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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full (480 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

Rumors of ruined maidens, coldblooded duels, swindles, and murder swirl around the impoverished 'Devil Earl.' But Faelan Savigar hides an even darker secret. Roderica Delamore longs for a normal life but fears she'll end up mad or suicidal like the forebears from whom she inherited her "gift" of sensing others thoughts and emotions. As the two find their way to each other against all odds, Roddy's growing love for Faelen may end up saving him or destroying her…

A breathtaking historical romance filled with poignancy, darkness, love, and an unexpected twist of Gaelic magic…

All she wanted was to lead a normal life, a life where her gift didn’t interfere with everything around her. While being able to sense the thoughts and feelings of others can be a good thing, it can also be easily turned against her. So, when Roddy encounters the one person she cannot sense, she knows that he, bad reputation or not, is the only one who can save her from a life of always being alone. While Faelan is bound and determined to live up to every accusation surrounding him, he’s about to find out just how potent the love of a good woman can be, with the help of a little faery magic on the side.

Roddy is one of the most unique heroines I’ve ever run into. She’s what I would call a quiet rebel – she makes her stand in simple ways, and generally without a lot of fanfare, bringing her point home more subtly and often more effectively than a full out rebellion might. She’s full of vim and vigor and also knows when to keep quiet for everyone’s sake. Probably her most redeeming quality is her unshakable faith in her husband – despite everything that has been said about him in the past.

Faelan gives the term ‘odd duck’ a completely new meaning. He is humble and reserved one minute, obnoxious and arrogant the next. You’re never quite sure whether he’s going to break down and cry or yell and throw things. While this would normally make me roll my eyes and walk away from a book, with Faelan, these odd mood swings fit and add to the mystery he’s hiding.

Together, Roddy and Faelan are light and dark, good and evil, each completing the other. She works tirelessly to solve his mystery while he works only to run her off. They make an exciting couple, one you find yourself rooting for even when you think they’re better off apart. When you add in Roddy’s gift of being able to sense others thoughts – although Faelan’s remain a constant mystery – the excitement just amps up from there.

A completely magical story of love without restraints, Uncertain Magic is a whole new style of historical romance. Beautifully written with a story that will drag you in and refuse to let you go, it’s a definite must-read. If you’re looking for a touch of the magical in your life, then this is the book for you.