Reviews for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

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One of the pleasures of A Discovery of Witches is how Harkness seamlessly blends the real and fantasy worlds together. This skill, along with the grounding of the story in a weave of deep mythical elements, makes Clarke's novel a good next read. While the more overt romance element is lacking in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the scale, pace, lush descriptions, and brooding danger all combine to offer readers another immersive experience. Famous for its faux footnotes, Clarke's novel tells the story of English Magic as it is practiced and controlled by two wizards during the Napoleonic wars (and a span of time running concurrently in a timeless and trackless Fairy world). As the dangerous characters of Fairy intrude more firmly into the world of men, and as Strange and Norrell uncover more magic in their restrained battle with each other, dark and dangerous fissures erupt. - Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads" Booksmack! 3/3/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.