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Stolen Magic (Guardian Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

M.J. Putney
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With richly imagined characters and compelling stories, New York Times bestselling author M. J. Putney has won dazzling praise from reviewers and readers across the country. Her spellbinding new romantic fantasy will sweep you from Wales’s mysterious forests to the glittering menace of Georgian London–and into a shattering rendezvous with fate.

Heir to an ancient title, Simon Malmain, the Earl of Falconer, is well known among the Guardians, humans with magical powers derived from nature. Well known, but not always well loved . . . for those who enforce the law are rarely embraced by those whom they protect–and this is equally true whether the law is magical or mundane.

A routine mission to confront a rogue Guardian who has misused his powers turns disastrous when Simon’s quarry, Lord Drayton, captures his pursuer in a transformation spell that can only be released by Drayton–or death. Aid arrives in the form of Meg, a fey young woman who first traps Simon, then frees him.

As they flee together, Simon recognizes that Meg is also a victim of Drayton’s evil enchantments, and he restores her nature and innate magic. Though her memory is still clouded, she is freed at last from a shadowy world of fear and lost identity. She agrees to help Simon bring down Drayton.

The need for each other’s magic binds them together–and releases the more ancient magic of passion. But desire cannot be satisfied until the rogue mage is stopped. For Drayton has a diabolical plan that will profoundly alter the course of Britain’s future. Even the combined power of Simon and Meg may not be enough to stave off catastrophe. Only a desperate act of love may win back the future–or destroy all they hold dear.

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From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Putney's spellbinding second romantic fantasy (after 2004's A Kiss of Fate), Earl of Falconer, Simon Malmain, chief enforcer of the Guardian Council, which oversees the use of magic in 18th-century Britain, has been turned into a unicorn by Lord Drayton, a renegade mage whom Simon charges with encouraging the Jacobite uprising; only a virgin can transform Simon back into human form. Luckily for Simon, animal-loving "Mad Meggie," Drayton's "servant," succeeds in doing so, while Simon breaks the spell that's kept Meg in the dark sorcerer's thrall. Allied in a "pretend" marriage, the pair pool their unusual talents in an effort to ruin Lord Drayton's plan to prevent the Industrial Age from revolutionizing England. Putney's skill as a historical romance novelist serves her well in the depiction of London and the subplot featuring a gifted developer of the steam engine. The love that grows between Simon and Meg, though pretty standard fare, includes some wonderfully steamy moments. While the final battle between good and evil offers few surprises, it's still entertaining enough to raise anticipation for the next installment. (June)
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*Starred Review* Putney continues the tale begun in A Kiss of Fate (2004) about magically gifted Guardians in eighteenth-century Britain. Here the focus is on Lord Drayton, a Guardian who goes rogue, and Simon Malmain, the earl of Falconer, who must stop him. Lord Drayton transforms Simon into a unicorn, planning to murder him and increase his own power with the magic of the unicorn's horn. He uses Meg, his homely, simpleminded ward, as bait; but the virgin and the unicorn escape, and, lo and behold, when their blood mixes, Simon returns to his human form and Meg turns out to be neither homely nor simpleminded. Putney's fully imagined magical system, combined with Georgian detail, is a terrific setting for a tale of intrigue and danger. As Meg and Simon try to stop Drayton's ever-more diabolical plan, they must stay close together or Simon will turn back into a unicorn. Consequently, the sexual tension is high in this enchanting blend of fantasy and romance by M. J. Putney, an alter ego for romance star Mary Jo Putney. Diana Tixier Herald
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Product Details

  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345476891
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 31, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK5WQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Magic & Power! October 18, 2005
Simon Malmain is a Guardian who protects against rogue mages and errant magic. The Guardians have special magical powers that are from nature. He is sent by the Council to deal with a rogue Guardian, Lord Drayton. But something goes terribly wrong. Caught by surprise, Simon is trapped by a transformation spell. Only Drayton can release him. With no hopes of returning to his human form, all seems lost until he meets an interesting and mysterious woman.

Meg is a simple young woman in Drayton's care. After unwittingly causing Simon to be captured, she helps him escape before Drayton can kill him. With Meg's help, Simon is able to return to his human form. He realizes that Meg is a victim of Drayton's magical manipulations as well. As he begins to heal her, Simon sees she is a beautiful woman full of powerful and wild magic. No wonder Drayton was so strong. He was tapping into Meg's energy. Because he is still vulnerable to the transformation spell, Simon needs to have Meg close to his side. What better way than to pretend that they are married? Together, they must find a way to break the spell and find out Drayton's plans before it is too late.

Stolen Magic is a multi-layered paranormal romance. For the first time in years, Meg is truly herself. Without Drayton's influence, she is a vibrant young woman who is eager to experience life. She is attracted to Simon, but in many ways she is still a child. He is the first man who doesn't covet her for her abilities. As they get to know each other better, Meg begins to see the differences between a girlhood crush and love. When she gains confidence in herself and her magic, she truly will be Simon's equal.

Simon leads a solitary life as an enforcer for the Guardians.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magical! June 18, 2005
This is a wonderfully and imaginatively written novel. Putney does not disappoint in her sequel to A Kiss of Fate (also highly recommended). In this book, we have Guardians of magic, and we have Simon, enforcer of the Guardian Council, who becomes snared in a net of black magic which transforms him into a unicorn. And thus the tale begins. Simon's struggles to regain and maintain his human form, save the innocent, and defeat evil are aided by Meg, a magical woman who has been hidden in plain sight. They also manage to make England safe for the industrial revolution. Trust me: All of this weaves together wonderfully for a most satisfying read, with strong characterizations and plot.

