The Midnight Queen (Noctis Magicae #1 by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.
Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father’s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.
Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.
My Quick Review
Even though this book came out in 2014, I enjoy discovering new books to read no matter how old. I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Blogginforbooks in return for an honest review. I am glad I picked this book. From page one, I was drawn in by the writing. The Midnight Queen is the sort of book I feel people will love, but don’t nearly read enough about. It creates a world that you want to be a part of. It is a story of adventure, danger, betrayal, love, and murder. This book had many different feels to it. It can often feel like a historical novel and a fantasy book all in one, which is great if you are a fan of both genres. The world felt very realistic with an undercurrent of magic throughout. It is a setting that I really really love. anything that provides a magical place with wizards, spells and intrigue around every corner, is one that I want to read about.
The Midnight Queen stands on its own exceptionally well. I’ve already read the second one, Lady of Magick (which is just as good) and I can’t wait to get the third book soon. If you like character-centred stories, magic, action, alternate histories, a love story and a story of someone learning that they can be who they want to be – read this.