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Near the start of this diverting romantic fantasy set in 1753, the third Guardians novel from bestseller Putney (after 2005's Stolen Magic), Nikolai Gregorio, a handsome pirate captain operating in the Mediterranean, kidnaps pretty red-haired Jean Macrae, a member of the Scottish branch of the Guardians (humans with magical powers derived from nature), in revenge for a wrong he thinks her father did him 20 years earlier. A decent sort who possesses limited magical powers, Nikolai is dedicated to fighting the evil of slavery by freeing galley slaves. He even sets up an island refuge for them. After Adia Adams, a freed slave, travels back in time from 1787 London, the pirate and the fiery Scotswoman find themselves on a dangerous magical mission to strengthen the fledgling abolitionist movement. The mix of magic, time travel, history, adventure, romance and social consciousness will delight series fans, but may strike some readers as an incongruous blend. (July)
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When Nikolai Grigori is a homeless urchin in Malta, the visiting Macrae of Dunrath recognizes his magical powers and offers to foster him. But on the voyage to England they are attacked by pirates, and Macrae does nothing to stop them from taking Nikolai as a slave. Years later Nikolai exacts revenge by kidnapping the late Macrae's daughter. Jean, a Guardian, saves the day, first when their ship is attacked by pirates, and later when she adds her magic to Nikolai's to survive a horrifying storm. Adia, a woman from the future who survived the Middle Passage and went to England at the end of the American Revolution, turns up on Nikolai's private island, Santola, with the message that Jean and Nikolai must travel to the future to ensure the success of the abolition movement. As they travel through time, they use both African and Guardian magic and discover the synergistic effect of intimacy on their paranormal powers. Not the page-turning escapist fare readers usually expect from Putney, this tale features admirable characters and a fascinating approach to slavery and the abolition movement. Tixier Herald, DianaSee all Editorial Reviews
I hate giving a bad review to a really good author but this book was such a let down. I was looking for a romance wrapped up with magic, something fun, what I got was scant... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mkg
This is the weakest of all of the Guardian books (and that's saying something given that the first one featured a woman whose magical power was being irresistible to men) -- it's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Janice Gelb
Do you believe in magic? Unicorns? Spells? Read the Guardians Series by this author. A different perspective of our world and people who may inhabit it even today! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mary Fischer
What a wonderful twist 'The Guardian Series' took! I loved the time travel and felt it more ed smoothly. Love the coming together of the races and the passion of the mission. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lucy Larue
This book even though it was fiction brought forth further illumination to one of the greatest sins of mankind, slavery.Published on September 23, 2013 by B Carter
If you like books with magic, this was okay. I usually like her other books. But it was done well.Published on June 17, 2013 by N. Flynn
Is a fictitious tale based on historical facts that took place when the British Parliament considered/argued for and against the abolishment of the African slave trade between the... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Darnell A. Morehand-Olufade
I anjoy any book with romance and magic/immortals and this Series has both! I am impressed with Putney's writing style and would recommend to anyone who enjoyes magic and romance.Published on January 14, 2013 by Arlene
This is a special story. Captain Nikolai is so handsome and a wonderful character. I love Putney's writing style and her stories. The Guardian series is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Elaine Witkowski