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12 May 2010

Book Review: Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

Title: Uncertain Magic
Author: Laura Kinsale
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 978-1402237027
Genre: Historical Fiction

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From the Publisher

A man damned by suspicion and innuendo

Dreadful rumors swirl around the impoverished Irish lord known as “The Devil Earl.” But Faelan Savigar hides a dark secret, for even he doesn’t know what dreadful deeds he may be capable of…

A woman cursed by the gift of “sight”

Roderica Delamore fears no man will ever want a wife who can read his every thought and emotion, until she encounters Faelan. As the two find their way to each other against all odds, Roddy becomes determined to save Faelen from his terrifying and mysterious ailment. But will their love end up saving him…or destroying her? A breathtaking historical romance filled with poignancy, darkness, love, and an unexpected twist of Gaelic magic…

My Review:

Unlike more traditional historical fiction novels, Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale weaves in fey magic into a tale of love, political unrest, loss and delivers some riveting plot twists. Roderica Delamore is 19 years old and cursed or blessed depending on the circumstance with a gift only the Delamore women inherit, the gift of seeing. Roddy is worried she shall either wind up offing herself or spend her days locked away as her aunts chose for themselves, because of the Delamore curse. Her parents are loving and protective as are her brothers, and yet Roddy worries she will either go mad or die alone. Then she meets Faelan Savingar; known far and wide as The Devil Earl of Iveragh, the first person whose mind is not open to her and this remains a puzzle, yet she falls in love with him. After a few encounters they become engaged, much to the horror of most of polite society, considering Faelan's reputation, one he does not try to dissuade people from believing. Roddy realises her childhood friend Geoffry Cashal set them up and cannot figure out why she hears his thought of apology to her when the engagement is announced. Kinsale delivers an intriguing look into relationships, rumours, and the effects ailments and illness have on relationships. While I am not one who rejoices in reading about magic of any sort, Kinsale keeps the fey and magic mainly subdued while delivering an intriguing plot, a few unexpected twists, as well a fantastic cast of characters led by the very strong willed Roddy Delamore. Uncertain Magic makes for a delightful and entertaining afternoon of reading.

I received a complimentary copy of Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale from Sourcebooks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Janet Szabo said...

I've read everything Laura Kinsale has ever written. In fact, my husband teases me that I have them all memorized. She's one of my favorite authors.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I like the idea of paranormal and historical romance being combined. I am going to have to check this out!

Petula said...

I usually avoid historical fiction, but I love the way you've written this review.

carolsnotebook said...

This sounds like one I would enjoy. Good romance, some twists, and, for me, a touch of magic is always welcome.

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