by Susanna Clarke
This is an awesome book. Just awesome. Imagine if traditional fantasy magic reappeared in Napoleonic Britan and Jane Austen (or any of the great, witty 19th century novelists) wrote about it.
Notes, having finished the book:
Holy schlamoly, this is an amazing book. Not in the lease predictable, a delight from start to finish. Superlatives are insufficient. It’s definitely a book for people who like both fantasy AND 19th century literature, so that’s kind of a limited audience, but it’s still really great.
I found the way the magic worked in the story to be fascinating, and the historical aspects of it were a delight. I sincerely hope Clarke writes more in this vein.