Monday, May 31
Title: Uncertain Magic*
Author: Laura Kinsale
Genre: Historical Romance w/ some paranormal elements
Publisher: Casablanca Sourcebooks
Format: Trade size paperback
Date/Year: May 2010 (previously published in 1987)
*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review
Summary from the publisher:
Faelan, The Devil Earl, is a brooding and haunted hero who believes the worst of himself and decides to throw caution to the wind at an early age and earn the title he has been given. His past and his memories surrounding the death of his father have led him and the Ton to believe that he murdered his father. His guilt drives him to lead a life of reckless abandon, until he finds Roddy. She becomes his desperate chance to save his soul as well as his Irish estate.
Their journey to love takes them from the English countryside, to the hustle and bustle of London, and finally to the wilds of the Irish estate that had been abandoned and neglected where they find themselves embroiled an Irish revolt against English rule, as well as Faery magic. Roddy and Fealan’s story is rich in emotion, love and experiences that I loved from beginning to the end.
I loved UNCERTAIN MAGIC! It’s not a new release, rather a re-release of the same title previously published in 1987. I found it interesting that it felt like a book that was written decades ago, not because it seems dated, but because the plot is much more expansive than romance novels that are currently being published. It’s approximately 455 pages, whereas most romances today are usually no more than 350 pages (if that), and I think that allowed the author much more freedom to explore the hero and heroines love story in much more depth with many twists and turns that kept me guessing right up until the end. I would have given it a perfect 5.0 stars, but I thought the ending was a little weak after the magic of the rest of the story. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance....with just a touch of magic.
"He was not the Devil Earl—he was only a man, and he needed her. Wanted her. Let her look at him and see into his soul laid bare and still loved her, with a fierceness that made her want to laugh and cry at once. The way he saw her….she never would have guessed: her strangeness he thought beautiful; her obstinance he called courage; her childish whims were joy and laughter to him, who had never known innocent laughter before." p. 477-478 Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale
Overall: 4.50 stars
Sensuality level: 3.0 (while the love scenes are not lengthy or as detailed as romances currently published, our hero is a very passionate man)