Stranger

Stranger

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by Zoe Archer
     
 

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He protects the world's magic--with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry. . .

<center>Looking For Trouble</center>

Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story--even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how…  See more details below

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He protects the world's magic--with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry. . .

<center>Looking For Trouble</center>

Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story--even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there's magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdropping. . .

<center>Lighting His Fuse</center>

Catullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he's thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway. . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420119862
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Blades of the Rose Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
721,381
File size:
3 MB

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Stranger (Blades of the Rose Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
A_Very_Merry_Shakespeare More than 1 year ago
From the very first book in this action-packed series, this fantastic author has brought us through story after story that has concentrated on the lives of The Blades of the Rose. This fourth offering picks up right where the wonderful Rebel left off. Readers find themselves on a steamship heading to Liverpool called the Antonia. It's the year 1875, and Gemma Murphy is the woman we are following. Gemma is a hard-nosed journalist and has been chasing a story from Canada to New York and on to this ship, tailing three people she truly knows are up to something immense. She's heard all kinds of talk from the three mysterious passengers including information about a strange organization called the Heirs of Albion; in addition, the oddly-acting passengers are also worried about what these so-called Heirs are doing with the Primal Source.whatever that may be. Even though Gemma tries with all her might to stay undercover and unseen, Catullus Graves - a brilliant inventor - spots Gemma and ends up telling her everything that he and his comrades are up against. Here, the author takes us on an outstanding journey that focuses on the main source where all magical objects come from. This, the Primal Source, is "the repository of mankind's imagination," (I love that line) and some very bad people have gotten their hands on it and unlocked the source of all the world's magic. What these supposed Heirs don't know, however, is how to use the Primal Source, so Catullus and his two comrades are getting ready to face down this supreme group and defeat them before it's too late - The Heirs vs. The Blades for the world's magic! Yes.it is that cool of a story. From the great chase scenes, to the romance that erupts between the inventor and the newshound, every part of this story is unforgettable. Not to mention, I thought the way Ms. Archer handled the issue of prejudice - from the America's and their Civil War, to how Catullus was treated in his own beloved England, the author was able to really speak volumes within a true, non-stop adventure.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1875 Chicago newspaper reporter Gemma Murphy overhears three people discuss saving the world from some affluent British Heirs. Fascinated with what she heard, Gemma makes inquiries into the trio especially the mysterious inventor Catullius Graves. She asks him for an interview. Catullius knows his first loyalty must be to the Blades of the Rose, but he also feels a kinship to Gemma as he is an intense outsider who knows no one understands him; while he senses she must prove her worth every day to the good old boys' network at her paper where she is an outsider there. They are attracted to one another but in spite of his efforts to keep her out of his undercover work, Gemma joins her loved one and his Blades to prevent the Heirs from obtaining and using the Primal Source to reanimate King Arthur as the first step in making England the depository for all of the magic in the world. The Blades of the Rose (see Rebel, Warrior and Scoundrel) is another super thriller as the suspense never slows down while the romance simmers in order to first save the world. Loaded with action as Camelot appears coming to Reconstruction Era Chicago, Zoe Archer scores four consecutive bulls-eyes with this great finish to this terrific saga. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like King Arthur, this is your book!
wildcatkel More than 1 year ago
was my least favorite in the series, I just could not picture the chemistry with these two characters so kept throwing me off the storyline
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