The Art of Stealing Time (Time Thief Series #2)

The Art of Stealing Time (Time Thief Series #2)

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by Katie MacAlister
     
 

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Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts.…
 
Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws to teach magic to mortals. But when their latest

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Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts.…
 
Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws to teach magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Summerland, the Wiccan afterlife.…
 
But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Summerland until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions.
 
Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Summerland last centuries.…

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Novels of Katie MacAlister
 
“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today

 “Will have you in stitches.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Full of witty dialogue and great romance.”—Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451417435
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Time Thief Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
287,662
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Novels of Katie MacAlister
 
“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today

 “Will have you in stitches.”—Smexy Books Romance Reviews

“Full of witty dialogue and great romance.”—Fresh Fiction

Meet the Author

Ever the romantic, Katie MacAlister decided one day to write a story that included all her favorite literary elements—dishy guys, strong women, steamy love scenes, and lots and lots of humor. She’s been blessed to write more than forty books since that first one, and is always madly in love with her latest hero.

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Art of Stealing Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Four stars to Katie MacAlister's The Art of Stealing Time from her Time Thief series. This book takes the reader into another realm, literally! Gwen, the heroine of the book, is one I can relate to. She's blissfully big boned and has a very strong mind and doesn't just rely on men to do what needs to be done. The way she sacrifices herself to ensure her mothers stay out of trouble is very understandable. The fact that she has two mothers also shows an author that is able to include everyone. I was happy to see the second book in the series about Gregory. I really liked him in the first book.
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Hard to capture my interest
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The story follows Gregory who has started his job with the watch. He is on the hunt for a witch who is accused of selling her magic to humans, among other things. After a close encounter with Gwen -see the novella Time Crossed- he cannot stop thinking about her. So, when he mistakenly confused her with his target, the hunt really takes off. Meanwhile, Gwen has had it up to here with her mothers. When their latest escapade, ends with mortal police involvement, she knows they need a place to hide. Off to Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife, they go. But, it turns out, things aren't as peaceful as one might imagine the afterlife to be. While I do like the Travellers series, I prefer the author's Dark Ones or Dragons series to this one. It's set in the same overall universe as the others, but there is something about the other ones that I like more. Don't misunderstand, the book was cute. It had the same humor I love about this author's work, and interesting characters. The storyline itself was entertaining. I enjoyed following these two along as they tried to solve their problems and work out their growing feelings towards each other. And the politics in Anwyn kept me entertained. But it's not my favorite. Gwen's mothers win the award for most entertaining parental figures ever. I loved them and their logic. Though, I have to give Gwen credit, if I were her, I might have disowned them after 100+ years of them playing by their own rules and bending laws because they can. I'm not much of a other people's mess cleaner-upper. All those fun characters we meet in Anwyn, just great. *smirks while remembering several spoiler-ish scenes* So much I want to say about these guys, but I don't want to give anything away. Gregory was an interesting man. I liked getting to know him. But he's not my favorite leading man from this author. (Maybe that's why I prefer the other books over this one? He's just not book boyfriend material for me.) I liked Gwen about as much as I liked Gregory. The two were cute together, not to mention humorous. I laughed a lot during this book. (Translation: I giggled uncontrollably to myself in a crowded work lunchroom. - Yup, that earned me several looks and comments.) Overall, I have to say I enjoyed this book. It met all the standards I have for this author's work, and still contained a great story within it's pages. The book ended with a possible set up for another novel. I hadn't heard anything yet, but if there is another one, I will be reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review The Art of Stealing Time is the second full length novel of Katie MacAlister’s  Traveller series and once again she has delivered with a story that is full of lovable characters that you wouldn't mind spending time with at any local Pub.  