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The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Cate Rowan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"THE SOURCE OF MAGIC is one of those rare treasures you hope will never end. A magical ride. Unforgettable characters and twists and turns that keep us turning the pages. Forget about sleeping, because I wasn't able to put this novel down until the end, and you won't be able to either." — The Romance Reviews 

The most powerful magic is love.

Visions of a mysterious and gorgeous stranger plague Jilian Stewart. She's sure they're brought on by the stress of her mother's deadly paralysis. But when the stranger appears, clasps her to his chest and yanks her from Scotland into a magical battle, she finds herself ensnared in a fantasy otherworld — trapped by treachery and family secrets and opposing the one man who can make everything right.

Prince Alvarr, her sexy abductor, offers a cure for her dying mother, but won't send Jilian home with it until she helps him destroy the evil mage threatening his people — with mystical powers she never knew she had.

The Source of Magic has won sixteen awards, including The Romance Reviews' Top Pick.

Critics Say:

"Rowan brings the exotic, the magic and the passion. ... Such a heartwarming story that will melt your heart and have you believing in love again. ... If you love magic and romance, then you will love Rowan's books." — The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

"Beautifully-written words paint an incredibly vivid picture of this new world and its inhabitants. ... A must-read and I'm anxiously awaiting the next novel in this delightful series." — The Romance Reviews

"A suspenseful storyline holds your attention as you are drawn to this magical place of wonder and intrigue." — Smexy Books

"I love The Source of Magic. I love everything about it — the feisty heroine, Jillian, the to-die-for hero, Prince Alvarr, the otherworldly setting. Cate Rowan has woven an intriguing and engrossing story with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the virtual pages." — LovesRomance

 

More titles in the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series:

Kismet's Kiss
When a deadly epidemic strikes a sultan's realm, only a magical healer from an enemy land has the skill to save it. The sultan never imagined the healer would be a woman...

Swords and Scimitars
When two women beg for aid against tyranny, a sultan must sacrifice his freedom and his long-scarred heart to help them.

Sword and Lute
When a musician stumbles across a dying god, she must sacrifice her precious lute to save him...and find her heart's desire.

Contemporary magical romances by Cate Rowan:

Flirting with the Fireman
A sculptress, a battery-chasing cat, and a studly fireman meet through a supernatural recipe for "Get a Husband" Brunswick stew.

Kiss That Frog
A cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece's frog and discovers magic in the terrarium — in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.



Editorial Reviews

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"A must-read and I'm anxiously awaiting the next novel in this delightful series." --The Romance Reviews

"Definitely an author to watch!" --Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

"If you love magic and romance, you will love Rowan's books." --The Pen & Muse Book Reviews

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Her debut novel, Kismet's Kiss, was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist and was nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of 2010 and Best Debut of 2010 by The Romance Reviews. A prequel, The Source of Magic, has been named a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews.

Cate credits her favorite childhood authors--a list that includes J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Herriot, and C.S. Lewis--for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her family for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and intriguing story May 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love The Source of Magic. I love everything about it - the feisty heroine, Jillian, the to-die-for hero, Prince Alvarr, the otherworldly setting. Cate Rowan has woven an intriguing and engrossing story with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the virtual pages.

Jillian is transported to an exotic new world, like Earth, but not like Earth, filled with strange plants and animals. Despite her confusion and her fear, Jillian is strong and fights to get back to her sick mother. Jillian discovers she has magic powers, powers Prince Alvarr and his people need. They have something Jillian needs - the plant that could cure her mother.

When Jillian and Alvarr go on a journey to find the rare plant, they find so much more than that. They find love, but that love is tested over and over. They have to fight their growing feelings for each other and fight a very bad villain. Jillian is determined to get home to her mother. But can she bear to leave Alvarr? That question kept me guessing and reading to a very satisfactory ending.

