Read for the 2011 YA Reading Challenge.
Set just after Napoleon’s reign has come to an end, this sequel to Sorcery and Cecelia takes up where the last book left off. Cousins Kate and Cecy are now married, and along with their husbands, Thomas and James, are off to Europe for a combined honeymoon.
In Europe, they manage to find themselves in the midst of a mystery – various objects connected with the old royal houses of Europe are disappearing, and sorcery is clearly involved. The friends therefore set off on a mad dash through Europe to discover what’s going on. In the mean time, Kate gets used to being Lady Schofield, with the attendant social obligations, and Cecy practices her sorcery.
The last book was framed as letters between the cousins. This one is a combination of Kate’s diary, and Cecy’s deposition after the events are over. Both work well to continue the grand sense of fun of the prior book.
This is definitely one of those young adult books that’s mostly considered young adult because it features young adults. If you like Regency era books, you’ll probably enjoy this one.