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At the House of the Magician Kindle Edition

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'Contains real and fictitious characters, full of detail of life at the time, paints a good picture of Elizabethan life'
-- Books for Keeps, No 175, March 2009

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Lucy has been forced to run away from home as she fears for her safety from her drunken father. She is taken on as a maid at the house of Dr Dee, court magician, upon whom Elizabeth I relies heavily, even down to advising the date of her coronation. The household is strange and sinister, and Lucy has a nose for intrigue ...And she has more than enough to satisfy her: Lucy stumbles across a plot to assassinate the queen and has to find means to warn her...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (14 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093K1JGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Hooper has been writing books for nearly thirty years. And before that she was writing short stories. Her early books about a pregnant teenager: MEGAN, are still very popular, one teacher calling the three books a "rite of passage".

Over the last five or so years she has been writing nothing but historical fiction, mostly for young adults, although NEWES FROM THE DEAD was actually written for an adult audience. This book has won several awards, including both the Hull and the Stockport Book Awards. The historian and novelist Alison Weir said that NEWES was "Stunning!" There are even plans to turn it into a musical, though if you know the content of the book you'll conclude that it would be a very unusual one.

Mary's book set in a Victorian undertaker's is called FALLEN GRACE and comes out in the UK in June 2010 and in the US a little later. Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist, called it "Bloody Marvellous!" Her latest book is called VELVET and is about a 19th century medium. THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY is Mary's first Regency novel and will be published in May 2013.

Mary has a fan page on Facebook and her own website.

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At the house of the Magician is the first historical novel in a series about about an Elizabethian girl called Lucy who works in the house of the magical Dr Dee. Lucy in the book is very belivable,which I feel is important in a book. It gives you lots of Information about Queen Elizabeth I and the historical detail is simple and clear, if there is any historical words you don't understand you can simply look them up in the back of the book, which is a nice touch. This think this book is a brilliant quick read for teenagers, who like historical fantasy.
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This is the story of rather nosy Lucy, who finds herself in the household of the odd and pre-occupied Dr Dee, the court magician. It's a little bit scary, a little bit magical, and a little bit romantic, too. Enjoy the simple historical detail, and the meeting with Elizabeth the First. The story happens quickly and is full of surprises.
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Lucy escapes her poor village and drunk abusive father in search of work and money to provide her mother with a better way of life. This story follows her in seeking employment and then the adventures and events that surround her when her luck turns, and she finds herself employed by the somewhat mysterious Dr Dee.

At the House of the Magician is an historical fiction with some supernatural aspects revolving around Lucy, the protagonist of the novel. I think that most of the historical aspects seemed believable; set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the troubles between the monarch and Mary Queen of Scots is briefly discussed and the grandure of the palace and the queens clothes are described in great detail. At the end of the book, after the end of the story itself, the author provides some background to the history and the setting of the novel and I think that this makes it a lot more believable and helps, in hindsight, to establish the way of life of the inhabitants of Elizabethan England.

To me, the plot was quite slow and not much happened until the end of the novel. Although at first this was quite disappointing, I soon found out that there is also a sequel which may have played a part in the reasoning behind giving this story such an abrupt ending.

Lucy, the main character, is quite interesting and the reader gets to learn quite a lot about her background and family, as well as her adventurous side which is explored more as the story develops. Some of the side characters were not very well developed and I found that this led to some of them being insignificant to the story but this may change in the sequel, which I plan to read at some point in the future.
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The style of writing of Mary Hooper always draws me in. I finish the books very quickly. This is book is full suspense
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Excellent author, well written and a really good read for a confident twelve year old reader. Other books by the same author have been good too.
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