A Review On The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Beatrice’s empowering need to do something for independence and for the women of magic shines through C.L. Polk’s novel, The Midnight Bargain.

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress trying to discover how she can become a full-fledged Magus by practicing in secret. When she discovers a grimoire at a bookstore one day, she bumps into Ysbeta Lavan who is also after the same grimoire, alongside her brother Ianthe Lavan. Ysbeta takes the grimoire leaving Beatrice to strike up a deal with a spirit as long as she kisses the handsome, kind, and amazingly wealthy, Ianthe. Would she decide to risk becoming a powerful Magus for a kiss to seal the deal?

Book: The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
(Thank you NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review)
Links: Goodreads | Ebook | Paperback | Hardback | Audio
Read: July 20, 2020 to July 20, 2020


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?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Beatrice’s empowering need to do something for independence and for the women of magic shines through C.L. Polk’s novel, The Midnight Bargain.

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress trying to discover how she can become a full-fledged Magus by practicing in secret. When she discovers a grimoire at a bookstore one day, she bumps into Ysbeta Lavan who is also after the same grimoire, alongside her brother Ianthe Lavan. Ysbeta takes the grimoire leaving Beatrice to strike up a deal with a spirit as long as she kisses the handsome, kind, and amazingly wealthy, Ianthe. Would she decide to risk becoming a powerful Magus for a kiss to seal the deal?

I gave The Midnight Bargain five stars, absolutely loving the magic and lessons behind the story. Beatrice was a really strong character to read and through her point of view we read the difficulties it was to be a women who wanted to become independent and become something in the world. Beatrice showed that women don’t need men to fuel their ambition.

The message behind Beatrice’s actions when having to strike up the deal and work with both Ysbeta and Ianthe were something that was very meaningful throughout the story and I really enjoyed the way they became friends and held each other closely throughout this book.

I loved the way Beatrice and Ianthe had an immediate connection with each other and that both of them worked hard to show each other that they were important in each other’s lives but also showing each other that they can equally have each other out of their lives. They romance in this book in this book developed strong and they were both understanding toward each other. For me, Ianthe didn’t take Beatrice’s magic and determination for granted, he stood by her side and believed in her and how she was a strong sorceress.

This was an absolutely fantastic read and I loved the character growth of Beatrice as she developed and improved her magic more. She fought for herself and was dedicating her time to solve the grimoire and become a powerful Magus to solve her toughest questions.

This was a fantastic read that I really enjoyed unexpectedly. I grew to really enjoy the plot and the magic that was pretty well developed throughout the story made me interested in continuing to read this.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I hope you guys have a great day, please like and comment down below if you enjoyed this book as well or if you plan on reading it!

Loves,

Veronica Chen

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