Not a serious book, but a fun one. The narration, in particular, does very well in expressing what are considered the norms for Regency society, while making it very clear that this work is written for a modern audience, with modern sensibilities. The juxtaposition of those attitudes made for much of the humor in the work for me. The story itself was fun, with interesting characters, and by choosing persons who are not within the mainstream of Regency society allowed for a more enjoyable story.
My mother and I got this book as something for the road, and it served admirably to pass the hours and keep the mind engaged.
Finally, enough good cannot be said for the reader's performance. Ms. Porter manages to take unique voices for several major characters, such that simply hearing the tone of her voice will convey who is speaking - this made for a much more clear, and enjoyable, experience.
Overall, this is a charming and entertaining entry to the magical realism/urban fantasy realm. As a long-time fan of alternate history I found some of the blythe assertions tossed out in the narration to be a bit over the top - but these are minor flaws that the plot and writing does an excellent job of keeping the audience from noticing during the story. It is thoroughly entertaining and well worth the time.
Emily Gray's narration is excellent. The emphasis she gives to various character's voices enhances the story, and the characterizations, well beyond what I'd think one would get from the text alone. In particular she manages to infuse Alexia's frequent shifts from competence to confusion with a deft touch that brings Alexia to life.
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