The Midnight Bargain

Written by:
C.L. Polk
Narrated by:
Moira Quirk

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2020
11 hours 49 minutes
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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Wendoline M.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed listening to this for the most part, but I will not claim that this is a "great" book. I think the plot is a little too unimaginative and slow at times, and the characters a bit too shallow, but, overall, it was entertaining. I give it three stars for "worthwhile, but not great".

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Sarah K.

Excellent and thrilling adventure with magic with outstanding female protagonists, excellent narration as well, worth the read or listen to!

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Fantastic book, I agree with other reviews in that the female protagonists were really good. The narration was imaginative and engaging. I would highly recommend.

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Danielle P.

Loved this book! I could hardly put it down. And the narration was absolutely fantastic.

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Tami W.

Wonderful captivating story! Several times I stopped what I was doing, on the edge of my seat listening to what was happening next! Nadi was a riot! I loved that the girls didn’t give up. Great story!!!

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Egle Z.

An enjoyable light story that addresses some important problems (a little). It ended up rather abruptly and there was not much drama involved, but sometimes the easy going way of narrating is also fun to experience.

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Alright just not my cup of tea

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Kelly D.

Love this book and the narrator, I don’t normally listen to these types of books, though I really enjoyed this book.

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Katherine F.

loved it!!!

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Such a great book, the storyline and characters have captured my attention from the very beginning and the narrator was a pleasure to listen to. Really hope the author turns it into a series

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Gayle D.

I really enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the narrator.

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I enjoyed the story charaters and premise, and great narration as well. My only complaint was that it felt a bit repetitive at times.

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Really good story, the narrator even better. I hope she will do more narration as she's really good.

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Marc K.

One of the best audiobooks we have heard!

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