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

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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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  • File Size: 3345 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enchanting Ink (April 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X235I0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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★ Cate Rowan: Magically Fantastic Romance ★

Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet and true love in realms near and far have won more than thirty awards.

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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. Writing became a force in her life when clever elementary school teachers assigned weekly creative writing projects. She wrote through high school, particularly when bored in class. (Rumor has it those early pages consisted of fantasies about Duran Duran, but she is silent on the issue and keeps those notebooks from prying eyes.) She put fiction aside to earn a Ph.D.--but her muse, even while stuffed in a dark closet, never shut up. Now she and her muse and her story people get to play every day. (There might be strawberry mojitos involved, but again, she's not saying.)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LovesRomance on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BevPet on May 4, 2011
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adriana M. Hunter on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By patnrmn / USA on November 19, 2014
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book starts with a fore shadow to the future, which I have to say did draw me to the story. It was somewhat different from of the novels I had read lately, makes you wonder, “How did the main character end up in this predicament”. Unfortunately, that first chapter which consisted of 3 pages was the only interesting aspect of the book.
Don’t get me wrong, Cate Rowan’s book is well written. The visual detail was amazing; I could almost picture myself in Teganne. The Characters fall short, they are flat and uninteresting. Cate attempted during the first half of the book to elicit our support and loyalty for the prince and his council of mages. I really couldn’t see any reason to like them or even sympathize with their situation. I wasn’t given enough of a reason, I have to be honest I read up to the 62% mark in the book and I couldn’t read any farther. Part of me wanted to, again to find out how Jilian got herself into the predicament she was in during the first chapter. I’m sorry to say I wasn’t curious enough, I found another book to read instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mamallama on December 14, 2014
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As a rule I don't normally read books about magic or fantasy.. Something about the description of this story piqued my interest so I wrote to the author. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Well, let's just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It drew me in from the start and the parts I normally am not interested in seemed perfectly normal and necessary. Silly me for doubting. Genuinely cared about the characters and was really worried about the fate of Teganne and the people who live there and what would happen to them if Jillian didn't...well I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that I really loved the story and the author's style of writing made it not feel like reading so much as gliding along with the story. Well done - I'm now going to look for more from Cate Rowan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LovetaRead on 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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