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    I loved most of this book. The alternate England where magic is prevalent charmed me, and I was delighted to be led from one point of view to another with digression piling on digression. The style is deceptively simple and the footnotes create a feeling of authenticity. However I did feel disappointed in the ending -- the richness of the detail and the many threads of the story led me to expect a much more satisfying culmination than I feel the book delivered.
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    N&S

    A fantastic journey through the fantastical!
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    On the fence

    I have friends who love this book and others who hate it. I have to say I am in the middle. I attempted to read it on e before but did not finish, a fate that seems common for this book. It is big and dense and full of footnotes. It can be a slow read and challenging. My second go through I knew what to expect so it was somewhat more enjoyable. It is definitely rich and imaginative. Lord Byron's brief appearance adds a little comic relief. Enjoyable and worth it, with very vivid imagery.
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    Two Worlds

    Wonderfully imaginative telling of a tumultuous decade in which "English magic is returned to England." Told from the perspectives of two English magicians, teacher and pupil, and their division over how the worlds of Fairie
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    Painfully slow, to much description with little point.

    I have made it to 18% and simply cannot continue. I will say there is a lot of character building and a lot of thought in descriptive, however the plot building is either immensely slow or just very disjointed. There was a review which compared the book to Harry Potter, but I see no similarity. If you are very patient and don't mind the hours with no direction, you may enjoy the book based on other reviews, however to the point I made it to, I would not recommend this book.
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