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The Magic Knot Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Magic Knot Series

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What woman wouldn't be attracted to Niall O'Connor's soft Irish brogue and dark good looks? But Rosenwyn Tremain must find her father, and she isn't going to let a sexy, stubborn Irishman and his motorcycle distract her. Rose's intuition tells her he's hiding something, a secret even the cards cannot divine. Her tarot deck always reads true, but how can one man represent both Justice and Betrayal?


Magic. Niall's body tingles with it when he finds the woman snooping in his room. Rosenwyn might believe she's a no-nonsense accountant, but her essence whispers to him of ancient fairy magic that enslaves even as it seduces. Her heritage could endanger those he'd die to protect, but her powers and her passion, if properly awakened, might be the only thing that can save both their families, vanquish a fairy queen bent on revenge, and fulfill a prophecy that will bind their hearts together with... THE MAGIC KNOT

About the Author

Helen Scott Taylor's first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.

Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with two Shih Tzus and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell; Original edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505527960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527967
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,046,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not every day you read a book where the heroine is a rather dull-seeming accountant. Perhaps Rosenwyn Tremain is a bit dull but her life changes overnight when she finds herself driving to Cornwall to carry out an accountancy check on a pub. When she arrives at the pub she meets twin brothers Michael and Niall O'Connor and from that point on nothing is the same. She feels a strange connection to Niall but he's reserved and seems to be hiding something. Part of her reasoning to visit Cornwall is to search for her father, a man she doesn't remember; however there's more to her Dad than she can possibly imagine and meeting him starts her on a quest, along with Niall, Michael and another ususual male, to rescue a whole race of piskies and to attempt to help Niall keep his sister safe.

Rose is a good heroine, a women who's fairly down-to-earth and who is able to take rather dramatic events in her stride, but a woman who also knows to focus on people as the most important thing. Niall, however, was a rather unsatisfactory hero for me; he is a bit too moody and reserved and has a dreadful tendency to not tell Rose what's going on so she's constantly in the dark. The other characters were well described but didn't really ring entirely true for me.

The setting in Cornwall and then Ireland was interesting enough although our English/Irish protagonists slipped into using American language at times, which was rather incongruous. There were some rather dramatic plot events which I felt weren't always handled very well and the central romance didn't feel particularly romantic. However the story was interesting with good pacing and the change in setting from Cornwall to Ireland was also good.
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On the positive side, Ms Taylor has succeeded in writing an entertaining book. The story is clever and even complex, and contains some original ideas, while still sticking fairly close to fairy legends. I cared enough about the characters and the world of The Magic Knot that I intend to read the next one. And I'm sure there will be a "next one" because this one read like the beginning of a series.

One the "con" side, I was surprised at how clunky the writing was at times and how unevenly the story unfolded. Plus I was dismayed how often the characters jumped *out* of character, delivering lines that seemed to belong to someone else. On several fronts, Ms. Taylor build drama only to let it fizzle out with little resolution and no explanations. I won't give specifics because I don't want to give spoilers, but one incident toward the end of the book that should have been a moving scene of forgiveness and redemption was totally blown off in a "wink, wink, nod, nod" moment that literally had me open mouthed with surprise...and not in a good way.

I have to admit to being surprised by the awards this book has won or been nominated for, and for all the 4 and 5 star reviews. It's not a bad book, in fact it's very entertaining. It just isn't near the best it could be, or the best of its genre. (See Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series, or for grittier urban fantasy, try Jeaniene Frost or Jim Butcher.) I look forward to Ms. Taylor's writings in the hope that this promising new author will hone her craft and develop *into* a 4 and 5 star author.
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An Interesting story. Rose doesn't know she is a Fairy Queen, her mother took her away from Cornwall when she was young and raised her as human. Niall is half Fairy half Leprechaun and fled Ireland with his twin brother and his sister, to save them from the wrath of the Queen of his fairy troop.

Rose shows up in Cornwall, as an everyday accountant, not realizing she has set in motion a show down with her evil Druid father.

The story is well crafted and interesting, if not always well executed. The push/pull of the romance between Rose and Niall unfolds nicely. The author tires to write an Irish lilt into the words, but I found it distracting and it drew my focus from the story.

It was an enjoyable read and I will likely read more by this author.
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I bought this title on the merit of the many high reviews, and I was so disappointed. I novel doesn't have to be 100% original for me to enjoy it, but it does need to be well-written and well-edited. By well-written, I mean that the characters should be full of personality, authentic and believable, stay in character for the whole of the novel, show development through the course of the novel, and respond appropriately to the events in the plot. By well-edited, I mean that there should be no grammatical or spelling errors, that the diction in description and dialogue stay true to the setting, that the plot shouldn't have incongruencies in timeline and events that should have been caught by an experienced and well-educated proofreader, etc. I was so disappointed on both fronts and can't see why this book has received so high of reviews. It's just unjustified, in my opinion. Other reviewers have noted specific instances of failures, so I don't feel the need to enumerate them here, but please read some of the three-star and lower reviews, and you'll see to what I'm referring.

I read to escape the real world, and I hate being shaken from the world of the story because of poor writing and editing. If you're like me in preferring that you don't like the "little things" that can jolt you out of a story and back into the real world, I don't recommend this particular title. There are plenty of other novels in this particular sub-genre that are much more satisfying.
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