- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345492927
- ISBN-13: 978-0345492920
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Damsel Under Stress (Katie Chandler, Book 3) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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The latest charming paranormal from Swendson (Once Upon Stilettos) stars plain New Yorker Katie Chandler, whose immunity to magic paradoxically allows her to see all of the enchanted beings at work around her. After Katie shares a kiss with powerful wizard Owen Palmer-at the office party for Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., where both work-she's waiting for him to show up to their first real date when Ethelinda, an out-of-touch fairy godmother, materializes to work on Katie's romantic life. Katie waves her off dismissively, but when Owen shows up, he asks for a raincheck: cranky former friend Ari and absentminded bad-guy wizard Phelan Idris, who are in cahoots with some even badder guys, are out to bring magic to the masses. The two get to work, while, coincidentally, Katie's roommate Gemma is dating the rightful owner of the company run by Idris's backers. The loss of Katie's magic immunity and Ethelinda's old-fashioned meddling get added to the mix, and the book culminates in a fairy tale showdown. The unexpectedly poignant final pages hint at more sweetly imaginative doings to come.
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The third entry in Swendson's charming series, which began with Enchanted, Inc. (2005), finds Kate Chandler, whose immunity to magic makes her a valuable employee at the magic company where she works as Merlin's assistant, finally about to go on a date with her crush, handsome but bashful wizard Owen Palmer. While Kate waits for Owen to join her at a coffee shop, she encounters Ethelinda, a sloppy fairy claiming to be her fairy godmother, who unfortunately proves to be more hindrance than help. Matters become further complicated when Kate learns that Ari, a fairy who betrayed the company by helping their biggest rival, the wizard Idris, has escaped custody. Swendson blends chick lit and magic effortlessly, making the reader equally invested in the magical skulduggery and Kate's burgeoning romance with Owen, which includes a trip home to meet his icy foster parents. The novel culminates in an exciting ending guaranteed to leave readers thirsting for another chapter in this whimsical, clever series. Kristine Huntley
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Top Customer Reviews
These books are fluff, true, but highly imaginative and entertaining fluff. I want to live in Katie's universe! Oh - wait, maybe I do. Darn.
I love these quirky, fun and suspenseful novels and am almost finished reading the last in the series. *crying* I don't want them to end!
The characters are complex, enough is given about the history of the series that you wouldn't need to read them in order and if you're like me, you'll wish you knew magical people.