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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Liss Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is on the cusp of accepting a life of misery, events take a stunning turn when a handsome stranger - the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron - arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy. Suddenly her unfortunate circumstances are transformed in ways at once astonishing and seemingly impossible.

With the world undergoing an industrial transformation, and with England on the cusp of revolution, Lucy is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy in which her life, and her country's future, are in the balance. Inexplicably finding herself at the center of cataclysmic events, Lucy is awakened to a world once unknown to her: where magic and mortals collide, and the forces of ancient nature and modern progress are at war for the soul of England... and the world. The key to victory may be connected to a cryptic volume whose powers of enchantment are unbounded.

Now, challenged by ruthless enemies with ancient powers at their command, Lucy must harness newfound mystical skills to prevent catastrophe and preserve humanity's future. And enthralled by two exceptional men with designs on her heart, she must master her own desires to claim the destiny she deserves. The Twelfth Enchantment is the most captivating work to date of a master literary conjurer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell | 2/19/2014

    " Generally fantasy is a bit--well, fantastic--for me, but since David Liss wrote it I tried it. It's basically historical, but with magic, so it keeps enough connection to reality as we know it so it feels believeable. I find the Regency period interesting, so I liked learning more about the social and political background of the time. I read this on a trip to Mexico, which made quite plain how the failure to develop technology affects living standards (factories, score one), but the accompanying environmental degredation has to be managed (Luddites, score one). Now off to read about the Rosicrucians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/18/2014

    " Really liked that the book kept me guessing about the characters the entire time :) I never knew what new secret was going to come out or who was going to be switching sides. Good story, good characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Appell | 2/16/2014

    " The Twelfth Enchantment is a delightful page-turner. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in alchemy, cunning folk, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and fantasy literature that's damn entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B Scott | 1/27/2014

    " Quite different from Liss' usual, but a good read. He mixes mysticism in with the history of the Luddites ... and the history comes out poorer for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adriane Robinson | 1/20/2014

    " I love books that mix genres well, but this wasn't one of them. It felt like the author was trying too hard to be too many different things - romance, mystery, fantasy, political statement, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly J. | 1/20/2014

    " A charming book,well written. A nice reminder that is magic is all around, the dark forces are always there and can be overcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/21/2013

    " I love this kind of book, but I couldn't really get into it. Seemed like of lame for this genre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aurora | 12/6/2013

    " Just finished Discovery of Witches, and was excited to read this one next as it carries a recommendation on the cover from the author of the former. But...it was disappointing. Shelved it after about four or five chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flosi | 11/21/2013

    " The "magic" was written well, but I think the author should have spent more time with the male hero of the story, especially since he doesn't have the female background needed to think like a girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 11/20/2013

    " This book is truly a taken on Jane Austen with magic rolled in. I felt bad for the heroine for about half of the book, and then just when I wanted to smack her for being a pushover, she got some guts. Well timed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/3/2013

    " So far, I am loving this story! A ripping good yarn. David Liss does not disappoint. This was so much fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 6/1/2013

    " Twisty, interesting, a bit derivative. Fun light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Jones | 3/7/2013

    " A good one for the car, long yet kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen O'Malley | 2/5/2013

    " I loved this. I read it in one weekend, and though there's a bit more magic in this book than I usually like, (read: any at all) it was so thoroughly enjoyable that I was able to leave my disbelief suspended for the duration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/13/2012

    " I think of this as an historical female Harry Dresden novel. While Jim Butcher places Harry in Chicago today, Liss places Lucy in Regency England. Great summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NuevoRain | 11/3/2011

    " Good characters, great magical fight that had more to do with magic and less to do with battles. Hurrah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/30/2011

    " I loved this book. It grabbed me from the very first page and I just could not put it down... read it all in one day.... and I NEVER do that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 10/26/2011

    " I'm torn between giving this three or four stars. It was an enjoyable book, and it reminded me of The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, which I really enjoyed, but the story fell flat towards the middle. Overall, it was entertaining and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 10/3/2011

    " A major departure yet David Liss stays true to what makes him a great writer. The historical setting was outstanding as always yet he took me in a direction I did not expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/25/2011

    " Enjoyed it a lot. Witchcraft is fascinating! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 9/20/2011

    " I have read several of this authors books including coffee trader and others. He is a great author and I really enjoy his books but I could not get into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 9/19/2011

    " Jane Austen meets Harry Potter. Better writing than most of the Austen knock-offs, and a plot that held my interest. I'm not much of a romance reader, but this one was satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 6/7/2011

    " really quite enjoying this book. It's like a pop Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. "

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About the Author
Author David Liss

David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil’s Company. He has several bestselling novels, including, A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss’ novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is a critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.