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The Seat of Magic: A Novel of the Golden City [Kindle Edition]

J. Kathleen Cheney
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….

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About the Author

J. Kathleen Cheney is a former teacher and has taught mathematics ranging from seventh grade to calculus, with a brief stint as a gifted and talented specialist. Her short fiction has been published in such venues as Fantasy Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novella “Iron Shoes” was a Nebula Finalist in 2010. She is the author of The Golden City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1379 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451417763
  • Publisher: Roc (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Sequel! July 1, 2014
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Oriana has left with a promise to return soon, but she’s late, and a murderer is loose in the Golden City. The Seat of Magic continues the excellent story begun in book one, with more political intrigue, magic, and criminal investigation. I still love the setting—an alternate early 1900s Porto.

Not only are women being killed, they’re being mutilated in strange ways. Not only is Oriana missing, she’s being used as a political pawn in a battle between powers that she has no knowledge of, and if Duilio can’t find her fast, she will die in agony.

The characters remain interesting and unique, and it becomes especially clear into the end of the novel that they each have their own fully-developed stories. I continue to love the sense of manners and propriety. For example, Duilio gets into a lot of trouble when the servants think he’s sneaking peeks at an undressed Oriana, despite him being the master of the house, and her an employee.

I can’t mention too many details without spoilers, but trust me, it’s an excellent continuation. Do pick it up if you read The Golden City—and go get that if you haven’t yet! The story here wraps up nicely, but there’s promise of very interesting things to come, and I know book three is on its way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Second Book July 7, 2014
This is just my sort of book in every way. Historical fiction in a unique setting with a murder mystery, magic, and selkies. Plus, it includes a gentle romance with genuine chemistry. I loved the first book, The Golden City, but this one is even stronger because the characters had overcome their natural distrust and everything came together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Sequel in a Fabulous Series July 3, 2014
By Becky
Format:Kindle Edition
The Seat of Magic is the second in a series, and it's even better than the first. Once again, Cheney weaves together historical fiction, murder, police procedural, political intrigue, romance, and mermaids into a story that comes together seamlessly. I was so happy to see more of Oriana and Duilio's relationship. We find out more about Oriana's people, the sereia, and there are tantalizing promises that perhaps we'll get to visit her people's islands in the next book in the series.

The series is rich in world building and characters that come to life. I can't wait for the next one!
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By Amy
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Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

After solving the mystery/murders of the houses under the sea, Oriana was called back to her people. She promised Duilio she would return. That was two weeks ago and he’s heard nothing from her. His talent tells him that Oriana is anything but safe and secure, but he has no idea where to even start looking for her.

Besides worrying over Oriana, Duilio’s cousin Joaquim requires his assistance in uncovering a series of mysterious murders and disappearances occurring throughout the Golden City. Duilio is drawn even further into the investigation when it is discovered one of the missing girls is part of his brother Erdano’s selkie harem. Now he has to discover if the girl being a selkie was just a coincidence or if she was taken for a specific reason.

J. Kathleen Cheney does a good job of making Oriana’s whereabouts foremost in everyone’s mind, even with the missing/murdered girls. Finding out where Oriana is drives the first part of the book, but I think it’s safe enough to say that Oriana does return. I’ll try to keep the details of Oriana’s return under wraps as much as possible, but it may prove a difficult task seeing as how much of the mystery involving the missing girls and Oriana’s own confinement are linked together, which also turns out to be my biggest complaint about the book. I oftentimes found the coincidences and links to be a little too convenient (people happening to be in the same place at the same time with the same connections). But when I step back and look at the bigger picture of what’s going on I suppose I can be forgiving if some happenstance feels a little too plotted out because The Seat of Magic did keep my attention very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Author Visits Reviews The Seat of Magic July 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Note - I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. These opinions are solely my own.

A unique read, The Seat of Magic is part of the The Golden City series by J. Kathleen Cheney. A blend of science fiction, fantasy and romance, this is definitely far different from anything I've read in this genre.

Set in the fictitious Golden City in the early 1900's Portugal, the second book in the series centers around Oriana Paredes and Duilio Ferreira as they work together, investigating the murders of human and non-humans, unraveling an assassination plot that is simply put, brilliant in its reverse psychology.

