Lady of Magick (#2)

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In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.

Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray—he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.


“Entertaining. . .Sophie and Joanna play central roles, which will delight fans of strong women. Hunter’s charming world, just a few steps off-center of our own, continues to offer many possibilities for future adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Another intriguing fantasy set in an alternate history version of Regency-era Europe.”

Library Journal

“The second installment in Hunter’s Noctis Magicae series will attract both familiar and new readers. The new kingdom of Alba is a stark contrast to Hunter’s version of Britain but every bit as creative and fascinating, allowing for a completely new and unexpected plot. The characters continue to grow and change, as individuals and as a couple, as they face both magical and personal challenges. A new twist in every chapter will keep readers desperately turning pages until the end.”

RT Book Reviews

“This was a great fantasy read. It was very quick and well I will have to track me down a copy of both books now. Fans of Robin McKinley will enjoy this one as well. I know I did [...] The author did a wonderful job continuing the story. With magic, romance, and mystery this is sure to make your toes curl.”

Night Owl Book Reviews

“Ms. Hunter has done it again! I enjoyed this second installment in the hauntingly beautiful and mysterious Noctis Magicae series […] I was lost in the world. I found it difficult to put down, as I eagerly wanted to know what was in store for Sophia and Grey. I feel as if there is still so much left for them as they continue on striving for a happily-ever-after […] If you enjoy historical mysteries within fantasy world, look no further and give the Noctis Magicae a try.”

That’s What I’m Talking About

“LADY OF MAGICK introduces a new kingdom in the Noctis Magicae world, and does a wonderful job of expanding the alternate UK that Sylvia Izzo Hunter established in the first book […] If you have even a passing interest in Regency era Scotland, I promise you’ll find Alba and its people absolutely riveting […] [LADY OF MAGICK is] well written and atmospheric, and expands on world building and characters alike. If you’re not reading this series and you like historical fantasy, I highly recommend it!”

Fine Print

“Fans of fantasy and romance need look no further than Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s Lady of Magick for an entertaining read full of royal intrigue, daringly disobedient young ladies, and regional politics [...] The author also does a credible job of weaving the intricate threads of world-building and characterization to produce a substantial, yet still thoroughly diverting tale of drawing rooms, state lines, family ties, and ancient power. 5 Stars – Stay up All Night”

Read Now, Sleep Later

“Strong world-building and impressive character development make Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter stand out [...] The quality of the writing is an easy 5/5.”

Fangirl Nation

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