The Midnight Queen : Noctis Magicae

  • by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • Series: Noctis Magicae
  • 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented - and highest born - sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover.…
Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace - and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.
Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father’s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.
Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.…


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An interesting alternate history in which magic is prime rather than science and technology. The story begins in what seems to be 19th century Oxford, where post-graduate student Gray Marshall becomes involved, through no fault of his own in machinations, treachery, high treason and a lost princess.
The characters are well-rounded and interesting and the alternative history plausible.
The narration is overall good, each character well-defined, though with some very strange pronounciations - Samhain pronounced as it is spelt, Sam-Hain rather than the more usual Sa-WAIN, but I decided to accept it as the way it is pronounced in this world.
The story is complete in itself, but I do hope there will be more by this author.
A very good find.
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- Ariana


Tried twice. Struggled to last a couple of hours. Sleep was more useful
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- G. Whitlock

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios