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A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry

A  sweeping, tour de force retelling of the Jacobins, the Reign of Terror, slave rebellion, the burgeoning rights of man, and did I mention the magicians? It is always fun to imagine what the world would be like if keystone events played out while navigating the addition of magic. In A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians , H. G. Parry does admirable work in re-imagining post-colonial war Britain against the rising tide of revolution across the channel. Enlisting notable figures from history, she imbues some with power while others remain plainly mortal (and oft time those pose the greatest threat). With prose that reminds me of my days spent reading Motions to Compel and drafting legal correspondence, A Declaration treats the reader to the same florid storytelling they enjoyed in The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep , all-the-while casting an animated humanity on figures whose roles in history have been cast in ink across the pages of middle school history books world over. It is no e