Welcome to the wizarding world of…. Elizabeth and Darcy?
A sparkling tale of Regency England, a forced marriage, and two magicians who must work together to save the Kingdom.
Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when the Royal Mages come to her peaceful country home of Longbourn to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful mage by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.
But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if the Kingdom is to defeat Napoleon’s mages. They may dislike each other on sight, but Darcy and Elizabeth have to overcome their differences and find common ground before it is too late. Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them.
Join the author of ‘Fortune and Felicity’ in this Jane Austen Fantasy Variation, an enchanting story of determination, love, and hope against all odds.
He read the thoughts on her face. This changes everything. Or perhaps those were his own thoughts.
When Monica asked me if I would be interested in reading a fantasy version of Elizabeth and Darcy, I was intrigued… but I had my doubts. I have never been a fantasy reader but I have been enjoying branch out in little ways with the Jane Austen fan fiction I have been reading.
I ended up staying awake until after midnight to finish Dangerous Magic because I could NOT put it down. The chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy is magical. (pun intended) I will admit as someone who has never read magic/fantasy before there were times were I was in a little over my head with the “mages” and “spells” but it was never to a point where it distracted from the overall plot. I was clearly hooked and dying to see what happened in the end.
This story is quick-paced and highly enjoyable. My biggest complaint is that it ended with the three words readers hate most… To be continued. I am looking forward to reading the continuation.
A Note From Monica
Hello everyone, I’m probably at the library today.
That is something I would be saying to my family if the libraries weren’t closed here in the UK because of lockdown. I have my favorite desk in the study area where I go to write about twice a week, and I am really missing it. I love libraries – the rows of cheerful books on the shelf, that particular scent of old paper, and the world of possibilities that beckon to me in the form of books. In my novel, Dangerous Magic, Elizabeth Bennet is mesmerized by the beautiful old library she finds at the Mage’s Hall, and I have to admit her feelings reflect mine when I visit old libraries in some English historical manor.
Which is why I’m especially pleased right now to be actually At the Library, albeit virtually, and having the chance to interact with Melissa and her faithful band of readers.
Melissa wanted me to talk about what inspired me to write Dangerous Magic. The fact is, I’ve been wanting to write a fantasy for a long time. One of the first things I wrote when I decided I wanted to focus my energy on writing was a novella about a dragon trapped in a high tower who is rescued by a princess. It was a kind of Beauty and the Beast story, where the dragon would turn into a human once he was loved. It was a fairy-tale romance. I submitted it to an editor, but it got rejected because they wanted something more – um – explicit.
Well, that is not what I like to write, so I put it aside and turned to my other favorite genres: Jane Austen and Regency. Apart from a dystopian novel that was Jane Austen-inspired, I have been writing Jane Austen and Regency since 2009.
But I still had a yen to do fantasy, and I kept thinking that Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet would make a lovely fairy-tale couple with magic powers. Then, when the lockdowns came, I decided it was now or never. As it turned out, writing the novel was a perfect way for me to escape into a realm of the imagination, a retreat from the clamor and anxiety of the outside world. Inside its pages is an imaginary Regency era touched by magic, inhabited by Pride and Prejudice characters who spar with magic as well as with words. I really hope everyone enjoys reading Dangerous Magic as much I enjoyed writing it.
She fought him with fire, every step of the way, even if fire was not her magic.
Monica Fairview writes Jane Austen sequels and variations as well as Regencies. Her latest novel is a Pride and Prejudice fantasy variation, Dangerous Magic. Her biggest claim to fame is living in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester, long before the house was restored. After studying in the USA, she taught literature, then became an acupuncturist. She now lives near London.
Monica loves anything to do with the nineteenth century, and obsessively follows every period drama she can find. Some of her favorites are ‘North and South’, ‘Bright Star’ and ‘War and Peace’, and a dozen others that she couldn’t possibly list here. Of course, she has watched Pride and Prejudice (1995 and 2005) more times than she could count on her hands and toes.
Monica enjoys reading fantasy and post-apocalyptic novels but avoids zombies like the plague. She loves to laugh, drink tea, and visit National Trust historic properties [those were the days!], and she is convinced that her two cats can understand everything she says.
Thank you to Monica for having me a part of her book tour. It was an exceptional book to read! I look forward to reading more of her books. If you haven’t joined yet, check out the Fantasy Reads for Austen Fans Facebook group.