She builds her stories around delightfully twisted ‘what-if’ scenarios tosses in laughter and romance like a well-trained chef seasoning a meal and ends up with a hilarious read that just makes you feel good. Her heroines are always down to earth and (hooray) fully grown women who have a good handle on what’s important in their lives; her heroes are handsome and strong with-out being foppish and her supporting cast never fails to make the lives of everyone much more interesting. I love Katie’s writing, her sense of humor and the way she can make her main characters seem like friends and she always makes me want more after I read that last page. I highly recommend this book and all the others by the charming Katie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it really showed the distinct Katie Macalister sense of humor. Alien Hand Syndrome was my favorite! The second book in the Traveller series, The Art of Stealing Time is the story of Gwen and Gregory and mostly takes part in the Welsh afterlife Anwyn. An assorted crew of wacky interlopers and crazy situations make for an interesting path to learning that they are meant for one another. There's also guests cameos from Kiya, Peter, and the pugs from Book #1!
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In The Art of Stealing Time (Traveller #2) by Katie MacAlister, Traveller Gregory Faa is a probationary member of the Watch which governs Otherworld laws regarding immortals and mortals. His latest case has him chasing after Gwen Owens, a beautiful Welsh woman thought to be selling Wiccan spells to mortals. When Greg is faced with losing her through a portal to Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife, he has to decide whether to follow her or to let Gwen get away. Using his abilities to steal time is frowned upon by his bosses, so Greg must be careful how he handles the situation. His decision on how to proceed will put his job and possibly even his heart on the line. Alchemist Gwen Owens always seems to be helping her Wiccan moms stay out of trouble. Although this time they may have pushed their luck too far. The Watch is searching for them and has plans to arrest Gwen due to a misunderstanding. When they flee to Anwyn, she didn't think she would meet up with Greg again but he soon follows. She feels a pull between them that is almost magnetic, and even though he's her enemy, Gwen senses she can trust him. They stumble through camps that look like they're in a Renaissance fair and both get caught up in a war that resembles something out of Monty Python. Through it all, Gwen wonders how she will ever manage to keep her moms safe and get to keep Greg in her life? The Art of Stealing Time is a laugh-out-loud mix of modern and medieval times, full of non-stop action and unforgettable characters. This is my first introduction to the Traveller/Time Thief series by Katie MacAlister and I have absolutely fallen in love with her writing style. Seriously. Katie's writing to me is sort of like a blend of Molly Harper and Jill Shalvis, who happen to be two of my favorite authors... She uses very intelligent yet snarky prose which lends to comical conversations amongst the unique characters who then end up in some I-Love-Lucy-type situations. And the descriptions of Anwyn (the afterlife) were so lush and vivid that it was easy to picture exactly what the scenes should look like. Gwen was such a fun character to have as our heroine. She was hysterical, loving, loyal and brave. She was always looking out for her moms even though they made it difficult for her at every turn. Not on purpose of course. Just in their flighty, lovely, scatterbrained way. Greg was quite a dashing man full of old world charm and naughty thoughts who found himself smitten with the Welsh beauty. The secondary characters were equally as wonderful and creative: from Mrs Vanilla to Aaron and Ethan, to ummm...Death. Yep. Even Death himself makes an appearance. The Art of Stealing Time is easily read as a standalone novel and even has a glossary in the back of it to help us better understand Gwen and Greg's world. I highly recommend checking this out if you love fantasy/paranormal romance. Very entertaining and endearing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Art of Stealing Time is the second book in the Traveller series and does not disappoint! Gwen is an alchemist with a lot on her hands. Her two wacky Wiccan mothers have a knack for getting themselves into trouble leaving Gwen with damage control. This time they have seriously crossed the line and liberated a “student” of theirs from a nursing home. With the Watch and others after them, the Welsh afterlife Anwyn seems the best place to go and hideout. Gregory Faa, Time Thief and probationary Watch (Otherworld detective/enforcer) member is hot on her trail. He is determined to figure out what is going on with Gwen and getting closer to her in the process may not be such a bad thing. Add in the craziness that is Anwyn, alien hand syndrome, and a quirky battle and you have a hilarious and delightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I couldn’t put it down! Katie MacAlister’s sense of humor and ability to write loveable main characters is what really makes this book for me. I highly recommend this book specially if you need a dash of romance and a generous helping of laughter.