I do like it when it's done like that. Not that I dislike various manifestations that might be termed 'magic' of sorts (the first novel I wrote was historical fantasy, and there's more in that genre I want to write), but in this sort of setting, where the novel seems to be leaning more towards realism, it's nice to be given that choice as a reader. I noticed that in the 'Historical Novels Review' it was suggested that there was quite a bit of 'fantasy' in Moon in Leo - would you say it's more prominent in this novel as compared to the trilogy?the characters may believe in it, and it shapes their actions and decisions, but the reader can decide whether to share the belief.
Gah, talking about these books...I want to read all three now, and I still have eight set texts to get through. However, I do now have an extra reason to read Moon in Leo as soon as I can, as a holiday in Cumbria has been mooted for next year - it would be nice to get an idea of the story in the landscape before we go.