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Stolen Magic

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Author: Stephanie Burgis

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Overview

In this conclusion to the Regency-era fantasy trilogy Kirkus Reviews calls “enjoyable mayhem,” Kat is tasked with saving her family, the Order of the Guardians, and England itself.
With just days to go before her sister Angeline’s long-delayed wedding to Frederick Carlyle, the impetuous Kat Stephenson has resigned herself to good behavior. But Kat’s initiation into the magical Order of the Guardians is fast approaching, and trouble seems to follow her everywhere.

First, Kat must contend with the wretched Mrs. Carlyle’s attempts to humiliate her sister; the arrival of the mysterious Marquise de Valmont, who bears suspicious resemblance to Kat’s late mother; and Frederick’s bewitching cousin Jane, who has Charles Stephenson tripping over his feet. But when a menacing boy with powerful magic starts hunting Kat, a dastardly villain tries to kill Angeline, and the Guardians face a magical robbery that could spell the end of their Order, propriety becomes the least of Kat’s concerns.

Can Kat save her sister’s life, the Order of the Guardians, and England itself before it’s too late?

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I’ve been waiting a positive age for this last book to come out. On one hand I am happy, but on the other hand I’m a little bit sad. I was hoping that this would be a long running series. It certainly has that potential. Then I saw that the author said this was the last book for now. I believe it was a business decision on the part of the publisher. I won’t post what I think of the publisher’s intelligence. Needless to say, it isn’t overly charitable.

The book was fast paced. There a few twists and turns in the plot. There was some interesting character development i.e. Charles. Boy did he clean up his act! Who knew he had the potential to be a protective older brother! I really enjoyed the fact that Elissa came to terms with her witch blood. And then Lady F- Kat’s “godmother,” will that woman never get her comeuppance? Though I suppose that Kat finally being initiated into the Order is quite a punishment. I am glad that Kat finally has a mother figure in her life that can keep up with her and then some. I always found her to be in particular need of motherly love.

I really did enjoy the book. I couldn’t put it down. I’m just really sad that this series is really starting to get going, but is now shut down due to a “business” decision. I just hope one day the author can come back and give us more Kat.

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Renegade Magic

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Author: Stephanie Burgis

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Is Kat’s untrained magic strong enough to prove she has what it takes to be a true Guardian? Find out in this second book of Stephanie Burgis’s Regency-era fantasy trilogy.

Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson.

With her eldest sister finally married, it seems things are settling down for Kat. But when a scandalous accusation threatens her second sister Angeline’s prospects, Stepmama swiftly whisks the family away to Bath in an attempt to outrun the gossip and engage Angeline to a respectable suitor. Meanwhile, Kat’s utter lack of ladylike propriety has prompted the powerful Lord Ravenscroft to expel her from the Order of Guardians before her training has even begun!

Anger and exile aside, Kat knows something is not quite right about Lord Ravenscroft. And when her foolish brother Charles unwittingly invokes the furious force of Sulis Minerva at the King’s and Queen’s Baths, endangering vulnerable cousin Lucy and himself in the process, it’s up to Kat to rescue her family, find Angeline a proper husband, and prove she has the true dignity of a Guardian.