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Enchanting the Lady

Enchanting the Lady, January 2008
Relics of Merlin #1
by Kathryne Kennedy

Love Spell
Featuring: Felicity Seymour; Terence Blackwell
352 pages
ISBN: 0505527502
EAN: 9780505527509
Mass Market Paperback
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"In a world where magic determines status, what will happen to a young woman with no ability?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Enchanting the Lady
Kathryne Kennedy

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted February 11, 2008

Romance Historical | Romance Paranormal

Felicity Seymour is the daughter of a Duchess. She lives in a world where the ability to perform magic and the complexity of the spells determine the status of the family. On the day, she is to test to see whether she will keep the home she has occupied since the death of her parents, she meets Sir Terence Blackwell. When Felicity fails her test and loses the family lands, the only thing that keeps her going is the thought that there must be someone who would be willing to wed her.

Felicity's uncle tells her that without a dowry, no one will be interested but he and her aunt will be happy to keep her around.

Felicity's life since the death of her parents has been a miserable existence. Her cousin tortures her with illusions which cause her great fear. She has not been able to develop her magic and everyone around her ignores her. It's as if she is invisible. When her last hope is quashed, she turns to Sir Terence for reassurance.

Sir Terence is a shape shifter. His kind are shunned by society but they are favorites of Pince Albert since they are immune to the effects of magic. Bertie keeps Terence around to protect him and to hunt the relics of Merlin. The relics of Merlin are objects of great power which could be used to control the royal family. Since there are no records of what they are, it makes the task of hunting them challenging and dangerous.

Terence's older brother was killed by a woman who controlled a relic and he has made it his mission in life to track down the relics and prevent them from being used. When he meets Felicity, he senses the use of a relic. He is also amazed that so many people ignore her or don't seem to notice her presence.

His plan is to use her to find the relic but the plan goes awry when he falls in love with Felicity.

Terence and Felicity will have to battle a great evil as they seek to discover who has placed the spell on her. He will discover that his family and Felicity mean more to him than the revenge he seeks against the relics. Felicity will discover that love can open a new world to her and show her that she has a value beyond that of her magic.

A higly imaginative look at Victorian London with an emphasis on magic, this story was much more enjoyable than I first thought. At first Felicity's innocence had me thinking that she might be boring. That notion was soon erased from my mind as I dicovered that there was an enchanting young woman there who just needed someone to believe in her and help her develop a sense of self worth. Terence is a strong man who recognizes that his life has been twisted by his desire to avenge his brother's death. Felicity provides the balance he needs to live a happy life.

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SUMMARY

In a world where magic ruled everything, Felicity Seymour couldn’t perform even the simplest spell. If she didn’t pass her testing, she’d lose her duchy—and any hope of marriage. But one man didn’t seem to mind her lack of dowry: a darkly delicious baronet who had managed to scare away the rest of London’s Society misses.

Sir Terence Blackwell knew the enchanting woman before him wasn’t entirely without magic. Not only could she completely disarm him with her gorgeous lavender eyes and frank candor, but his were-lion senses could smell a dark power on her—the same kind of relic-magic that had killed his brother. Was she using it herself, or was it being used against her?

One needed a husband, and the other needed answers. But only together could they find the strongest magic of all: true love.


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