Jonathan Strange

by Susanna Clarke

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Book 48 of 445 in the Best Fantasy Books
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At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England--until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.

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Footch | 2013-03-22 05:50:45
A fantastic and very unique book. It was a very fun read that wad even a little informative
Anonymous | 2013-05-02 09:46:57
An excellent book! Anyone who dislikes it obviously didn't check the number of pages before they read it: it is a real doorstopper but, for this book, that is a point in its favour. You'll miss it once you've put it down.
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Anonymous | 2013-09-07 08:44:18
Love this book. It is beautifully written, and while it starts off slowly, it really picks up the pace after a few chapters. By the time you're at the end, you'll be amazed at how immersed you are in the story. Its rather affected Jane Austen style prose is, unusually among modern books, a positive and not a negative.
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