The Mysterious Charm series is a loosely connected series. The books shares a world and time period, and there are overlapping characters, since many characters are directly connected in some way to Lord Geoffrey Carillon, Lord of Ytene. Some characters are the focus of a particular book, and are secondary characters in others.
To help you find more of your favourites, here’s a quick guide to characters with major roles in the books out so far. They are listed by order of appearance in the series. (The summaries refer to them at the earliest point in the series, to avoid spoilers.)
Feronia Wright is the daughter of a genteel but impoverished family from Cumbria. She takes up a post as a governess in the New Forest, in southern England, to get away from an arranged marriage before Outcrossing begins. She is a good friend of Pross Gates, and appears briefly in Magician’s Hoard.
Rufus Pride comes from a family who have lived in a small cottage in the New Forest for generations, taking care of their ponies and livestock and making a living by turning their hands to a dozen different skills. He needs a way out of the pit that his life has become in Outcrossing (which focuses on his story) and appears briefly in Goblin Fruit.
Prosperina Gates owns a bookshop in the New Forest town of True Eyeworth. She is a widow who lives with her daughter, Cammie, until Cammie goes away to a tutoring school. At the begining of Outcrossing, her bookshope is struggling. She gets a story of her own in Magician’s Hoard which includes the expansion of her services to include research and investigation. She is good friends with Ferry Wright.
Lord Geoffrey Carillon expected to live out his life as the second son of an ancient aristocratic line, free to explore his own pleasures and interests. Instead, he inherited the lordship of Ytene, a large magical holding in the New Forest, in 1924 after the sudden death of his brother and his brother’s wife. He first appears in Outcrossing, is featured in Goblin Fruit, and is mentioned in Magician’s Hoard.
Katherine Davies, later Captain Kate Lefton is a member of the Guard, responsible for enforcing the laws of the magical community. She appears at the end of Outcrossing and Goblin Fruit, but the story of how she became the competent, confident woman she is there is told in Wards of the Roses (which takes place before either of those books.)
Elspeth Penhallow is the daughter of Hendrek Penhallow, who disappeared with his brother on an expedition down the Amazon in search of new magical plants and beasts (taking a lot of investment from the magical community with him.) At the beginning of Goblin Fruit, she is desperate to find a position that will help her take care of her sister Laura and regain some stability in their lives.
Lorelei Penhallow appears in Goblin Fruit, but comes into her own in In The Cards, shortly after her sister Lizzie’s marriage. Trying to figure out options for her life now – she has a range of possibilities – Laura accepts an invitation to visit Galen Amberly and his family. A murder during the house party means she has to work with Galen and his best friend Martin to make sure justice is done.
Thutmose (Ibis) Ward is an Anglo-Egyptian researcher and Egyptologist living in England to be available to his youngest sister while she completes her education. When Pross asks for his help with a research question at the beginning of Magician’s Hoard, he is intrigued.
Giles Lefton was blinded by a magical gas attack in the Great War. A talented mathematician, he missed the more interesting assignments he used to get involving cryptography and puzzle-solving. When he chooses Kate as his assistant in solving the mystery of a historical manor reappearing after hundreds of years, neither of them expected what would happen next. (Giles is mentioned briefly in Outcrossing and Goblin Fruit.)
Galen Amberly is the younger son of a well off family. Too young to have served in the Great War, where his older brother was badly injured, his family have been protective. Now his mother wants to see him properly married to someone suitable, and has invited Laura Penhallow to stay for the events of In The Cards. Fortunately, Galen has his best friend Martin to help him out.
Martin Taylor has been Galen’s best friend since both of them were tapped for one of Schola’s secret societies when they were 15. A journalist devoted to progressive causes, he comes from a distinctly lower class than the Amberlys, and Madam Amberly won’t forget that. His loyalty to Galen and commitment to justice drive him forward – and maybe he’ll get a big professional break soon. In The Cards throws him in the midst of an unusual situation, and he’ll need all his wits to come out of it smoothly.
Mistress Castalia Jones has built her dressmaking business into a flourishing success. When she ovehears gossip about one of her best – and most interesting – clients, she is forced to work with Lord Carillon’s valet Benton to foil the plot in On The Bias. (Cassie also appears briefly in Goblin Fruit.)
Thomas Benton chose a life of service for many reasons. His loyalty has rewarded him well, with a position as valet to Lord Geoffrey Carillon. His lordship’s travels have ranged over the world, but now his lordship is marrying, there are all sorts of new challenges to face, particularly in On The Bias. (Benton also appears in Goblin Fruit.)
Vivian Porter is immensely private about her personal history, outside of her family commitments, and for good reason. However, when her assistant asks a favour, she finds herself visiting a boarding house outside of Oxford, and plumbing its mysteries in Seven Sisters. (Vivian also appears in Goblin Fruit).
Cadmus Michaels has retired from an ill-fated career in the Colonial Service to keep the family home, Thebes, running and help his beloved orphan nephew establish himself as an adult. This is harder than it looks. When mysterious events start happening, Cadmus is at a loss for what to do in Seven Sisters. (Farran Michaels, his nephew, appears in Goblin Fruit and Magician’s Hoard, as well as in Seven Sisters.)
Lady Alysoun Edgarton has a delightful home, imaginative and delightful children, and a husband who is deeply committed to his work. Explore the story of how their arranged marriage became a love match in Pastiche (set in 1906, a few years after their wedding) and see more of Alysoun and Richard together in Wards of the Roses and On The Bias, both set in the 1920s.
Lord Richard Edgarton is a man deeply committed to chivalry, honour, and goodness. That doesn’t mean he knows how to express what he feels, even to his wife. Find out more about what he learns about love and marriage in Pastiche (a few years after his arranged marriage to Alysoun, set in 1906) and see them as the wonderful team they are in Wards of the Roses and On The Bias.