From the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Witchmark comes a sweeping, romantic new fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency England, where women's magic is taken from them when they marry. A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family.
Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar to cut off her powers. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged mage, but her family are in severe debt, and only her marriage can save them.
Beatrice finds a grimoire with the key to becoming a mage, but a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice's first kiss . . . with the sorceress's brother: the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
Utterly charming. . . It's the perfect blend of fantasy and romance
A sparkling, incisive and razor-sharp fantasy of manners. A must read for anyone who loves stories where romance and fantasy meet
The Midnight Bargain is an absolute dream -- at once sparkling and romantic, delightfully magical, and deeply thought-provoking
Smart, sexy and sincere; it's an alter-Regency romance with fantastical magic and very real teeth
From page one, C. L. Polk displays an elegant mastery of form. The Midnight Bargain is by turns charming and wrenching