Those who are looking for more a plain vanilla romantic tale may not enjoy Putney's foray into the realm of fantasy and magic; personally, I can't wait for the next installment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a new genre will come out of this book... June 19, 2005
I was extremely pleased by this book. I was thrilled to know that it was out on the shelves, so I went to Barnes & Noble. Incidentally, I almost never buy hardcover books; I prefer to wait until the book is published in paperback. Because of this, I was in Barnes & Noble nearly every day until I was finished with it.

You can't put the book down. It just doesn't work that way. In "A Kiss of Fate," we become acquainted with Lord Simon Falconer, the chief enforcer of the Guardian Council. In this story, we share Simon's despair as he is temporarily overthrown by a particularly stubborn and maddeningly clever rouge mage (Drayton). We also meet the lovely maiden with whom Simon becomes acquainted, and whom he also frees from a spell of enthrallment. Because of this action, they are bound together to defeat Drayton. As their relationship develops, Drayton's power increases. Because of this, we become more acquainted with the other Guardian Council members. Very interesting character developments.

This story is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat; I had to keep coming back to read it. The characters were well-developed, the general plotline was very clever and made you smile several times throughout, and it forever kept one guessing where the plot would twist and leave you clutching the arm rest. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it pleasantly reminiscient of her other romance books. However, instead of contrasting, the science fiction/fantasy element compliments her style very well.

I'd reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy, and to anyone who is looking for a good read. Keep in mind that it isn't necessarily a floaty, light read; in fact, it has a large dose of dark undertones, and a heart-felt wish that the antagonist suffers a long, painful death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish this Book March 18, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am familiar with M.J.P., and have enjoyed quite a few of her books. This one wasn't one of them. It was pedantic, and written in a lumbering style: I was always aware that I was READING; whereas I generally seek out authors good enough that I LIVE in the book. The sex was dull, the plot was unbelievable (I pretty much quit after the Council trial...PLEASE!) and I had no empathy or respect for the characters. All in all, a very disappointing M.J.P. book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some sexual tension that sizzles June 24, 2005
The author of A Kiss of Fate has done it again! Award-winning Mary Jo Putney has a second book in her new historical fantasy / romance series. Stolen Magic features the strong female characters and interesting plots that Putney is known for. It's a good read!

Guardian Simon Malmain sneaks into the castle of a Guardian Lord Drayton, who is being investigated for misusing his power. Simon expects his job to be easy: to announce that Drayton must appear before the Guardian council to answer charges. However, Simon is surprised by the incredibly strong and powerful magic Drayton has when Simon is transformed into a unicorn. He manages to escape, but is later captured by Drayton's men who use a virgin, one of Drayton's simple servants, Meg, to lure him into a trap. Simon is later freed by Meg, who loves horses and is dismayed that she has been used to trap this beautiful and powerful unicorn creature. They escape Drayton's power together, and Simon is returned to his human shape when Meg, who is bleeding, tends to a wound on his leg. Apparently when the blood of a virgin is mixed with his blood, it will turn him back into a human.

Simon and Meg flee to Lady Bethany's estate, where they are protected by her strong magic, but it is apparent he needs Meg by his side - for he turns into a unicorn whenever he gets angry. They decide on a sham marriage. The catch is that Meg must remain a virgin until Drayton is vanquished - and to say the least, it complicates their intense attraction to each other and adds, as we'd say today, some sexual tension and sizzle.

Simon also realizes that Meg has her own strong magic, and she has been feeding into Drayton's powers for over ten years. She has no memory of who she is or where she came from.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I tried hard to like this book. It has tons of potential, with a great set-up between the two main characters, but lacks suspense or tension of any source motivating the reader to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ready Mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was an awesome book.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Kilmer
1.0 out of 5 stars No Harry potter
I usually love Putney
Not up to her usual. Leave the magic to J.K. Rowling. A huge disappointment
Everyone is entitled to a miss now and again
Published 8 months ago by J. Marcus
4.0 out of 5 stars "Didn't those sundered souls cause you pain?"
Simon sensed/knew there was a a force spreadig chaos during the Jacobite uprising. It was Dayton. But there is far more to his evil, far more depths to his depravity. Read more
Published 22 months ago by cathyr
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
The story took a while to develop. It had many layers, stories and surprises. Overall it was better than expected. It was great!
Published 22 months ago by Amy T. Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I can only re-iterate what I said for A DISTANT MAGIC! I enjoy magic/immortal romance stories and Mary Jo Putney has it all.
Published 23 months ago by Arlene
2.0 out of 5 stars Where has all the sexual romance gone?
What I really enjoyed about this story:
One: The hero, Simon. This guy is so compassionate, strong-willed, yet understanding and giving. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Red Sapphire
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
This is my first Mary Jo Putney book. I truly enjoyed the story and the magical elements. I coul not put the book down. I will definitely pick up more of her books.
Published on April 3, 2012 by Mom03
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is a captivating story. I love Putney's writing style and her stories. This is one of my favorites in the Guardian series. It is a wonderful fantasy romance story. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Elaine Witkowski
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth time or money
I read Mary Jo Putney's novels during my Regency period 20 or so years ago. I'm now into fantasy and noticed this title. This was really a disappointment. Read more
Published on October 31, 2009 by P. Fox
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More About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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