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The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles Book 1) by [Rowan, Cate]
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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: 6081 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X235I0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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"It is said that years ago a skilled mage, perhaps the most gifted our world has known, chose the dark arts. His outlook became twisted, and the things and people touching his life became twisted as well. He knew that a mage and Source, linked by partnership, could wield much greater power than he could by himself. He also knew that if he linked with a Source, he might not be able to fully control that partnership. He thought it best, therefore, to eliminate any possible competition - by annihilating the Sources."

THE SOURCE OF MAGIC by Cate Rowan was a romantic fantasy that I enjoyed, but was not wowed by. It was an interesting read, but I wanted to love it! If you follow my reviews, you know romantic fantasies are one of my favorite genres.
I confess to not having read the first book before diving into this one. The blurb for this book states that it's a stand-alone novel. However, perhaps if I'd read the series in order, I would have enjoyed this tale more.

This story featured a modern day woman, Jilian Stewart, who was abducted from earth without warning by Prince Alvarr, a smokin' hot prince from another planet in a huge case of mistaken identity as the prince thought he was seizing Sara, Jilian's mother. Sara was a known magical source which the Prince needed to counteract a villain who was draining his kingdom of magic. By the time the Prince discovered that he'd snatched the wrong woman, he didn't have the magic left to return Jilian and take Sara. It wouldn't have mattered if he had, though, as Sara was deathly ill.

Prince Alvarr was a bit of a jerk, but he redeemed himself as the story progressed. To his credit, his subjects adored him.
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