AUTHOR: David Liss
GENRE: Fantasy Fiction, Historic Fantasy and Fantasy Mystery
SETTING(S) : Early 1800’s in Nottingham, England and London, England
SUBJECT: Mutus Liber ( La Rochelle 17th Century Book), Adventure, Love, Magic, History, Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTERS :
Miss. Lucy Derrick, Mrs. Martha Buckles, Miss. Emily Derrick, Mr.Derrick, Mrs. Quince, Mr. Jonas Morrison, Mr. Olson, Lord Byron, Sophie Hyatt, Mr.Buckles, Lady Harriett Dyer, Mr. Richard Lowell, Mrs. Emmett, Miss. Mary Crawford, Mr. Blake, The Luddites and The Rosicrucian (Rosy Cross).
Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as the unwanted border of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is on the cusp of accepting a life of misery, events take a stunning turn when a handsome stranger—the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron—arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy. Suddenly her unfortunate circumstances are transformed in ways at once astonishing and seemingly impossible. Read On—Good Reads.com
Miss. Lucy Derrick is an intelligent and young woman of early 20’s who just lost her father and her sister Emily. Both herself and sister Martha find themselves in a difficult situation. Martha decided to marry their cousin a Mr.Buckles who will be inheriting their family home in hopes he will provide Lucy a home. The end result is that Lucy finds herself living with her uncle Mr. Richard Lowell. With the help of his servant Mrs. Quince; they make Lucy life terrible with abused treatment. She is forced to marry a Mr. Olson who is a rich Cotton Mills owner.
Lucy has little hopes of marring for love; Mr. Olson is her only hope of marring well and in good society. Especially after her scandalised act of age 16 when she ran off with a Mr. Jonas Morrison. After that terrible event she always felt responsible for her sister’s Emily death. Things begin to change for Lucy when a strange visitor disrupt the little house hold of Richard Lowell. Lucy finds herself reconnecting with Mr.Jonas Morrison and meeting some new characters all in hopes for finding the pages of the Mutus Liber. At the end the Mutus Liber allows Lucy to make peace and discover the secrets of her past.
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At the beginning I had a difficult time reading this novel. Once I got to the end of the first chapter I could not put the book down. At times it was hard to read because it had too many references to demons and dark magic. So if you are religious you may have some difficulties or trouble reading this book like I did.
Over all I thought it was well written. I decided to describe it as a historic mystery because it did have so many piece at first the reader begins to question as Lucy takes you on her journey. By the end all those pieces begin to be answered.
I really enjoyed it and connected with it after watching the series North and South. In which I am planning on reading that novel next. Both touch the difficulties of the industrial period when cotton and fabric mills were becoming to rise in Europe and America. How dangerous and dirty they were to work in. Both show the sides of the workers and the Mill owner.