Many strong similarities to Susanna Clarkes work, same time frame, same idea of fairyland sitting alongside England and magic linked mainly to gentlemen and the upper classes.
Also similar to Jonathan Strange a d Mr Norell the book is quite the slow burner. Its slowly an carefully constructed, being almost too slow in stages. The detail and build up draw quite an interesting social, magical and political system , the author also stretches the setup to the world further afield.
Definitely an interesting debut, well drawn characters, a nice use of language , and occasional turn of humour.
Sometimes that pacing was a little too slow but the book is finished very well and is well set up for the follow on.
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