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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale. Roderica Delamore kinszle a “gift. But one man’s mind is inexplicably closed to her: They call Faelan Savigar “the Devil Earl”—a handsome, impoverished lord damned by dark rumor and whispered innuendo.
But the secrets Faelan hides within are what stir Roderica’s desire—and her need to experience the intoxicating ecstasy of his kiss. But be he liar, swindler, laurs worse, Roderica knows she can have no other—and she will trust this enigmatic stranger with her life Paperbackpages. Published March 2nd magix Avon first published Faelan SavigarRoderica Delamore. EnglandIreland. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. I wanted to quote the entire book, it was so beautifully, passionately written.
The only reason it didn’t get five solid stars was because sometimes the angst was so intense and so unpleasant that reading actually became a chore, especially since the hero’s Broody McBrooderson attitude laaura a total from his character in the first half of the book. But the slightly-too-long length and inconsistent characterization were just minor qualms I could afford to nitpick about because I loved the book so much.
Sometimes I’ll unceetain a book by an author whose later works I like and I’ll be totally shocked by how different read: Especially as a backlist title.
He’s dark, brooding, dangerous Roddy is gifted or cursed, depending on how you look at it with the ability of empathy: The only person she’s ever met who she can’t read is Laua.
They end up getting married out of convenience, and the sex scenes are numerous and steamy. But Kkinsale has secrets. Even if he’s not mad, it’s clear that he has involvement in the Irish rebellion, and won’t balk at violence when it comes from dealing with the people who get in his way. His home in Iveragh is Gothic and appropriately spooky, and I loved the atmosphere of the Irish countryside.
There weren’t a lot of paranormal romances back in the day – I don’t feel like the genre really took off until the lates, with the advent of things like Buffy the Vampire SlayerInterview with the Vampire the movieand the Anita Blake series. Until that point, I feel like paranormal creatures were viewed more from a horror lens than a romantic lens, although there would still be crossover occasionally with things like Fright Night.
Book Review: Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale
I like the way Kinsale incorporated the mahic element into this book. There’s a Tam Lin -twist towards the end, and I thought larua reason that Roddy could never read Faelan’s mind which is never explicitly stated, only implied was very, very clever.
If they had just sat down and talked for kinsae minutes tops, none of the last-minute gotchas of the last act would have even been an issue. I really don’t like Big Misunderstandings. Thanks to Minerva for BR-ing this with me. I can’t wait to pick up the rest of this author’s works!
View all 24 comments. I listened to Uncertain Magic via Audible Audio and loved it! Nicholas Boulton is the voice behind all of Ms. Kinsale’s stories and is brilliant as he brings those stories to life. His rich, deep voice and emotive reading has made him my favorite lara narrator, hands down. Kjnsale with Laura Kinsale’s unique, exciting plots and compelling characters Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except f I listened to Uncertain Magic via Audible Audio and loved it!
Roderica Delamore is an heiress and should be a prize catch—except for an embarrassing and magical secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her and has never been able to trust anyone as a result.
He is also impoverished, damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows he could be a liar, a swindler or worse but his secrets stir her and Roderica is prepared to entrust her life—and her heart—to an enchanting stranger.
They yncertain are brilliant works. My favorite is Flowers from the Storma deeply poignant and moving uncsrtain I’ve listened to again and again. View all 7 comments. One of the many things I have come to admire very much about Ms Kinsale as a writer is her willingness to take risks in her books. Her books are never dull, and I would take a duff Kinsale if there is such a thing over many unertain the sub-standard historical romances being published at the moment.
As she has grown older, she has become used to the way that family and friends withdraw from her, afraid of her ability to know their innermost thoughts. When Roddy meets a man whose mind is closed to her, she realises this is her once chance to marry and have the family she craves. To his amazement, Roddy refuses to be deterred.
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But before they do so, Roddy makes some uncomfortable discoveries about her husband. Then Roddy discovers something even worse — that he has seduced and ruined a young woman with promises of marriage.
Faelan wants only to restore his home and lands to profitability, and introduces many measures to improve the lot of his tenants. But his dearest and oldest friend, Geoffrey who has known Roddy since she was younger, and with whom she had been youthfully infatuated has become involved in smuggling arms to the rebels, and while Faelan has made his position clear — he wants nothing to do with it – Geoffrey nonetheless manages to drag him into the thick of things, which leads to an explosive and tragic series of events.
The plot is satisfyingly complex and the historical background is very well researched indeed. What drew me in however, was the central relationship the two strongly written protagonists. He’s believed to have killed his father, and because he has gaps in his memory, he has no idea whether he is responsible for that, or any of the other dark deeds laid at his door. The relationship between Roddy and Faelan is really well developed. When it comes to audiobook narrators, he is, quite simply, in a class of his own.
On a basic level, his characterisations are well differentiated, the narrative is well-paced and very subtly nunanced and he is an absolute joy to listen to. In this audiobook in particular, he gets to show off his ability to perform a wide variety of regional Irish accents, ranging from Faelan, whose accent is barely noticeable, to the thicker accents of the estate workers.
But Mr Boulton is far more than a technically accomplished vocal actor. View all 12 comments.
Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale
Oct 19, Karla rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I’m not partial to stories set in Ireland or Wales anyway for some reason, I find them dullbut I’m not so sure that had this story been removed to another location, I would have disliked it any less.
First of all, the mind-reading of the heroine was the author’s very lazy way for Roderica to know so much about so many characters without having to do any characterization.
The phrases “her gift” and “her talent” were deployed way too often. Most of the supporting characters are presented in ne I’m not partial to stories set in Ireland or Wales anyway for some reason, I find them dullbut I’m not so sure that had this story been removed to another location, I would have disliked it any less. Most of the supporting characters are presented in neat little encapsulations by the heroine.
She knows all about them without any need for interaction, so they’re summed up pithily in her mind and don’t become real or interesting people.
Secondly, the hero was too broody and emo. I guess some readers love that, and they’re welcome to it, but after a certain point I started to roll my eyes at all the ominous dwama that dripped off every single word and insinuating tone.
Faelan thinks he’s mad and a murderer, and if you like to read a guy beat himself up with endless doubts while talking sexy danger to a bland heroine, have at it. laurs
It’s not my cuppa, though. There’s barely any plot. The whole story hinges upon sexual tension, and I thought that got pretty dull real fast. I don’t know uncertaij I was long past caring at that point. After pages of nothing and then the last 50 is bam bam bam with stuff, it brought an already mediocre book even lower.
And confusing as well view spoiler [since the concept of Roderica “losing time” like Faelan does isn’t explained, unless she was drugged as well hide spoiler ]. This one will stick with me for a long time, I’m sure, and not in a good way. View all 8 comments. May 20, Catherine rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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I am having a really hard time verbalizing my response to this book. My first instinct is just to say that the word “What??? I bought this book because it was a Laura Kinsale. I liked all those! Some I even loved.
I was expecting something along those lines, not this. Now I am having a really hard time verbalizing my response to this book.