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The Importance of Being Emily

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    The Importance of Being Emily by Robyn Bachar is an intriguing glimpse into earlier times, when women were expected to be genteel and reserved.

    It is a time when women, even women of magic, are expected to fill certain roles. As a seer, Emily uses her magic for matchmaking, though she wants much more from life. It's ironic that she has matched her younger sisters with soul mates, while Emily, the eldest of the sisters, remains single.

    At the party celebrating the vernal equinox, everyone is shocked by the murder of one of the young ladies, Miss Amelia Morgan. As a seer, Emily has an insatiable curiosity, and offers her services to try and solve the crime. Although many in attendance believe they have already caught the perpetrator, Emily isn't convinced of his guilt.

    They believe she was the victim of a necromancer, or vampire, but none are at the party. There is, however, a chronicler and his apprentice, and these are known to be drinkers of blood. Complicating matters, Emily has a vision of her soul mate, and it is someone she can never have. He is Michael Black, a librarian and the apprentice to the chronicler accused of the crime.

    After some brief investigation, Emily and Michael come to the conclusion that Mr. Simon St. Jerome, Michael's mentor, has been accused, but is innocent of the terrible crime. They suspect that someone at the party has secretly turned to the darker side of magic, and become a master necromancer. Can Emily and Michael work together to clear St. Jerome's name? Can they ignore the growing attraction between them, knowing they can never be together? Or can they discover a way to the happy ever after they believe is lost to them?

    This is an interesting world, filled with magic and mystery, and Ms. Bachar has written a delightful romance, mixed with suspense and danger. The characters are all well defined, and multi faceted, and the book, though short, is a very satisfying experience.

    Emily is a strong willed, intelligent young woman. She is a little bored with her life, and wants to do more than just use her magic to make matches. With the murder, she blossoms, and is able to use her gift and visions to do much more. She has secretly loved Michael Black for some time, knowing that she can never have him, as he is destined to become a chronicler, and is shocked to discover that he is her one true soul mate. I liked Emily, for her independent spirit, her superb intelligence, and her fearless nature.

    Michael Black is a librarian, apprenticed to become a chronicler after his 'death'. He is strong, loyal and extremely handsome. But Michael has a secret, one he has kept to himself for a while: he loves Miss Emily Wright, and has for some time. But like Emily, he sees no way for them to be together. So when given the chance to work along side her to help clear his mentor's name, he is delighted to do so. I like Michael, although I do believe he could have found out more about his future responsibilities before believing all was lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011


    It rather read like it was a third or fourth in a series with an established character set up we should have known about or like it was a short story filling in background on an estblished series. I enjoyed it all the same. Hopefully there's more to come.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Fast-Paced and Entertaining ....

    ... but it could have been a bit longer. The magical society described by Bachar soudns fascinating, but, as the reader, I have no idea if magic is well-known in this universe or practiced by only a few; the entire story takes place over only a couple of days on one country estate. The characters are a lot of fun, especially Emily; but there was virtually no development of the villain's character; I never got a clear sense of his motivations. Still, this is an interesting world, and I hope that Bachar returns to it in future stories.

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