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The Midnight Bargain de C. L. Polk

The Midnight Bargain (edição: 2020)

de C. L. Polk (Autor)

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Título:The Midnight Bargain
Autores:C. L. Polk (Autor)
Informação:Erewhon (2020), 384 pages
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The Midnight Bargain de C. L. Polk


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Beatrice wants to spend her life learning magic, doing magic, and becoming a mage. With this, she wants to help her merchant father. Unfortunately, society (and her father) have other plans for her: marriage and children. And as soon as a woman is married, on goes the collar to stifle all magic because it might hurt any forthcoming children. So, women don’t get to do magic (only men) until they are beyond childbearing years.

In a bookstore, as Beatrice hunts for grimoires (textbooks) to help her learn magic, she runs into a brother and sister from a wealthy family who could have an influence on her father’s business. The sister, Ysbeta, wants the same grimoire Beatirce has her hands on. Playing peacemaker, Ysbeta’s brother suggests Beatrice and Ysbeta learn together, but Ysbeta buys the book and walks out without providing an invitation/calling card for Beatrice to meet her to study. In the meantime, it is bargaining season when the eligible men come to woo the eligible daughters and/or bargain with their fathers.

This was good. Fantasy can be hit or miss for me, depending on the type of fantasy. This was urban fantasy, so more my “thing”. There is also a romance mixed in, but not too much romance for my liking, either. Overall, I liked it. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 14, 2021 |
In a patriarchal society that collars female mages to prevent their unborn children from being possessed by spirits, a young woman studies magic and hopes to avoid collaring with the help of the secretly printed grimoires for women. There’s love and loyalty and, possibly my favorite, dedication to helping people put above personal romance. It’s generally good fun though perhaps a bit sanguine about the easiness of big social change. ( )
1 vote rivkat | Jun 24, 2021 |
This book was on the Canada Reads shortlist this year. It's a fantasy novel that mixes magic and romance in a fictional Victorian-style setting. After reading Polk's debut novel Witchmark, I had high hopes for this book but the story and characters did not appeal to me in the same way. However, I did like very much the character Nadi, an impulsive and capricious spirit who possesses the main character Beatrice in order to experience the pleasures of the human world. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Jun 13, 2021 |
Thank Goodness for Canada Reads. Otherwise I probably would never have considered reading this book since fantasy is not high on my list of favourite genres. But Rosey Edeh did such a great job of advocating for this book that I put a hold on it at my library. And I loved it. It's sort of Jane Austen with magic and a lot of female empowerment.

Beatrice Clayborn is the elder daughter of a merchant and his wife. Her father invested in a shipment of rare orchids and convinced many of his friends and neighbours to do so as well. Unfortunately by the time the ship returned with the orchids the fickle whims of society had moved on to some other rarity and he lost a great deal of money. Now the family has come to the bargaining season where young ingenues are brought to find a suitable marriage match. Beatrice, however, has no desire to get married. She is a sorceress and in order to bear healthy children all women with magic powers must wear a circlet around her neck that negates her magical powers. She has learned quite a bit about expanding her powers by reading coded books called grimoires and she has just sensed another one as she is on her way to a dress fitting. Just as she has picked it up a young man and woman appear and she can tell from their auras that they also have magical powers. The couple are a brother and sister called Ianthe and Ysbeta Lavan who are heirs to a very wealthy family from another land. They have also come for the Bargaining Season but, like Beatrice, Ysbeta has no desire to marry. Beatrice is convinced to give the book up to Ysbeta when she promises to share it with Beatrice although it becomes apparent that she has no intention to do so. Beatrice summons a helpful spirit to get the book back which sets up further meetings between herself and the Lavans. The spirit required that Beatrice let her experience things like a piece of cake and the sight of stars in the sky and a kiss from a handsome man in return for her help. Of course, the man that she kissed was Ianthe Lavan and there was a spark of desire on both parts. As days go by and the opportunities to meet increase Beatrice becomes increasingly torn between her desire for Ianthe and her plan to devote herself to magic. She understands Ysbeta's wishes and wants to help her achieve them. It simply is not fair that women must give up their magical powers in order to marry and have children. If only there was some way to have both.

CBC has posted a list of 8 books to read if you loved The Midnight Bargain. I think I'm going to have to check some of them out. One of them is by Ausma Zehanat Khan who is the author of an interesting mystery series so I think that will be my first try (The Bloodprint) ( )
1 vote gypsysmom | May 17, 2021 |
This is my favorite kind of fantasy with lots of magic and assumed sexism. Well actually I did get kind of distressed at one point about the oppression of women in this magical culture, but I kept telling myself that it was only a story. The book centers around bargaining season when families bring their marriageable daughters to a round of parties so they can find rich husbands and rich men can find women to pass their magical bloodlines on to their children. In order to avoid giving birth to demon-like children, women wear a collar that destroys their magic. Some only wear it when they're pregnant, but in the main character's society, the collar is worn from the day of marriage until menopause. For obvious Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott reasons our main character, Beatrice, doesn't want to get married. She wants to live her life using her magic and assisting her father in his business. And for these same reasons, of course, her family is having none of that. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | May 12, 2021 |
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C. L. Polkautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
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