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Jessica Leake, Ta­los Press, Hard­cover $24.99 (308pp) 978-1-940456-42-3

Lucy Sin­clair is learn­ing more than dance steps for her de­but into Ed­war­dian so­ci­ety. She’s also gifted with ar­cana, a spe­cial magic that al­lows her to bring her draw­ings to life. It’s a fam­ily gift, passed from mother to daugh­ter, and care­fully guarded against the Or­der of the Eter­nal Sun, which serves the pow­ers of darkness. Lucy is trans­ported to the world of Syl­va­nia, where she prac­tices ar­cana “to the soothing sounds of the brush on can­vas, the sweet smell of the paint, and the beauty of the creamy white turn­ing blue.”

Al­though Jessica Leake’s prose is heady and dense, The Or­der of the Eter­nal Sun tends to­wards dreami­ness. There is lit­tle ro­mance for Lucy, as she strug­gles to mas­ter ar­cana while re­sist­ing the dark plot of an evil broth­er­hood. An abun­dance of story lines adds plot, but Leake keeps the ac­tion in the back­ground, fo­cus­ing on Lucy’s bur­geon­ing artistry.

This care­fully crafted novel buzzes with mag­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal de­tails.

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