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A captivating return to the worlds of Strange, Norrell and Faerie
on 24 September 2017
I couldn't bear to depart from the world of Strange and Norrell at the close of the novel, so I immediately alighted on 'The Ladies'. I found it charming and was delighted to be back in the same universe without the overarching narrative of the first novel - I felt as if I could take my time here, there was less urgency to find out what was to come (also, this is quite short so I think I was more aware of savouring it). I don't want to include spoilers but noting characters and allusions, familiar from the first novel felt satisfyingly like an inside joke. There were also new things, and the extra information about Faerie made me want to read more/read the first one again.
Despite really enjoying this, I must say that I don't think that I would have been as captivated by it had I not read Strange and Norrell first. Nonetheless, it worked for me well, I enjoyed it and by the time I had finished it I was happy enough to read something different without feeling bereft.