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Galen Beckett

(1966- )
Galen Beckett is the pseudonym for writer Mark Anthony for his MAGICIANS AND MRS QUENT series. Anthony started his series to answer the hypothetical question, “What if there were a magical reason underlying the social constraints faced by a Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte heroine?” Anthony lives in Colorado and has also published the LAST RUNE series. He also writes for the series DRAGONLANCE, RAVENLOFT, AND FORGOTTEN REALMS. Here is Anthony’s website for Galen Beckett.

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent — (2008-2012) Publisher: In this enchanting debut novel, Galen Beckett weaves a dazzling spell of adventure and suspense, evoking a world of high magick and genteel society — a world where one young woman discovers that her modest life is far more extraordinary than she ever imagined. Of the three Lockwell sisters — romantic Lily, prophetic Rose, and studious Ivy — all agree that it’s the eldest, the book-loving Ivy, who has held the family together ever since their father’s retreat into his silent vigil in the library upstairs. Everyone blames Mr. Lockwell’s malady on his magickal studies, but Ivy alone still believes — both in magic and in its power to bring her father back. But there are others in the world who believe in magick as well. Over the years, Ivy has glimpsed them — the strangers in black topcoats and hats who appear at the door, strangers of whom their mother will never speak. Ivy once thought them secret benefactors, but now she’s not so certain. After tragedy strikes, Ivy takes a job with the reclusive Mr. Quent in a desperate effort to preserve her family. It’s only then that she discovers the fate she shares with a jaded young nobleman named Dashton Rafferdy, his ambitious friend Eldyn Garritt, and a secret society of highwaymen, revolutionaries, illusionists, and spies who populate the island nation of Altania. For there is far more to Altania than meets the eye and more to magick than mere fashion. And in the act of saving her father, Ivy will determine whether the world faces a new dawn — or an everlasting night…

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From the back flap:  "What if there were a fantastical cause underlying the social constraints and limited choices confronting a heroine in a novel by Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë? Galen Beckett, ... began The Magicians and Mrs. Quent to answer that question... "

I was excited to receive a copy of The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, Galen Beckett's “debut” novel. There's something exciting about a new author — they're fresh, and when you hold one of their books in your hands (especially a beautiful one like The Magicians and Mrs. Quent), you hope that maybe you're about to discover a brand new talent.

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