Cate Rowan is a terrfic writer. I can't wait to read more of her books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She did it again! May 12, 2011
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Yep. Cate Rowan did it again! Loved this book and I love this talented author. Cate Rowan's talent lies in the fact that she not only has a great imagination but also has the ability to bring us into complex worlds where magic is believable.

The protagonists in this book were both likeable and real, with their own flaws they needed to overcome. The major antagonist? A Very Bad Guy. Rowan is such a wonderful author that I actually pitied him by the end of the book.

This is one not to miss. I can't wait for more of Cate Rowan's books!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Magic...Excellent! May 4, 2011
By BevPet
Format:Kindle Edition
Romance and Magic...Excellent!

This is an engrossing book. Jilian's mother is critically ill and when a stranger transports her back in time, she is furious and cares only about returning to the hospital before her mother dies. She doesn't believe she has special powers that can save a kingdom and resents her handsome abductor.

However Prince Alvarr is very persuasive and when she witnesses firsthand the evil that threatens his people, she agrees to help in exchange for a rare plant that might heal her mother. However Jilian has no intention of hanging around in this strange and mystical place; she just wants to find the plant, return to Scotland, and save her mom.

The writing is very well done and I was captivated by Alvarr's world and the conflicting loyalties that threaten their growing love. A surprise twist makes a happy ending doubtful but it works out in the end and is a very satisfying read. I'll be looking for more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! August 22, 2012
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The book captures your imagination right from the beginning when you find the heroine, Jilian, in a dungeon. The story flows well. There is enough detail of the world of Terganne that the reader can clearly picture it. The supporting characters are well fleshed out and the main characters are great. I really liked how the relationship between them grew and how the different struggles they encountered were handled. Definitely a good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half and Half October 23, 2011
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I wish I could give the first half of the book 4 stars and the second half 3. I did like it and it held my attention. The characters were interesting and the story-world was intriguing. However, the second half kind of lost my devotion and some of the story just was too contrived. I didn't think the male character was all that likable, especially toward the end.

On the whole this was fun and well-written. It was a nice spin and an entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THe source of magic October 21, 2012
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This a compelling story. Fun, magical, interesting with just the right amount of romance. The characters were believable and relatable. All in all a great wet weekend novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read May 27, 2012
By Pam
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This book is excellent. The story line is both creative and interesting. I read this book in a day and a half, it's that good. The characters are extremely likable and the author links both worlds together with ease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Source of Magic April 1, 2012
By Kyrjus
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All I can say is WOW!!!! I just love her writing... Cate explains everything so well and keeps you wanting to read. I couldnt put it down. I cant wait for her next book!!!if you like fantasy and magic you will love her writing!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a mess.
This promised to be an interesting fantasy, but it was so ham-handed in execution, I just gave up about 10 chapters in. Is there a good story here? I don't know. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Robin in Vermont
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale princes...
While it is always fun to think about being swept off your feet by a powerful prince from a faraway land, sometimes it is more believable than others. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KRVA
4.0 out of 5 stars Majically fun!
I liked this book, and the storyline was interesting and captivating. It was a fresh take on a topic that has become very popular. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by LCskater
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars Really
I came across this book at the end of another fantasy novel I was reading. That one was ok though it had points at which I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I can't wait for more, this and Kismet were both delightful far beyond their purchase price- worth far more than $3. Wonderful job.
Published on October 11, 2011 by Cailia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Author
I have a feeling I'll be rushing out to grab all of Cate's books when then hit shelves.
I loved her follow up to this book (would rate it 5 stars). Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by Book Junkie
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't put it down!
Best of it's kind I've read in a very long time. The magic and the romance on scale with Diana Gabaldon. Hope there are many more.
Published on August 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot.
The speed with wich they fell in love was not believable. Still there was enough action and sympathy for each to make an enjoyable read.
Published on August 7, 2011 by B. Vincent Rodriguez
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★ Award-winning fantasy romance in magical worlds. Come read! ★

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, adventure, and true love in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

Cate credits her favorite childhood authors--including J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Guy Gavriel Kay, and James Herriot--for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her parents for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.

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