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

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

by Cate Rowan


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"THE SOURCE OF MAGIC is one of those rare treasures you hope will never end. A magical ride. Unforgettable characters and twists and turns that keep us turning the pages. 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

"A suspenseful storyline holds your attention as you are drawn to this magical place of wonder and intrigue." --Smexy Books

"Rowan brings the exotic, the magic and the passion.... Such a heartwarming story that will melt your heart and have you believing in love again."--The Pen and Muse Book Reviews


Visions of a mysterious and gorgeous stranger plague Jilian Stewart. She's sure they're brought on by the stress of her mother's deadly paralysis. But when the stranger appears, clasps her to his chest and yanks her from Scotland into a magical battle, she finds herself ensnared in a fantasy otherworld--trapped by treachery and family secrets and opposing the one man who can make everything right.

Prince Alvarr, her sexy abductor, offers a cure for her dying mother, but won't send Jilian home with it until she helps him destroy the evil mage threatening his people--with mystical powers she never knew she had.

The Source of Magic is an 83,000-word novel and has won multiple awards, including The Romance Reviews' Top Pick.

More books in the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series:

When a deadly epidemic strikes a sultan's realm, only a magical healer from an enemy land has the skill to save it. The sultan never imagined the healer would be a woman...

When two women beg for aid against tyranny, a sultan must sacrifice his freedom and his long-scarred heart to help them.

When a musician stumbles across a dying god, she must sacrifice her precious lute to save him...and find her heart's desire.

Contemporary tales by Cate Rowan:

A sculptress, a battery-chasing cat, and a studly fireman meet through a supernatural recipe for "Get a Husband" Brunswick stew.

A cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece's frog and discovers magic in the terrarium--in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.

Praise for the author:

"Fantastic worldbuilding." --The Romance Reviews

"A writing force to be reckoned with." --Smexy Books

"If you love magic and romance, then you will love Rowan's books." --The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499253177
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2014
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, 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. Her debut novel, KISMET'S KISS, was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist and was nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of 2010 and Best Debut of 2010 by The Romance Reviews. A prequel, THE SOURCE OF MAGIC, has been named a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews.

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
"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." 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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