Publication: 25th June 2020 – Orbit
A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom.
It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.
But amidst all of the upheaval of the enlightened world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilisation into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to chaos.
I loved The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, H. G. Parry’s debut novel, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it and I wasn’t disappointed. A Declaration of Rights of Magicians is a unique and very-well written novel where fantasy and historical fiction perfectly blend together.
Set in late 18th century, the story features a world where there is magic and it is strictly controlled. In France, we are in the middle of the French revolution and the beginning of the Reign of Terror of Maximilien Robespierre. In England, Prime Minister William Pitt tries to convince the House of Commons to abolish slave trade while looking with worry at the situation in France. In Haiti, slaves fight for their freedom.
The story features real-life historical characters that everyone who studied history in school is familiar with. Maximilien Robespierre, George Danton, William Pitt are names that have made history and I remember them from my school days. The author did an amazing job recreating them on the pages of her novel. They are so well-crafted and drawn that they came to life under the author’s pen. I wanted them to succeed, I wanted to slap them when they were made wrong choices, and I felt sorry for them.
A Declaration of The Rights of Magicians is an epic story of magic and politics full of political intrigue, idealism, people who want to change the world, humor, and darkness. I really enjoyed reading A Declaration of The Rights of Magicians, but I won’t lie, it is a big book, more than 500 pages, and there are moments when the narrative dulls and slows down. I am a fast reader and yet it took me longer than I expected to finish it, but despite this, I still loved the story and the characters and I heard there is a sequel planned for publication next year that I am not going to miss.
A huge thank you to Orbit and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.