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The recent astrological charts of reclusive astrologer, Lady Azenor (Aster) Dugall show that alarming calamities are ahead for the eccentric Ives family, specifically predictions of extreme danger to Lord Duncan Ives, 3rd Marquess of Ashford. Taking swift action, even though she knows she won’t be believed, Aster travels to Iveston Manor to warn Ashford in person.
She arrives auspiciously in a torrential downpour to find Ashford away from home and his brother Lord Theophilus Ives and assorted siblings in residence. Ignoring the incredible disarray of the front hall – was that a telescope atop a pool table? – as well as the appalling dishabille of the Ives men, Aster unfurls her charts to explain to Theophilus why the arrows of danger pointing to Duncan are of immediate concern.
Theo’s disparagement is a customary response to an astrological reading. As an established scientist with the Astronomical Society (that was his telescope on the pool table), Theo’s scorn for astrology is strongly expressed. Responding to his tactless, hurtful remarks, Aster tells Theophilus bluntly that if he ignores the warning, as Duncan’s presumptive heir he would make a thoroughly inept 4th Marquess.
And so the two protagonists lock horns: astrologer vs. astronomer; intuition vs. fact; Libra vs. Sagittarius.
What this introduction has thus far omitted – a grievous omission indeed – is that this first book of Patricia Rice’s new Unexpected Magic series is downright hilarious. Its madcap situations (there are many) are out-and-out funny; Rice’s descriptions of the lusting of Theo for Aster and his deviousness to hold her against him whenever possible had this reviewer laughing out loud. Ms. Rice keeps firm control of the cast of wild Ives men and zany Dugall women through her deft way with words and storytelling.
There’s suspense and mystery and romance to come. Who is behind the danger to Duncan and yes, to Aster, the other accidents, and the ongoing sabotage of the Ives property, and why?
Let your reading enjoyment begin!
I'm not an astrology expert, but some things mentioned in that area didn't make sense. Why would a new planet mean a need for a new house on the chart? Astrological houses are based on the 24-hour day, not how many planets there are. In the astronomical mentions I was usually scratching my head, saying, "Wha--?" Why would the hero have to wait a month to see Saturn again? How could he see Uranus AS A DISK--with a full moon in the sky, no less? Why did he think pointing a telescope through a broken window pane would allow any kind of scientific viewing? Do the stars and planets parade just for him during those few moments he allows for his viewing, in front of that pane? For a while there, every three or four chapters would have our hero using goofy astronomy-related terms out of the blue like, "You're as icy as an asteroid!" [Did the astronomical community know that asteroids were icy rocks at this time -- and are they, or does that description belong to comets instead? When did astronomers figure out that the giant worlds in our system are composed primarily of gas?] when he could merely have commented upon someone's frosty disposition. (The heroine also used this, but to lesser degree.) But no, the author had her Gimmick to ram home.
There are hordes of characters running about helter-skelter like they're in a Marx Brothers movie, setting up a long series. The problem is that I really don't care about any of them except two kids and the elder brother, whose story is likely the last to be told. I'd rather read about people who show dimensionality and real emotion in their existence.
The final quarter of the book settles down to romance novel norms, though by then the love story has been completed and it's all a set-up for the series. This is an odd book, but sentence structure was correct and words were spelled right, which earns extra points in this slip-shod age. In the future I hope the author will rely on character rather than gimmicks, and research to make sure her facts are correct and not anachronistic.
This plot had me in stitches, it moved at a satisfying pace, it was filled with intrigue, and so many interesting and colorful characters I found myself laughing and tapping the pages of my kindle to further each page. I am looking forward to other characters and their stories, and fully intend to read their stories as well. I can highly recommend this to lovers of a little bit of magic, even more laughter, and a whole lot of romance.
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