Magic of the Pentacle

Magic of the Pentacle

by Diane Wylie

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BN ID: 2940149426591
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Series: Mark of the Magician , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 566 KB

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Magic of the Pentacle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The setting for this book is 1989. The characters are a psychiatrist, Dr. Juliana Nelson, and someone brought into her clinic by the police – a magician named Richard Blackstone who claims to be immortal and a knight of King Edward III. The idea of the immortality of a knight who is also a magician is intriguing. I enjoyed the story but felt some of the actions of the characters a bit unrealistic. I can’t imagine a psychiatrist going to the home of someone she has seen once based on curiosity and falling so quickly for a person that she considers perhaps out of touch with reality. I also found it difficult to believe that a man who has lived for over 500 years would fall so quickly for the psychiatrist and her tactics. This story included romance, immortality, magic, ghosts, a quest, and a search to become mortal – and I wondered why the two would want to be mortal. Anyway – I am thankful for the opportunity to have read this story and found it a light easy read.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
A romance with a touch of knighthood and romance. Psychiatrist Juliana meets the captivating magician Richard Blackstone when she is asked to evaluate his mental condition after a police incident. It appears he accidentally ingested a date rape drug and when the effects wear off, he is able to convince her that his sword playing and knighthood references were leftovers from childhood playtime. She agrees to release him if he promises to attend one session with her. She also agrees to attend his magic show where his illusions further convince her that this is a unique and fascinating man. Little does she know that she will soon be swept up in a wild adventure with Richard as he claims to be over 500 years old and is not immortal but possesses true magic, not sleight-of-hand tricks. As their feelings for each other deepen, will Juliana be able to deal with his delusions or are they delusions? Interesting story filled with romance, magic, and even a few ghosts. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it a really dynamic, fast-paced novel, extremely well plotted, a brilliant synthesis of romance, crime, and time-travelling paranormality. An exquisite cover introduces two beautiful people, Juliana eminently desirable to any male reader, Richard to any female.  “In case I didn’t mention it before, you looked  terrific in that red bikini.”  “Thank you, sir. You are no slouch in bathing trunks either.”  The abundant love scenes are handled with supreme delicacy and taste, always sustaining their allure and fascination. It has a great deal of realist solidity, especially strong in the description of Dwight's attack, and the San Francisco earthquake.  I have a feeling that the character of Juliana, the heroine, was based on a real-life person with depth knowIedge of psychiatry – perhaps the author herself. From what I know of that area, there are many people who have grandiose delusions which are coherent in their internal logic, and are totally convincing to their patients themselves. There are also conjuring shows where the magic appears convincing. I think your narrative is all the more convincing because the magic can sometimes falter, be fallible. This is strengthened by the incidents of the Pentacle being lost and recovered.  I like the idea of Juliana struggling against a genetic mental curse. It's great that in this novel the romantic concept of a conflict between passion and career detachment goes into the depths of the paranormal for its resolution. Juliana, especially, stretches the boundaries between professionalism and rationality. The idea of the couple revisiting Bodiam, point of Richard's 'immortal' origin several centuries back, and the themes of redemption (of his siblings) and possible retribution is very strong plotting. It is extremely touching that Evaline gives her blessing to Richard and Juliana. The theme of athanasia gives the reader much food for thought. Without it, the couple would never have met. Given that Juliana acquires it, could they not both keep it and remain 'forever young', loving each other forever. This raises a profound query about the true nature of ‘living happily ever after’. “Okay. Okay. You aren’t a mere mortal . . . With the Pentacle and the moonlight, I can still be a man of magic. But with you by my side, I couldn’t be happier.”” The idyllic ending does raise the question as to whether all the heavy stuff the characters experienced was totally in the imagination. At one level it could be described as simplistic, but that very fact forces the reader to reflect back on what led up to the resolution? Could one believe it? It is a work of the imagination David Russell