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ARC Review: A Marvellous Light

A MARVELLOUS LIGHT

FREYA MARSKE

SERIES: The Last Binding #1

REPRESENTATION: M/M romance

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Fantasy Historical Romance

GOODREADS

I loved A MARVELLOUS LIGHT so much!

It’s set in Edwardian England and opens with Robin, who’s basically just become the Home Office’s liaison to the secret magical world, except he had no idea, up until now, that magic is real. He’s quickly drawn into a deadly conspiracy and has to flee to his opposite numbers magical country estate so they can investigate.

A MARVELLOUS LIGHT has so many of the trope I adore: awkward allies, himbo jock meets nerdy librarian, administrative fantasy and isolated country house parties. It has a ticking clock curse, secret societies, killer hedge mazes and William Morris wallpaper.

The relationship between Robin and Edwin is gorgeous and jam-packed with teasing chemistry. The romance is sweet and the sex hot. The supporting characters are all fabulously written too, even the ones with little page-time feel like complete characters. I especially loved Miss Morrissey, Robin’s ridiculously efficient secretary.

As often happens, there’s little to say about a book you utterly love, other than to push it at everyone you can. I thought this was a five-star read, and I absolutely cannot wait to see where Edwin and Robin’s story takes them next.


Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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