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Uncertain Magic Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 1987

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There's mystery, lots of romance, and a wonderful book all around. I highly recommend it. (Shoshana This Book For Free 20100428)

Readers will be swept away by Uncertain Magic... Enchanting. (Eliza Knight History Undressed 20100512)

A whole new style of historical romance. Beautifully written... a definite must-read. (The Long and Short of It Reviews 20100518)

The passion... is overwhelmingly beautiful. (Christine Plaisted Books 4 Moms 20100518)

Kinsale weaves in fey magic into a tale of love, political unrest, loss and delivers some riveting plot twists. (Jennifer Rundpinne 20100517)

I am still breathless... There is so much passion. (Monica The Bibliophilic Book Blog 20100518)

Laura Kinsale never fails to deliver... Night Owl Romance Top Pick! (Night Owl Romance 20100518)

A fantastic read. (Annie Queen of Happy Endings 20100518)

A truly delightful and engaging romance. (Martha Reviews by Martha 20100518)

A vivid, atmospheric tale... Uncertain Magic is a keeper. (Linda Banche Linda Banche Historical Author 20100527)

A well-written story of love, magic and romance. (Leslie Leslie's Psyche 20100527)

Breathtaking and surprising in so many ways. (Lynda Coker Between the Pages 20100602)

Lauren Kinsale adds the magic and the zing to storytelling (Cindy I Heart Book Gossip 20100602)

A romantic tale... Recommended for fans of romance and light fantasy. (Maya Apprentice Writer 20100603)

There is some mystery and a wee bit of intrigue... And lets not forget, the passionate love scenes as well. (Jennifer Jenny Loves to Read )

I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance....with just a touch of magic. (Seductive Musings )

A fantastic historical that has definitely stood the test of time. (Carrie The Book Girl ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Update on Kindle editions 10/2010: Some of my ebook editions have been removed temporarily while the copy errors noted by alert readers are being corrected and new digital covers created. The affected books are THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT, UNCERTAIN MAGIC, MIDSUMMER MOON, SEIZE THE FIRE, and THE HIDDEN HEART. My thanks to readers for bringing my attention to this problem. I appreciate your patience! We'll have the New and Improved editions available soon and I'll note that here.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 2nd Printing edition (March 2, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380751402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380751402
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America. Her novel FLOWERS FROM THE STORM was chosen by readers of Glamour Magazine and the Washington Post as one of the Greatest Love Stories of All Time.

Laura believes that a romance novel can be more. More fascinating characters than you ever anticipated. More unexpected depth. Emotion to engage your heart and your mind. Stories that keep you awake and words you will remember long after you close the book.

Whenever readers list their "Desert Isle Keepers," the books they couldn't live without, Laura Kinsale's award-winning historical romances are included near the top.

AND NOW...AUDIOBOOKS!

You've heard of Nick and Norah...well, now you can listen to Nick and Laura. Find out all about my audiobooks, read by the incomparable Nicholas Boulton, at www.hedgehoginc.com

I personally chose Nick to narrate my books, and it's been phenomenal. Not only does he have the World's Wickedest Sexy Voice, he's brought a true artist's creativity and respect to my books. Every single audiobook is a unique work of art in itself--these are very, very special recordings. Many listeners have said it's like reading one of my novels again for the very first time--that's an amazing compliment to Nick's ability to bring my characters to vivid life.

His mesmerizing performance of For My Lady's Heart was a 2014 Audie Finalist. (The Audies are the Oscars of the audiobook world) And Flowers from the Storm? Well, just listen to the sample clip on Audible www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Flowers-from-the-Storm-Audiobook/B00D5IJ5T6

Even if you've never tried an audiobook, Nick Boulton will wow you. Go to http://www.hedgehoginc.com for a list of my currently released titles, audio samples and links to the story of how I chose Nick for my narrator. Or just go straight to Audible.com.

