Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review: Magic by Gaslight

Magic by Gaslight

By:  Philippa Ballantine

Publisher:  Imagine That! Studios

Publish Date:  March 9, 2012

Format:  eNovella, 27pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Romance

Series:  Stand-alone Novella

Recommendation:  Yes, a quick read for romance loving women who enjoy magic with a touch of steampunk mixed in.

Book Synopsis:
A novella of steampunk and magic, from one of the minds behind the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Lucinda is a witch in a alternative Victorian London, where being a witch is a death sentence.  Her coven harness sensuality and passion to make magic, and that is a crime according to the Association of Magicians.  Women with control of sex and magic are too dangerous to tolerate.  So Lucinda and her coven live in secret.  That is until she meets a young American magician, and their attraction cannot be denied, but they have always been taught such a thing can never be.

Rules however do not apply to the young and powerful.  Lucinda and Theo find out just how far they are prepared to go.

First Sentence:
The heat was building in her body.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Lucinda watches, learning a horrible lesson, as one of her coven is put to death by electric shock.  The Association of Magicians, all men, rule with their magics and have the world convinced women with control of sex and magic are to dangerous to have around, they are forbidden and sent to death when found.  We then see Lucinda as she prepares to meet the young American man, Theo, in an outing as before.  Lucinda fancies Theo courting her, and hopes to fill her vial of magic by being with him.  But when their fingers touch, skin to skin for the first time, they might find something dangerous and powerful between then.

I liked the world created here in this all to short Novella!  It seems quick, but Pip takes advantage of actions to show the world, and fears instilled into the characters.  Through these pages Pip creates a sensually magical world mixed with a touch of steampunk and romance.  The magic is sensual, and in the end you see how sensual.  This is definitely an adult read for that reason.

This novella is a starts to a world and story I hope Pip continues with.  I want to know more!  I do hope Pip continues with Lucinda and Theo through novella's or even into a novel next.  I'm curious what these two will do with their new found connection, one that is forbidden and told to be deadly.  I have a feeling of why they are to be kept apart, but I want to find all the more out about the history and what could happen next!

With that being said, this is a great thing and the downfall of a novella...I want more!

I read this Novella for my enjoyment.


  1. Sounds like a good one. I haven't read a nice, short romance for a while. And i do like a bit of magic.

    1. Carol - Oh, I hope you get a chance to give this quick read a try. It was very nice. :) Thank you!

  2. Someome sure likes her books :D
    *points at Curran*
    Oh wait, that as not right ;)

    1. Blodeuedd - hee hee. Um, Curran is looking at the review. ;D Yes, I do enjoy her writing. :)

    2. Oh that Curran, he sure wants to read the book too

  3. I want this and I don't. I do because I love her writing but I want longer books. :D I'm just greedy like that. ;)

    1. Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh I think you would enjoy this one! And a little thing I heard on Tee & Pip The Shared Desk, that Pip wants to do more with this. So, will another novel come around? Maybe. Maybe not. But a thought. :) Thank you!

  4. I'm already so curious about this novella but your review has created a frenzy to read it!

    1. StephanieD - Yeah! So glad you are curious about this one and liking what you are hearing. :D I do hope you get to give it a go. It's a lovely quick read. :D Thank you!


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