Page 130. " he made an incantation, he wore himself out "

In any given fantasy magical system, a person must have limits to his magical abilities, or the story has no conflict: the magic can overwhelm the other side. A theory of magic is that energy is taken from the magician/wizard to power the spell itself.  Depending on how strong or advanced the spell is compared to the caster, the spell can drain the magician’s energy and make him or her extremely weak.

Page 134. " it is full of rosemary now "

Rosemary sprig
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region. In the book, it is a herb which causes discomfort to all spirits.




Page 140. " had been crossing Wenceslas Square "
Wenceslas Square
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 Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague, Czech Republic. Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic centre of Prague.

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Page 141. " Johann Faust...A sob broke "


Johann Faust
Public DomainJohann Faust - Credit: Anonymous German painter

Dr Johann Georg Faust (1480 – c. 1540) was an itinerant alchemist, astrologer and magician of the German Renaissance. His life became the nucleus of the popular tale of Doctor Faust, notably culminating in Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1604) and Goethe's Faust (1808).


Page 142. " and not to forget the Almanac "

Example of an Almanac
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In the story, Loew's Nominative Almanac is a book that lists all official names used by magicians between Prague's golden age and the present. It is used during a magician's official Naming Ceremony. Nathaniel will have to choose a name from the almanac, after checking that it is not presently in use

Page 144. " the first was a prominent Jacobean "

The Jacobean Era refers to the period of time in which James I ruled England and Scotland, from 1603-1625. The word Jacobean comes from the Hebrew name Jacob, from which the name James is derived. Following the illustrious reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this 22-year period is remarkable for its advances in literature and philosophy, and its dramatic changes to the nation as a result of imperialism. James presided over a volatile time in British history, and the country emerged from his reign a changed nation.

Page 148. " the bus arrived at Blackfriars Bridge "
Blackfriars Bridge
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 Blackfriars Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge over the River Thames. The north end is near the Inns of Court and Temple Church, along with Blackfriars station. The south end is near the Tate Modern art gallery and the Oxo Tower.

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