In the novel, set in an alternate-universe England in the 1800s, cousins Cecelia and Kate are caught in a whirlwind of society events and suitors—with a healthy dash of magic thrown on top. Kate is off to London for her debut. Cecelia is stuck in Essex with her aunty, forced to live vicariously through Kate’s gossip-filled letters. But when Kate is very nearly poisoned and Cecelia’s new houseguest is be-spelled to attract every man she meets, the girls’ letters become the puzzle pieces in a larger scheme.
Sorcery and Cecilia began as a letter writing game between the two authors. They each chose a character, then began to write back-and-forth in those characters’ unique voices. Soon a plot began to emerge—and took plenty of magical, mannered turns along the way!
This weekend, we’ll be hosting a Cecelia-inspired contest with an epistolary bent. Watch this space for your chance to win!