The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles)

The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles)

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by Cate Rowan
     
 

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THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC IS LOVE.

Jilian Stewart is no stranger to abandonment and guards her fragile heart diligently . . . but she can't escape her own dreams. A mysterious man invades them nightly, a man who may be connected to her mother's mysterious and sudden paralysis. Nothing prepares her for the man being real--and whisking her to his otherworldly

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THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC IS LOVE.

Jilian Stewart is no stranger to abandonment and guards her fragile heart diligently . . . but she can't escape her own dreams. A mysterious man invades them nightly, a man who may be connected to her mother's mysterious and sudden paralysis. Nothing prepares her for the man being real--and whisking her to his otherworldly home of Teganne.

Prince Alvarr has fought a years-long battle to protect his people from the necromancer Bhruic, and his magic is nearly depleted. He needs a Source, a woman possessed of potent mystical energy, to magnify his power. Though previously unaware of her gifts, Jilian will aid Alvarr if he helps her first, by finding the rare herb that will cure her mother.

Each needs the other, but neither Jilian nor Alvarr trust easily, despite their ever-growing attraction. Their journey is fraught with danger and beset by secrets, deceit and betrayal. But the explosive truth of Jilian's heritage may be the biggest secret of all . . .

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THE SOURCE OF MAGIC is a stand-alone novel within the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series. This otherworld love story has captivated readers and critics alike, reaching bestseller lists and winning sixteen awards, including The Romance Reviews' Top Pick. If you enjoy strong and resilient heroines and to-die-for heroes in fascinating worlds, grab THE SOURCE OF MAGIC to experience the enchantment for yourself.

"A magical ride. Unforgettable characters and twists and turns. Forget about sleeping, because I wasn't able to put this novel down until the end, and you won't be able to either." --The Romance Reviews

"I can't wait to read more books in this series!" --Debra Holland, New York Times bestseller

"I love The Source of Magic. I love everything about it--the feisty heroine, Jillian, the to-die-for hero, Prince Alvarr, the otherworldly setting." --LovesRomance

"Beautifully-written words paint an incredibly vivid picture of this new world and its inhabitants. A must-read." --The Romance Reviews

"Definitely an author to watch!" --Alyssa Day, New York Times bestseller

"Rowan brings the exotic, the magic and the passion. A story that will melt your heart. If you love magic and romance, you will love Rowan's books." --The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

"Utterly delicious fantasy . . . better than chocolate!" --Kendra Leigh Castle, RITA-nominated author

> > > BUY THE SOURCE OF MAGIC TODAY TO ESCAPE INTO SPELLBINDING ADVENTURE AND SIZZLING MAGICAL ROMANCE! < < <

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012363367
Publisher:
Enchanting Ink
Publication date:
04/17/2011
Series:
Alaia Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
151,111
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

Cate credits her favorite childhood authors—a list that includes J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Herriot, and C.S. Lewis—for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her family for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.

