Cover The Midnight BargainTitle: The Midnight Bargain

Author: C.L. Polk

Release date: October 13th, 2020 

Series: Standalone

Pages: 384

 Rating: 4 STARS


From the beloved 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 that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling. 

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan. 

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?


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The Midnight Bargain is the story of two young girls Beatrice and Ysbeta who fight for their right to practice magic and to become Mage. In this world of Regency England, the young girls had to be married and married women doesn’t have the right to practice magic and they had to be collared to protect their unborn children.

Beatrice and Ysbeta want to avoid marriage and for that, they have to learn more about magic. They want to use their freedom to help other women like them to have the right to choose if they are collared and to find ways for women to become mothers without sacrificing their magic.

Every time I see you, I am awed by you, delighted by you, comforted and moved by you. I am a greedy man, and I want every moment there is to have you.

Beatrice meets the beautiful Ianthe and she fell in love with him. But at the same time, she isn’t ready to give up her dream to become Mage. Ianthe like Beatrice practice magic and he understands her need to practice magic. 

For Beatrice wasn’t easy to decide between magic and the love for Ianthe and her family. I like Beatrice because she fought for her right to practice magic and to have control over her own body. Read The Midnight Bargain is you want to see women who fight for their rights.

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About C. L. Polk

C. L. Polk wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn’t learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta and is here to stay. She has a fondness for knitting, bicycles, and single estate coffee. C. L. has had short stories published in Baen’s UNIVERSE and Gothic.net, and contributed to the web serial Shadow Unit. 

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