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.
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