Check out this SQUEE review from Catherine Heloise at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books in June 2021!
Thesan loves the stars.
As the Astronomy professor at Schola, Albion’s leading magical school, she’s made a life full of teaching, observation, and research. She wants what is best for her students, all of them.
Thesan is looking forward to a year of learning, and the magic of the coming near total solar eclipse.
Isembard has lived in the shadows.
Younger son of a noble family, he’s always felt second-best. Last year, he agreed to act as bodyguard to two young men from noble families, as well as teaching at Schola. His second year should be easier.
Only, it doesn’t seem like that. One of his mentors has come back as a teacher, which is wonderful and infuriating, often in the same conversation. Another new teacher seems determined to drag the school back to the 1800s. A group of students are definitely up to something suspicious. And one of Isembard’s wards is stubbornly set on a course that is going to get him killed sooner than later.
That’s before you get to the rest of the school year, full of a musical revue, staff meetings, expectations, and the fact Isembard has invited Thesan to a series of extravagent parties over the winter holidays.
Eclipse is the third book of the Mysterious Powers series, exploring the institutions of Albion during and after the Great War. All of Celia Lake’s Albion books exploring the magical community of the British Isles can be read in any order. A staffroom romance between teachers, it is full of astronomy, progressive education, and coming to grips with your past. Enjoy this charming romantic fantasy with a swirl of sex set in 1924 and 1925 with a happily ever after ending!
A good teacher is always learning something new.
Every school year is different, and this one more than most. In 1924, Thesan and Isembard, teachers at Schola, think they know what to expect from the year. As well as teaching, student dramatics, and the rather unusual eclipse, they find themselves challenged by a new teacher with outdated ideas, students up to something mysterious, and the eternal challenge of getting their students to think for themselves.