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The Source of Magic, a Fantasy Romance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
CarolynMDE More than 1 year ago
I love The Source of Magic. I love everything about it - the feisty heroine, Jillian, the to-die-for hero, Prince Alvarr, the otherworldly setting. Cate Rowan has woven an intriguing and engrossing story with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the virtual pages. Jillian is transported to an exotic new world, like Earth, but not like Earth, filled with strange plants and animals. Despite her confusion and her fear, Jillian is strong and fights to get back to her sick mother. Jillian discovers she has magic powers, powers Prince Alvarr and his people need. They have something Jillian needs - the plant that could cure her mother. When Jillian and Alvarr go on a journey to find the rare plant, they find so much more than that. They find love, but that love is tested over and over. They have to fight their growing feelings for each other and fight a very bad villain. Jillian is determined to get home to her mother. But can she bear to leave Alvarr? That question kept me guessing and reading to a very satisfactory ending. Cate Rowan is a terrfic writer. I can't wait to read more of her books.
Dee1963 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book a great deal. The characters were intriguing and the environments were colorful. I like the portal between the worlds aspect especially. I also enjoyed the subplot twist near the end as well. I would recommend this book, and I am in fact buying the next in the series so I can follow Varene's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Source of Magic is a great read for anyone who likes fantasy with a little romance thrown in. A great adventure. I didn't want jilian and Alvarr's story to end. I'm looking forward to reading more by Cate Rowan.
BevPet More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable book and the writing is excellent. I was drawn into the hero's world and the conflicting loyalties that threaten the main characters' romance. A surprise twist makes a happy ending doubtful but it works out in the end and is a great read. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. This is a prequel to Ms. Rowan's other book (Kismet's Kiss), but I think you could read them in either order. The setting of this book is kind of a magical Middle Ages Europe (and a magical old India or Middle East for the other one). I enjoyed seeing Varene again in this, and another talking bird who steals scenes. Plus, Alvarr can show up in my house anytime. =-)
Daisy-Rae More than 1 year ago
The story was entertaining. Although I would have liked for some of the characters back story to be more developed, it was enjoyable.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
An imaginative, fast-paced science fiction/fantasy romance! "It is said that years ago a skilled mage, perhaps the most gifted our world has known, chose the dark arts. His outlook became twisted, and the things and people touching his life became twisted as well. He knew that a mage and Source, linked by partnership, could wield much greater power than he could by himself. He also knew that if he linked with a Source, he might not be able to fully control that partnership. He thought it best, therefore, to eliminate any possible competition - by annihilating the Sources." THE SOURCE OF MAGIC by Cate Rowan was a romantic fantasy that I enjoyed, but was not wowed by. It was an interesting read, but I wanted to love it! If you follow my reviews, you know romantic fantasies are one of my favorite genres. I confess to not having read the first book before diving into this one. The blurb for this book states that it's a stand-alone novel. However, perhaps if I'd read the series in order, I would have enjoyed this tale more. This story featured a modern day woman, Jilian Stewart, who was abducted from earth without warning by Prince Alvarr, a smokin' hot prince from another planet in a huge case of mistaken identity as the prince thought he was seizing Sara, Jilian's mother. Sara was a known magical source which the Prince needed to counteract a villain who was draining his kingdom of magic. By the time the Prince discovered that he'd snatched the wrong woman, he didn't have the magic left to return Jilian and take Sara. It wouldn't have mattered if he had, though, as Sara was deathly ill. Prince Alvarr was a bit of a jerk, but he redeemed himself as the story progressed. To his credit, his subjects adored him. I liked the heroine and could fully understand why she'd be so upset at having been captured when her dying mother needed her. Jilian had no connection to the Prince's world and his arrogance and demanding ways were not conducive to convincing her to help his planet. There was an interesting cast of supporting characters. One of my favorites was Kalen, a talking jencel bird. I hope we see more of Kalen in future books as he was an intriguing character. This story has numerous twists including a jaw-dropping one near the end that took me completely by surprise. I did savor this tale and never considered not finishing it. However, in my opinion, it lacked that special oomph that would have made it great. It definitely had the potential to be truly exceptional. Perhaps I'm being too harsh, as I've read and reviewed some awesome science fiction/fantasy romances lately. If you enjoy imaginative, fast-paced science fiction/fantasy romances, you should put THE SOURCE OF MAGIC on your to-read list. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 3 Wine Glasses!
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confusing and dull.
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I was bored
Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
&quot;I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.&quot; This is a must read for any fantasy or paranormal lovers alike! I fell deeply in love with this world and Cate Rowan's writing and will be picking up more of her books soon! 
Julia84 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect but I really like this! It pulled you in from the start. I liked that you didn't have a whinny women but someone who from the beginig was looking for a way out. She had been hurt before like everyone and it played into how she looked at the situation she was in and how she delt with it. She made sure her main goal was accomplished and that she saw what was happening around her and wasn't so harddened that she would turn her back when she could help. Of course falling in love helped and nudged her in the direction too! Really looking forward to what else this author has in store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fun book to read.
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shirls94 More than 1 year ago
this book was ok and if they came out with a 2nd book i would read it
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