once astonishing and seemingly impossible.

With the world undergoing an industrial transformation, and with England on the cusp of revolution, Lucy is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy in which her life, and her country's future, are in the balance. Inexplicably finding herself at the center of cataclysmic events, Lucy is awakened to a world once unknown to her: where magic and mortals collide, and the forces of ancient nature and modern progress are at war for the soul of England . . . and the world. The key to victory may be connected to a cryptic volume whose powers of enchantment are unbounded. Now, challenged by ruthless enemies with ancient powers at their command, Lucy must harness newfound mystical skills to prevent catastrophe and preserve humanity's future. And enthralled by two exceptional men with designs on her heart, she must master her own desires to claim the destiny she deserves.

The Twelfth Enchantment is the most captivating work to date of a master literary conjurer.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
ISBN: 9781400068968
Characteristics: 399 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 12th enchantment


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Apr 18, 2017

David Liss is the un-crowned king of literary historical fiction. He left Columbia to pursue writing and made his debut with "A Conspiracy of Paper," the first of his novels feature Benjamin Weaver, an 18th century Jewish ex-boxer turned kind of private eye. Aside from being rousing stories, Liss also vividly evokes the time period he writes about and they have a special appeal for English majors who have spent some time with 18th century novels. In "The Twelfth Enchantment," he moves into the 19th century for a story that involves a stolen inheritance, the Luddites, the industrial revolution, a changeling, a magic book, revenants, the supernatural, William Blake, and Lord Byron. If this all sounds like a lot, Liss deftly weaves in the historical aspects with his own fervent imagination. In Lucy Derrick, he creates a heroine who is ever bit as resourceful, intelligent, and well-drawn as his better known Benjamin Weaver. I would love to see this as a mini-series.

melwyk May 01, 2012

I liked it, but wasn't wild about it. I'm not fond of real people as characters in fiction, and this one features quite a few (ie: Lord Byron, William Blake...) Still, if you're looking for a well-written addition to the growing genre of Regency magic, this is a good bet. There's lots of dark magic, books, engravings, ghost dogs, poetry, dresses!, illicit love, betrayal, and of course, True Love. It was a quick read that gave a nod to Austen and the expectations of Regency fiction even as it added its own dark flavour to the era.

debwalker Sep 10, 2011

"It’s the early 1800s in Nottingham, England. Lucy Derrick, 20, has been living with her cruel uncle since the death of her beloved father, who left her penniless. Her uncle can’t wait to marry her off to a 35-year-old hosiery-mill owner to get her out of the house. Lucy’s life is changed radically when the rakish Lord Byron shows up."
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