Bewitching Season

Bewitching Season

By Marissa Doyle

Square Fish, Paperback, 9780312596958, 346pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009


In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn't.

Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for "coming out" is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn't such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.

"Bewitching Season" is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College intending to be an archaeologist, but she somehow got distracted. When not writing historical YA and fantasy for adults and kids, she's sailing on Cape Cod, quilting, or collecting 19th century fashion prints. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, an alarming number of research books, and a highly opinionated fourteen-pound lop-eared rabbit who shares her fondness for coffee and dark chocolate. She is the author of the young adult historical fantasies "Bewitching Season", "Betraying Season", and "Courtship and Curses".

Praise For Bewitching Season

*  “This wonderfully crafted debut novel braids several very different storylines into an utterly satisfying whole.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“Fans of historical mysteries will find this a page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A romp.”—Kliatt
“A good book to pick for several hours of enjoyable escape.”—VOYA