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: I was completely geared up for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Time Thief, thought it was genius and fresh, and then after Time Crossed I was salivating because let's be honest, that was just a dirty tease. I'll be honest though, I got a good 30% into The Art of Stealing Time and was a bit worried. It just wasn't moving as fast as I had anticipated and I was waiting for something big to happen to kick things into gear. And then they entered Anwyn... From that point on, it was the fantastic laugh-out-loud paranormal romance that I've come to know and love from the lovely Ms. MacAlister and I couldn't get enough!   The TIME THIEF universe is incredibly unique to begin with, it's fresh, and multidimensional with subtle and overt nuances that make it decidedly its own. But in The Art of Stealing Time, Katie introduces another layer, the Welsh underworld, Anwyn and it's Alice-in-Wonderlandesque cast of characters. Our heroine, Gwen, is an Alchemist with two trouble prone Wiccan mothers. While trying to clean up yet another of their messes, she finds herself a person of interest and target for several groups and her life becomes infinitely more complicated.   Our hunky hero, Gregory, is the cousin of Peter Faa (the hero of book #1). He has just taken a probationary job with the Watch (sort of the supernatural police) when they're tipped off to some illicit activity that needs investigation. While doing so, Gregory crosses paths with Gwen and their lives and fates become inexplicably tangled. MacAlister's books always make me laugh and this one is no exception. I enjoyed visiting the Welsh afterlife and can't wait to see where the next book in the Time Thief series will take me! Anwyn was a trip! The place is crazy, the people even more so, and the magic and history that make up the very fabric of what Gwen and Gregory are thrown into is utterly fascinating. It was also so vividly written, and so perfectly entwined with the characters' stories, that I felt like I could literally see things as they happened and feel what went on as it did. I loved it! The tension between Gregory and Gwen was stellar, and I think I enjoyed their tale so much because it was hard earned. There was no simply falling into bed for these two. There were trials, tribulations, bonds to break, trust to earn and so much more before they even gave it a go, and even then, things weren't completely balanced. It was anxiety riddled and fantastic to read. Take that, add in some truly off the wall and loveable supporting characters, some epic one-liners and snark for the ages, heart pumping action, and PLENTY of surprise and you get The Art of Stealing Time. I most definitely recommend this book, but I strongly suggest reading the series in order - Time Thief, Time Crossed and then The Art of Stealing Time - to get the most out of this novel. I also recommend that you stick it out through the slower set up pieces at the beginning of the book because once they hit Anwyn, it's non-stop goodness. I can't wait to see what Katie has in store in Traveller-verse next...
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 fun stars:  THE ART OF STEALING TIME is the second full length novel in Katie MacAlister’s Traveller series. Travellers are supernatural beings who ‘steal’ time from other supernaturals or humans in an attempt to turn back the clock to change what has happened or prevent a tragedy from occurring. This is Gwen and Gregory’s storyline: Gwen is the daughter of two wiccans (two moms) and Gregory Faa is a traveller but unlike the first storyline, there is very little ‘stealing of time’ and most of the storyline takes place in an alternate dimension. The focus of this particular story looks at Gregory’s latest assignment with the Watch-a body of supernatural police who seek out the paranormal beings who have purposely outed themselves to humans or in the case of Gregory’s latest charge-have sold magic to humans. But what Gregory will find is that not everyone is who she appears to be. Gwen knows that her mothers have some issues as it concerns the use of magic. But Gwen also knows that someone is after her mothers and she allows herself to be pulled into their games and otherworldly dimensions. And it is there in Anwyn (or Summerland aka the afterlife) that Gwen and Gregory will encounter a world of knights and warriors, castles and soldiers, princes and magic, games and competitions. It is in Anwyn where most of the storyline takes place and plenty of humor, interaction with the otherworld beings and falling in love with the person who controls your heart. Once again, Katie MacAlister writes with plenty of humor, one-liners and innuendo that will have you chuckling at the antics of those on the run for their lives or just trying to survive in an alternate dimension. The story is told from two distinct POVs- Gwen and Gregory-as the reader is privy to the thoughts and internal dialogue of two people playing a game of cat and mouse that becomes something much more. The relationship between G&G continues to build and of course, Gregory knows that Gwen is the one, when sparks literally fly whenever they touch skin to skin.