The magical creatures in Cheney's work include sereia, selkies and witches. Sereia or sirens are mythical fish-like creatures while the selkies are seals who once they remove their pelts, can function as humans. Very intriguing and nothing like anything I've come across in my reading.

I am a vampire girl through and through and each new book I am requested to review opens the floodgates to a new experience in creativity. Cheney does not fail in her world building and to set the book in the coastal country of Portugal is perfect for the engagement between the human and non-human worlds.

As the story progresses, there is build-up in both the plot as Duilio and Oriana as well as other ancillary characters including Duilio's brother Joaquim begin piecing together catalyst to the murders. It appears someone is out to create the perfect cross-breed of human and non-human creatures through transplantation. The result is a series of gruesome murders.

But there is the relationship between Duilio and Oriana that also grows. The two move away from being mere counterparts becoming an enamored couple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well written book and with a different storyline than ...
Really well written book and with a different storyline than you typically see in this genre. The characters were refreshing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book. Would recommend to others.
Published 2 months ago by esp
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seat of Magic is great!
I enjoyed The Golden City, though I felt it started out a tad slow. The Seat of Magic starts off quickly and never slows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hinckley
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic, mystery and romance.
This is the second novel set in the Golden City and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. I hope there are more to come,
Published 2 months ago by cindysue
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb historical fantasy where the nonhumans are the most interesting...
What would you do if all you thought you knew was a lie? Oriana Paredes' life unravels in this excellent sequel to The Golden City. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margaret A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel every bit as good as the first!
Every bit as good as "The Golden City," the first book in the (hopefully many to come) series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Cochran-smith
3.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Sequel
This sequel to The Golden City gives readers satisfaction from the book one cliff hanger. I enjoyed the character development, and was always eager to turn the next page. Read more
Published 3 months ago by 1110cg
5.0 out of 5 stars Parr at its best
Mixing humor and various animals in a paranormal way makes this 2nd. book about the golden city Great read for teens and adults alike who lilke fiction with a complete twist set... Read more
Published 3 months ago by barbara duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Portugal as we never knew it
I started with the Golden City which prompted me to read the Seat of Magic next. Both present compelling "who done it" stories that do not fit the typical read I have... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the first book and I loved the second. Can't wait for the next.
Published 3 months ago by Diana Pharaoh Francis
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More About the Author

J. Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling, but weaving through her work is a common thread, that of the improbable heroine. From worlds set in humanity's distant post-apocalyptic future to alternate worlds of today or of the near past, Kathleen's heroines include a siren who with help from a gentleman of the city must stop a regicidal plot, the neglected daughter of an absent king coming to terms with her shapeshifting ancestors, a blind teenager who dreams of others' deaths and who uses her gift of touch to find their killers, and the widow of a trainer who with a most unusual horse must save her farm and way of life. All use their unusual gifts and talents to overcome obstacles and find their place in the world.

In 2005 Kathleen decided to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor and has since enjoyed seeing her stories published in Shimmer, The Sword Review, and Baen's Universe. Her novella "Iron Shoes" was a 2011 Nebula nominee. Kathleen twice attended the summer Writer's Workshop at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction under the tutelage of James Gunn. She lists C. J. Cherryh, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer among the writers who influenced her most--as well as Ansen Dibell, whose ghostly fingerprints can be seen all over her work.

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Kathleen's parents actually were rocket scientists (they worked at White Sands Missile Range), which made for interesting dinner-time conversations. After graduating with degrees in English and Marketing she worked as a menswear buyer for retail department store chains before changing careers to become a teacher, where she taught mathematics ranging from 7th Grade Arithmetic up to Calculus. Kathleen also served a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist. She coached the Academic Team and the Robotics Team and was the Chess Club sponsor.

When not writing, Kathleen likes to don a mask and get sweaty fencing, both foil and saber. Quieter hobbies include putting on her Wellingtons and getting her hands dirty in the garden. She also enjoys traveling and taking care of her dogs. Two large, hairy, dogs.

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