Review and Give-Away: The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

Posted 15 August, 2011 by Danny in / 13 Comments

The Twelfth Enchantment

by David Liss

Published: August 9, 2011

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble

(available as Kindle/Nook and Audiobook editions)

ARC provided by TLC Tours for a fair and honest review

Synopsis from Goodreads

Lucy Derrick is a young Regency woman of good breeding and poor finances: after the death of her father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as an unwanted boarder with her unpleasant uncle, fending off marriage to the local mill owner, Mr. Olson. But her prospects of even that unwanted match are complicated by the appearance of a beautiful stricken man who appears on the family doorstep begging her not to marry Mr. Olson just as he collapses. This appearance seems to open the door to a series of increasingly strange occurrences surrounding Lucy. Soon it becomes clear that there is more at stake than her own happiness — and that she is caught between two forces, one ancient and one modern — and that the soul of her very country is at stake.


As a fan of historical fiction, particularly of the Regency era, this book immediately caught my eye and I’m happy to say The Twelfth Enchantment was a delight to read.

We start off to find Lucy Derrick in a predicament worthy of Jane Austen: penniless and beholden to an unkind and distant relative, suffering the petty degradations of such a situation and being coerced into a bleakly loveless marriage. Unable to see any escape from her current suffering but to take on the equally unappealing status of wife of Mr. Olsen, local mill owner, Lucy is about to accept her fate of a life of unhappiness. All that changes, however, when none other than Lord Byron appears at her uncle’s door, begging her not to marry her betrothed.

To fully understand the import of such an event, you have to realize that Lord Byron was the rock star of his age. The young, beautiful, bad boy of the British aristocracy who brought countless well bred women to their knees swooning. Here’s a visual:

*yes, I know this is Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy but we’re talking the same factor of swoon worthiness*

*pets picture*


*Wait! Where was I? Oh yes….*

What comes next is a wonderful mystery, worthy of Charles Dickens, with twists and turns and people who turn out not to be exactly what they appear. And these characters are wonderful, full bodied, quirky people, each one of which was a delight to read, particularly the villains who were absolutely delicious!! Add to all of that a wonderful magical element and a quest to save the world and you’ve got a wonderful story that’s near impossible to put down.

Bottom Line

The perfect blend of history, mystery, fantasy and myth; The Twelfth Enchantment is a must read for anyone looking for a book with a strong story and an even stronger heroine!

I give it 4.5 out of 5 books

Final Notes

I hope you’ll add this book to your reading pile as I enjoyed it immensely. And if you’re inclined to learn more, you can check out the thoughts of the other bloggers who are hosting The Twelfth Enchantment on tour (check them out below). And please come back on Friday as I’ll be hosting Lucy Derrick for an interview! I can’t wait to have her here!!

Monday, August 1st: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Tuesday, August 2nd: Pensive Bookeaters
Wednesday, August 3rd: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, August 8th: Fiction State of Mind
Wednesday, August 10th: In the Hammock
Thursday, August 11th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, August 15th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, August 16th: Life in the Thumb
Wednesday, August 17th: All About {n}
Monday, August 22nd: Stiletto Storytime
Wednesday, August 24th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food
Thursday, August 25th: Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Thursday, August 25th: Historical Tapestry
Monday, August 29th: A Buckeye Girl Reads
Wednesday, August 31st: A Musing Reviews


I almost forgot!!! The wonderful folks at Random House are letting us give away a copy of this book to one winner (US/Canada)!

Just fill out the form and you’re entered!

Now go and get lost…in a book!

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13 Responses to “Review and Give-Away: The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss”

  1. Ammy Belle

    Sounds great! Thanks so much for the heads up and the give-away!
    I am on a regency kick as of late – this would be perfect! 🙂

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  2. Britta

    Thanks for the giveaway, this book sounds very interesting. I love historical fiction and I've found it increasingly difficult to find ones that I like. When I was reading MG books, there were so many fun, historical fiction books. With YA, I find it more difficult. Is this one YA? Or more of an adult crossover?
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