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By A Customer
This review is from: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Paperback)
I approached this novel with some reservations. The comparisons with Harry Potter made me wary, as this has become a standard ploy to encourage us to lift a book from the shelves. The size also made me hesitate, not because there is too much reading but because of the sheer weight.
When I began reading, however, I realised that this book was something special. There is plenty of humour, suspense, imagination, atmosphere and strong characters that the reader comes to really care about. The turns that the story takes are constantly surprising and exciting and the world in which magic is accepted as being part of the British way of life is completely convincing.
Having the Duke of Wellington triumph in battle because the roads have been magically removed is great fun, but the terrible fate that faces those befriended by the Fairy King is frightening.
For anyone that enjoys Harry Potter this book is ideal - however it is much more complex, convincing and frightening than anything that has happened in Hogwarts. This is not just a book about magic written for grown ups, this is a grown up book that stays with you after you have finished reading.