Much Ado About Magic [NOOK Book]

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 ...
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Much Ado About Magic

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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.
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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."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014877053
  • Publisher: NLA Digital LLC
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Enchanted, Inc. , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,480
  • File size: 745 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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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Katie Chandler continues to enchant

    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....

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Wonderful

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    this is one of my favorite series

    this is one of my favorite series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Hurry up October 1. I have waited years for this book, and obs

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Great addition to the series

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Much Ado About Magic, by Shanna Swendson, is the fifth installme

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    This series is a delight. Really fun, easy to read, great charac

    This series is a delight. Really fun, easy to read, great characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    One ofth One of the best series i have read

    Well written. Good story. Fun to read.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    Thank God Katie's back in New York where she belongs!  I love th

    Thank God Katie's back in New York where she belongs!  I love this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    &star &smile &star

    Lolz

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    fun and funny

    love these characters

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Another Winner

    Surprised to find another in Shanna Swendson's series. This is the 5th and hopefully many more to follow.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    From Author¿s website: To Do: Manage Magical Mayhem, Save the Co

    From Author’s website: To Do: Manage Magical Mayhem, Save the Company,
    Save the World Katie Chandler is back in New York and at Magic, Spells,
    and Illusions, Inc. – and just in time. The city’s in the grip of a
    magical crime wave from spells that wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks
    look awfully familiar, and the rogue firm Spellworks is raising its
    profile in the magical world by selling protective amulets. It’s Katie’s
    job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight this battle of
    public perception while Owen and the other wizards try to uncover what’s
    really going on. What Katie doesn’t realize is that her idea to stage a
    showcase for MSI’s magical achievements is playing right into a devious
    plot more than three decades in the making. Now Katie has to do damage
    control that has nothing to do with marketing. To save the magical
    world, she’ll have to prove who the real enemy is, and doing that will
    require digging deeper into Owen’s mysterious past than he wants anyone
    to go. If she fails, she not only stands to lose a magical war, but she
    could also lose the man she loves. The Bad: I gotta be honest folks, I
    don’t have anything that can be categorized as “The Bad” here, except
    perhaps that I had to wait too long to read it and I wish it were not
    over so quickly. The Good: Much Ado was well worth the wait. The story
    was action-packed, intense and thoroughly enjoyable. If you had asked
    me two weeks ago which of the Enchanted, Inc books was my favorite, I
    would have gone back and forth between the books because I love them all
    in their own ways. Now, Much Ado About Magic is the clear winner. Not
    only do we get some long due answers about our cutie Owen, but the story
    arc with Idris comes to a head, ending with a shock! Luckily, Book 6
    comes out in October, so we will not have long to wait to see where in
    the world the series is going. There’s not much more I can say without
    giving things away, and you all know how I hate spoilers, so I will
    leave you by saying – get Much Ado About Magic now! And check out our
    interview with author Shanna Swendson, who was gracious enough to talk
    Enchanted, Inc., boys, brownies and Joss Whedon with us! ~Shel

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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