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****The Grand Tour

Or The Purloined Coronation Regalia

being a revelation of matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, including extracts from the intimate diary of a Noblewoman and the sworn testimony of a Lady of Quality

by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Reviewed August 24, 2004.
Harcourt, Orlando, 2004.  469 pages.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #15, Fantasy for Young Adults

As soon as I learned that the sequel to Sorcery and Cecilia was coming out, I ordered my own copy from Amazon, as well as one for the library.  Of course, this made a delightful excuse to reread the earlier book, which I think of as like Jane Austen, with a touch of magic.

The Grand Tour is perhaps not as thoroughly delightful as Sorcery and Cecilia, but that is only because Cecilia and Kate are now happily married, so we can’t have the fun of the misunderstandings of courtship.  They and their husbands have taken off on a Grand Tour of the continent as their honeymoon.  Along the way, they encounter a mystery of missing antiquities important in ancient coronations.

The couples travel throughout Europe, uncovering a plot to revive the empire of Napoleon or worse.  I would have liked for Kate and Cecilia to show up their husbands, but on the whole the couples work together, using magic and cleverness to thwart the plot of the bad guys.

This is a fun story of a Europe that might have been, if the world were the same except with a little bit of magic.

Reviews of other books by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer:
The Grand Tour
The Mislaid Magician

Reviews of other books by Patricia C. Wrede:
Dealing with Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Calling on Dragons
Talking to Dragons
The Book of Enchantments
Thirteenth Child
Across the Great Barrier
The Seven Towers

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