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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Teen age favorite

When I was a teen in the 80s, I devoured romance novels, and this one was my very favorite. I loved the mysticism of it, the strength of both characters and the way she developed the love triangle. It didn't fit the normal pattern of historical romances of the time. Tod...
When I was a teen in the 80s, I devoured romance novels, and this one was my very favorite. I loved the mysticism of it, the strength of both characters and the way she developed the love triangle. It didn't fit the normal pattern of historical romances of the time. Today, I saw this addtion at the Barnes and Noble in my home town, and I cried! I thought it was out of print. It immediately took me back to being 16 and fascinated by the world of fairy tale romance. This book is a great escape and well worth the read.

posted by bandnerdtx on September 28, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disapointing

Both hero and heroine underwhelming, plot involving fairy magic and Irish rebeliion equally so.. only high point is the pet pig.

posted by Bananaface on July 30, 2012

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    Teen age favorite

    When I was a teen in the 80s, I devoured romance novels, and this one was my very favorite. I loved the mysticism of it, the strength of both characters and the way she developed the love triangle. It didn't fit the normal pattern of historical romances of the time. Today, I saw this addtion at the Barnes and Noble in my home town, and I cried! I thought it was out of print. It immediately took me back to being 16 and fascinated by the world of fairy tale romance. This book is a great escape and well worth the read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Wow! A Keeper!

    If you've never read a Laura Kinsale novel, read one. Now. I'd heard how wonderful her historical romances were, but, somehow, I never got around to reading one.

    What a mistake.

    UNCERTAIN MAGIC is a vivid, atmospheric tale of deceptive appearances, high stakes, and wrenching emotion. Set in late Georgian England and Ireland, the novel adds Irish magic and mystery to a can't-put-down, sweeping drama of two misfits who find their fit with each other.

    Roderica can read minds. The constant intrusion of others' thoughts is so painful, she fears she will never wed--until she encounters Faelan, "The Devil Earl", the only man whose mind is opaque to her power. Faelan needs money to resurrect his impoverished estate. Roderica has a large dowry. Without telling him of her unusual ability, she encourages him to seek her hand in marriage. Faelan harbors his own secrets. Is he really the devil, as his nickname implies?

    Against the terror and tumult of the doomed 1798 Irish rebellion, Roderica and Faelan, afraid to trust each other, risk their love, their sanity, and their very lives.

    UNCERTAIN MAGIC was first published in 1987 and time hasn't diminished the power and appeal of this early paranormal. I especially like that Ms. Kinsale has written two of my favorite characters, the strong heroine and the wronged, decent hero.

    UNCERTAIN MAGIC is a keeper. I look forward to my next Laura Kinsale novel.

    ARC provided by Sourcebooks

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Uncertain Magic

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    Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

    Roddy can't decide if her "talent" is a gift or a curse. Being able to read the minds of every living creature around her, may sound like fun, but for Roddy it can be overwhelming. When Roddy meets, the "Devil Earl", Faelan Savigar she is shocked to realize that she cannot hear anything from him. Roddy realizes that this may be her only chance at a normal life. Who wants to marry a wife who can read their every thought? But the Lord of Iveragh has secrets of his own. His reputation precedes him and Roddy's family worries for her safety.

    When Roddy and Faelan marry, Roddy assumes it will be a marriage of convenience. Faelan needs her money to save his estate in Ireland and she wants to marry and have children. But, does she dare hope that the stories of Lord Iveragh are only rumors? Is it possible that he could love her and no other? Faelan has been plagued by bouts with what he calls "lost time", from his childhood. He just doesn't remember! His deep secrets threaten to ruin their happiness. Will Roddy's gift be able to save him from his aliment or will it destroy him?

    My Thoughts:

    Ireland is a land of mist and magic. Laura Kinsale draws on the legends and fairy tales of Ireland to bring Uncertain Magic to life. Uncertain Magic is a re-issue from 1987, and was Laura Kinsale's second novel. In 1987 the genre of "paranormal" romance didn't exist. This novel was a forerunner to the explosion of books we are now seeing with "magical" themes. Whether is be vampires and werewolves or more subtle elements like Roddy's gift of reading minds, paranormal romances have taken the book community by storm.

    In Uncertain Magic, Laura Kinsale uses characters that uncommon. They aren't your average Lord and Lady. Roderica's, character is torn between believing her 'talent' is a gift or a curse. She desperately wants to find love, but believes it is beyond her ability because no one wants to be with someone who lays them bare and vulnerable. Faelan's character is the strong and silent type, but we soon learn it is because he fears himself more than anything else. Both characters are have faults, but that makes them all the more accessible. We as readers, want to see them overcome their fears and find love.

    I really liked the way, Kinsale used point of view in this book. The story is primarily told from Roddy's perspective. We don't get to see what's going on Faelan's mind until the very end of the book. Though we are able to glean a lot from his actions we can't see him clearly and that adds a lot of mystery to his character. I think this is a very powerful tool in the writer's arsenal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Funny, isn't it?

    Funny how people can have such differing opinions. This is one of my favorite books ever, yes it has some weaknesses but very special moments!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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