A HistoricalFantasy series by Creator/CarolineStevermer, set in the early years of a twentieth century not quite like our own. In particular, magic is a rare but accepted part of life, and those with the talent are educated in schools such as Glasscastle University (for men) in England and Greenlaw College (for women) in France.

''A College of Magics'' (1994) follows Faris Nallaneen's education at Greenlaw and her subsequent return to her {{Ruritania}}n homeland to take her expected place in society (if her sinister uncle doesn't kill her first) and an unexpected responsibility left her by her grandmother. She is accompanied and assisted by Jane Brailsford, schoolmate and friend, and Tyrian, a bodyguard hired by her uncle whose loyalties are not initially clear.

''A Scholar of Magics'' (2004) is a direct sequel, set in and around Glasscastle. Jane Brailsford travels to Glasscastle, ostensibly to visit her brother and also to deliver a message from Faris to the scholar Nicholas Fell, Faris's colleague in her new duty. Intrigue surrounds a secret government project being conducted at the university, and Glasscastle itself is threatened.

The two novels have been published together under the collective title of ''Scholarly Magics''.

There is also a distant prequel, ''When the King Comes Home'' (2000), set in Aravill during the Renaissance.

!!This series provides examples of:

* AllohistoricalAllusion: At the end of ''A Scholar of Magics'', one of the characters departs for a tour of America on the ''Titanic'', a famous ocean liner that has recently broken its own Atlantic crossing speed record.
* AlmostKiss: Jane and Lambert in ''A Scholar of Magics''.
* AristocratsAreEvil:
** In ''A College of Magics'', the Duchess of Galazon falls under the "Dukes are relatively nice" exception; the King of Aravill and his family, on the other hand, are quite nasty.
** In ''A Scholar of Magics'', [[spoiler:the Earl of Bridgewater is the seemingly helpful authority figure who turns out to have been behind the whole thing]].
* BalefulPolymorph:
** In ''A College of Magics'', people who cross [[spoiler:Menary Paganell]] have a tendency to wind up as animals.
** In ''A Scholar of Magics'', [[spoiler:turning people into animals is the function of the secret weapon being developed by the Agincourt Project]].
* BeardOfEvil: Faris's wicked uncle in ''A College of Magics'' has a neatly-pointed black beard. Jane speculates that he's covering for a deficiency of chin.
* BoardingSchool: The first half of ''A College of Magics'' hits many of the tropes for the Continental-girls'-school subgenre.
* BodyguardCrush: Tyrian and Faris in ''A College of Magics''.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: Witches and wizards become ill on when travelling on water, oceans included.
* ConditionalPowers: The power a wizard gains in his or her RiteOfPassage will be immediately lost if he or she ever tells anybody what happened during it.
* EvilBlonde: Menary Paganell in ''A College of Magics''.
* EvilUncle: Faris's Uncle Brinker in ''A College of Magics''.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Menary in ''A College of Magics'' has elements of this, but her affinity is mostly with dangerous predators, and she's an all-round nasty piece of work.
* HedgeMaze: The King of Aravill's country residence has one that was designed and constructed by a wizard, and can become a trap where a person who goes in can't find their way out until the maze's owner lets them.
* TheHighwayman: In ''A College of Magics'', Faris and her friends are bailed up by bandits in the coach home. They turn out to be the noble and friendly sort, raising money to help the farmers ground down by Faris's wicked uncle, but the point is well made that the other sort are also active in the area.
* HistoricalFantasy
* IllegalGuardian: In ''A College of Magics'', Faris's Uncle Brinker is her guardian and regent until she comes of age, and fully intends to have settled things to his own advantage before she does. [[spoiler:It's not him trying to kill her, though; she's much more useful to him alive.]]
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Glasscastle is Glastonbury.
* TheLostWoods: The hero gets lost in them in ''A Scholar of Magics''.
* OrientExpress: Travelled on by Faris and her friends on her way home in ''A College of Magics''. There is of course a murder attempt.
* RiteOfPassage: Each student at Glasscastle and Greenlaw, if they last that long, will stand a private vigil near the end of their education in which they see a vision of something relevant to their powers and/or future, and gain extra magical ability.
* {{Ruritania}}: There's a bunch of them mentioned, with most time being given to Galazon and Aravill, neighbouring countries that were once duchies in a long-ago kingdom that fell apart. (Galazon still styles itself as a duchy; Aravill styles itself a kingdom, and is regarded in Galazon as getting above itself.)
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Faris is given one on her arrival at Greenlaw in ''A College of Magics''; after she finds out, she asks if everybody does, but isn't given a straight answer.
* ShoutOut: Graustark and ''the'' Ruritania are mentioned in the same breath as Galazon and Aravill in ''A College of Magics''.
* SideBet: At one point in ''A College of Magics'', after the latest of several assassination attempts, two of Faris's friends make a side bet on how much longer Tyrian is going to be able to stay on his feet before he ''has'' to get some sleep. Tyrian makes a point of staying up just long enough that they both lose.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: How [[spoiler:Tyrian reveals his survival to Faris]] at the end of ''A College of Magics''.
* SwissBankAccount: One of the minor antagonists in ''A College of Magics'' turns out to have embezzled a lot of money and stashed it in a bank account in Zurich.
* ThatWasNotADream: Faris at the end of ''A College of Magics''.
* TransformationRay: [[spoiler:The Agincourt Device]] in ''A Scholar of Magics''.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:The Earl of Bridgewater]] in ''A Scholar of Magics''.
* VirginPower: In ''A Scholar of Magics'', [[spoiler:the Agincourt Device, which can turn people into animals, doesn't work on virgins -- one of whom, the viewpoint character and undoubted hero, is a very adult man]].
* WizardingSchool: Greenlaw, which has the limbs and outer flourishes of a ladies' finishing school, and Glasscastle, which is a traditional English university.
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