Much Ado About Magic

Much Ado About Magic

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by Shanna Swendson
     
 

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At last, the much anticipated fifth book in the Enchanted, Inc. series!

To Do: Manage Magical Mayhem

Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar --

Overview

At last, the much anticipated fifth book in the Enchanted, Inc. series!

To Do: Manage Magical Mayhem

Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar -- like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create.

When Idris's rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception.

When Katie stages a showcase for MSI's magical achievements, she doesn't realize she's playing right into a devious plot more than three decades in the making. To save the magical world, she'll have to prove who the real enemy is by digging deeper into Owen's mysterious past. If she fails, she not only stands to lose a magical war, but she could also lose the man she loves.

Editorial Reviews

author of The Legend of Eli Monpress - Rachel Aaron
"Fresh, charming, and addictively readable, Shanna Swendson delivers again."
Booklist Reviews
"One of the best romantic-fantasy series being written today."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014877053
Publisher:
NLA Digital LLC
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Series:
Enchanted, Inc. , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
54,837
File size:
763 KB

Meet the Author

Shanna Swendson is the author of the Enchanted Inc. series of humorous contemporary fantasy novels, including Enchanted, Inc., Once Upon Stilettos, Damsel Under Stress, Don't Hex with Texas, and Much Ado About Magic. She's also contributed essays to a number of books on pop culture topics, including Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl, I Learned from Judy Blume, Serenity Found, Perfectly Plum and So Say We All. When she's not writing, she's usually discussing books and television on the Internet, singing in or directing choirs, taking ballet classes or attempting to learn Italian cooking. She lives in Irving, Texas, with several hardy houseplants and a lot of books.

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Much Ado about Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
ShadrachAnki More than 1 year ago
Much Ado About Magic is the fifth book in the Enchanted Inc. series, and it is just as light and enchanting as the previous four books. It also marks the start of a new story arc, so even if you haven't read the first four (or haven't read them in a while) you can pick up the story easily at this point. Shanna Swendson does an excellent job at working in the needed backstory elements without stopping the narrative flow or boring readers familiar with the previous books. That's a tricky balance to maintain. If you enjoy modern-day fantasy, I recommend checking this book out. If you read and enjoyed previous Enchanted Inc novels, you should really check this one out. You should also probably be prepared to stay up late reading....
Ankielsgirl More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great conclusion to the initial story arc, yet it leaves some tantelizing cliff hangers to keep you wanting more. I love the whole series. Thank goodness for the ability to self publish these days, or we may never have been able to read this book. I can't wait for the book 6 to be released. I love Owen & Katie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hurry up October 1. I have waited years for this book, and obsession is not a good look for me. There were old questions answered, new questions raised, and adventure filled content to round everything out. I am glad the sereis will continue on October 1 with No Quest for the Wicked.
AngeAZ More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of the books in this series, and this one did not disappoint.  This series has had me cracking up and bummed that it ended.  Okay for teens too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This author is very creative. It helps to have read the other books in the series before reading this one, although you may be able to understand it on its own. Recommend it for anyone that likes light fantasy with a touch of humor and romance. Looking forward to the next book!
NikiTee More than 1 year ago
Much Ado About Magic, by Shanna Swendson, is the fifth installment of the Enchanted, Inc. series. It's a delightfully easy read, a perfect book for summer, as long as you are truly not expecting much ado about magic.  In fact, there is very little magic about the story.  The world within the plot is a world of magicians, normals who are susceptible to magic, and individuals, such as the protagonist Katie Chandler, who are magic-immune.  Katie can't feel magic, can't see the effects of magic, and - what makes this book so easily written, and probably readable for those who are not into paranormal or fantasy fiction - doesn't understand what actually happens whenever anyone has anything to do with magic.  She and her ultra attractive, ultra powerful wizard boyfriend, Owen Palmer, try to save the world from corporate espionage and struggles for power. In more detail, the magic world of this series appears to be run by a shadowy government and by a corporation, Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. (referred to in the book as MSI).  MSI is firmly on the side of good.  However, a second corporation involved in magic, driven by an individual who seeks to take over the world, wishes to gain power.  Meanwhile, Owen, as handsome, adorable, and perfect as he is, has to face his childhood demons. Who will win? And how? I read the book, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I can't really answer the second question.  The reader is never sure how magic works, although some spells are described (for example, the author goes into great detail in how wizards move apartments and make coffee; packing and brewing are not required).  In all other respects, the wizards are always saying something, waving their arms around, using spices, but other than that, magic is a mystery.  The author includes just the right amount of detail to make the universe where magic is practiced and exists believable, but not enough to truly elevate this book into fantasy fiction. Aside from attention to detail, the book is a great read to bring along on vacation. It's cute and relatively well-written. There is a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, a little bit of heartbreak - nothing too taxing on the reader, however.  Serious readers of fantasy genre (for example,  the Wheel of Times series or the Games of Thrones) will hate it.  Casual, weekend-readers who are not turned off by the title, will pick it up and probably enjoy it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good series, however Swendson LEAVES IT UNFINISHED and WILL NOT WRITE THE 8TH BOOK. Per the author the story is "pretty much closed out in my head". BE WARNED, YOU'LL READ 7 GREAT BOOKS AND THE AUTHOR LEAVES YOU HANGING. You'll just have to make up your own ending because Swendson's moved on without completing this series.
writer-historyreader More than 1 year ago
I blew through all seven of these Urban Fantasy books as fast as I could. Hard to put any of them down.
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LayneMK More than 1 year ago
After I read the first book in the series (this one is the 5th), I could hardly wait to read the next one. it was magical, but somehow believable in its own way. The books easily could be made into movies ... and I would love to watch them! I wonder who best could portray Owen and Katie!
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This series is a delight. Really fun, easy to read, great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Good story. Fun to read.
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JenLS More than 1 year ago
Thank God Katie's back in New York where she belongs!  I love this series
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love these characters
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