Magic's Silken Snare (Silken Magic # 1)

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They are skilled in the ways of seduction and deception, magic and curses...They are masters in the trade of fine silk, and in the fatal art of poisoning...They are villains and heroes, outlaws and lovers, dreamers and schemers...Legend will call them gypsies.

The Silken Magic saga begins...
In her full-length fiction debut, short story writer ElizaBeth Gilligan sweeps readers away to a dazzling 17th-century Sicily-and to a mythical kingdom ...

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Overview

They are skilled in the ways of seduction and deception, magic and curses...They are masters in the trade of fine silk, and in the fatal art of poisoning...They are villains and heroes, outlaws and lovers, dreamers and schemers...Legend will call them gypsies.

The Silken Magic saga begins...
In her full-length fiction debut, short story writer ElizaBeth Gilligan sweeps readers away to a dazzling 17th-century Sicily-and to a mythical kingdom across the water known as Tyrrhia. It is a world in which magic has the power to shape the course of history-and love has the power to unravel it. Where religions rise, governments fall, and the only thing more powerful than a gypsy's passion...is a gypsy's curse.

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In a slightly altered Renaissance setting, Luciana hears the owl's cry and fears the worst. Her sister has died, and has been accused of murdering her lover. Luciana's own husband is far away, so she must go to court and demand a vendetta in her family's name. As the heir to the wealthy silk trade and wife of the queen's brother, Luciana has influence. However, royalty looks upon her gypsy background with skepticism, and even her husband dislikes her occasional forays into magic. Still, Luciana senses that magic of an evil kind has been invoked in these tragedies. When the sister's dead body is confiscated and her spirit haunts the castle, Luciana is willing to do whatever it takes to find out who the killers are. Though a bit slow-paced at the start, the plot picks up speed, and the reader is hooked. There's plenty of personality sparring to pique and maintain the reader's interest, and the magic is smoothly woven into the storyline so as not to distract but rather keep the mystery flowing. Some of the Catholic extremists are pictured in an unsavory way, but the major tone is tolerance. Indeed, the narrative surprisingly avoids lots of violence, sex or foul language. There are a couple of points where the writing is slightly weak, but overall the effort is satisfying. The ending is a bit unresolved, but that's because this is the first in the Silken Magic series. Hopefully, the author will bring the next volume out soon. (Silken Magic #1). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, DAW, 556p., Farmer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756401276
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 3/18/2003
  • Series: Silken Magic Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,199,253
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.54 (h) x 1.48 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fascinating fantasy

    In the mid-eighteenth century, Tyrrhia is a haven for all races and religions including the Romani, who are vested in magic and control the silk trade. Luciana, the Duchessa di Drago, is a powerful mage who knows that her beloved sister died at court before official word came. She learns that a practitioner of the dark arts stole her sister¿s body and Alessandra¿s spirit knows no peace because it is used in evil spells. Luciana needs to find her sister¿s body and release her spirit so it can pass on. To do so she must locate the wizard who killed her sister and take her revenge on him. When her husband, her one and only love, joins her at the court those who want to replace the present king and queen (Stefano¿s sister) drag them into regal intrigues, but the plotters are the reason Alessandra was murdered. By thwarting them, Luciana avenges sister and makes sure the Romani have a home. When Luciana tries to find her sister¿s body on the palace grounds, she faces an enemy she never expected to exist. The imaginary country of Tyrrhia is situated where Sicily now exists only this kingdom is much larger and stronger than Sicily ever was. The romance of the estranged Duc and Duchessa is pivotal to the story line as the two star-crossed lovers try to find their way back to each other. The religious and racial tolerance that exists in Tyrrhia is another reason for many to want a strong Roman Catholic nation like France or Spain to annex the country. Elizabeth Gilligan has created a fascinating realm that readers will want to revisit in future novels. Harriet Klausner

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