Why a puppy for an author photo? There have been a few fake author pages on the web purporting to be Laura. So whenever you see a picture of Ventoux the Peter Pan of Great Pyrenees dogs, you know it's authentic Laura Kinsale.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Neilisa on November 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
They called Faelan Savigar the Devil Earl because he has been reputed to leave ruined maidens in his wake, murdered his father, and even fought and won all his duels, leaving his challengers either dead or fighting for their lives. But none of that mattered to Roderica Delamore, a nineteen-year woman with a special gift, the ability to hear the thoughts of others. To her surprise, her gift failed her when it came to Faelan. Facing a life of seclusion and loneliness, Roderica jumps at the chance to forge a new life for herself by making a bargain with Faelan: Marriage. He needs her money to restore his run-down estate and she needs him to protect her from the relentless intrusion of the outside world.

Despite their mutual agreement, Faelan and Roderica, through a lot of misunderstandings and adjustment periods, learn to like and even fall in love with each other. But their relationship faces an even more dangerous test: Faelan has been missing periods of his life, meaning that there are moments, even hours and days, where he doesn't remember what he did or how he got to a certain place. It's during those times when something dreadful happens.

Because of his dreadful past, Faelan believes he doesn't deserve Roderica's love. Roderica, however, is determined to save her husband from his dark side. But will her love be enough to rescue Faelan? Or is there another evil at work, scheming to destroy her husband's sanity as it had his reputation?

This was a phenomenal story. The prose is exquisite, captivating, and the characters are so easy to fall in love with. It will draw a whole range of emotions out of you from sadness, love, anger and contentment. I was thoroughly entertained.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brandt on May 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got this book from my mother (among others) and I just finished reading it. From the ingram on the back you'd think this was a typical Court romance. I must say it blew me away. I loved it!
This is the first book I actually read every word from the first chapter to the last chapter. It took all of 3 days! Kinsale hooks you from the very first word. I never had a book do that before.
The characters were interesting and very believable. The way she incorporated magic and esp was not overdone at all. ... I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in the magic of...love!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Laura Kinsale brings to the printed page a depth of talent rarely seen in the romance genre. Her characterization of Roddy is exquisitely drawn, and she uses Roddy's "gift" as a wonderful excuse to explore the human psyche. The wonderfully erotic wedding night scene and the mythical and mystical elements of the story are added bonuses. When I first picked us this book many years ago and read the back cover, I almost didn't buy it because of its improbable storyline--how glad I am that I gave it a chance! After fifteen years of reading romances, this book continues to be one of my top favorites.
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I'm not going to include an overview of the plot - there are many other excellent reviews for this book that already do so. Instead, I want to try to explain why I would encourage people to read other Kinsale novels, instead of this one. Here's my basic summation: If you are mainly a historical romance fan, you're bound to be frustrated by the random bits of supernatural elements intermittently shoved into this text, which is rich with historical detail. And if you're a fan of the supernatural, you're bound to be frustrated with Kinsale for wasting the narrative opportunities that such elements can provide. Let me explain.

If you read the reviews for her other books, you'll find reviewer after reviewer rhapsodizing about her writing. I'll add my voice to that chorus - Kinsale is a very special writer. She creates incredibly compelling characters - well-rounded, flawed, and believable. In my judgement, most of them are well worth the time and energy her books demand. And her books DO require time and energy, especially when compared to the majority of romance novels. Her stories are packed with details of time and place, and, for readers, paying attention to those details is typically very rewarding. "Uncertain Magic" has similarly well-developed details - the Irish fight for independence in the 19th century gets described with terrific color, including the horrors that a violent uprising inevitably produces. This is not the usual historical romance type of detail, where you get to learn, once again, that the lemonade at Almack's was watery. Kinsale creates a whole world in her books, and she clearly devotes substantial research to learning about the place and time that constitute her books' settings, and "Uncertain Magic" is no exception. So far, so good.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By shuaddict on January 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't expect much when I picked this book - although I'd so far read 80% of Laura Kinsale's books and this was one of the final few. The plot they outlined at the back of the book was very badly done in my opinion. I was glad that I disregarded it completely - i just picked it up because it was written by Kinsale. If i'd based it on the back cover, i wouldn't have discovered what an amazing story this is. In typical Kinsale style, the hero is tormented - even more so here .. and the heroine is a beautifully unique character [I personally loved the ESP, magic etc. it did not go overboard]. Definitely recommended, as well as all other Kinsale books especially "The Hidden Heart", "The Shadow & The Star" and "Flowers From The Storm".
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