Title: Freedom & Necessity ***SIGNED BY BOTH ...
Publisher: TOR, NY
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine Plus
Signed: Signed By Both Authors on the Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.
First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, without inscription, by both authors on the FULL title page. Fine book with bruised spine base in Near Fine Plus dust jacket. All our books are bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box with Delivery Confirmation. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped, NOT a Book Club Edition, NOT an Ex-Lib. Dust jacket covered in protective clear wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 009817
Synopsis: After receiving a letter from the cousin whom he had thought to be dead, James Cobham sets out to find his cousin, a quest that leads him to every corner of nineteenth-century England, where he becomes involved with family intrigues, swordfights, magical conspiracies, the occult, secret societies, and more.
Review: The early 19th century was a heady time of repeated challenges to the assumption that the social order as it stood was supernaturally (divinely) ordained. A particularly sticky web of politics and romance traps Susan Voight and James Cobham in a dense, thrillingly suspenseful plot connecting a reforming democratic labor movement, Chartism, to a secret society, the Trotters Club, whose corrupt members intend to exploit a magical ritual for their personal, complicated purposes of vengeance and power. Layers of truths and falsehoods mislead and confound the protagonists in their dealings with each other and the conspiracies; they come to understand that only honesty can save them. Although the perversion of the natural power of sorcery fails because it is unnatural, the social order, unnatural or not, is more resistant to justice. The swift pace, surprising developments, and appealing characters make it nearly impossible to put this book down. Though the women's rights movement is glancingly acknowledged, the conventionally romantic fulfillment is a little disappointing. Is there no other end for intelligent, financially independent women than maternity and love-partnership (as binding, or more, as legal marriage) with a man?
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