When a gorgeous man clasps Jilian Stewart to his chest and yanks her from Scotland into a magical battle, she thinks it must be another of her bizarre dreams. Plagued by unnerving visions of this man, she's sure they're brought on by the stress of her mother's deadly paralysis. Instead, Jilian finds herself ensnared in a world of fantasy, treachery, and family secrets, 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.
©2011 Cate Rowan (P)2013 Cate Rowan
Ever read a book from the Fantasy/Romance genre that has terrific world building, loads of great fantasy, and barely any romance? Or similarly, a Fantasy/Romance that oozes romance from every page but the fantasy element is more a fantasy setting rather than real fantasy world building? Well, in The Source of Magic, you get both in equal measure, and the result is, well, magical.
Jillian is whisked through a magical portal to another land full of magic and danger by Prince Alvarr. Prince Alvarr is actually looking for her mother, who is a "source" for his magic. A source is a person who can feed power into a mage, replenishing or strengthening the mages power supplies (called kira), but cannot perform mage magic. Alvarr needs her help to fight a enemy who is threatening his kingdom. She needs him to help her find a plant that will hopefully heal her mother, and send her back in time before her mother dies.
I won't say more, because this book is full of twists and turns and surprises, and I don't want to give anything away. But if you are looking for a great magical fantasy romance, look no further. It's very well written. Cate Rowan has a way of making words flow naturally on the "page" and the fantasy elements and world building are done very well. The story is exciting, so much so that towards the end, I had to turn my ipod off a few minutes, calm down, and remind myself that it's just a book.
Ariana Westfield did a pretty good job with the narration. There were, however, a very few places where you could hear her draw breath, pause and regroup. Perhaps that's more the audio producers fault, since the errors were so few that they could have been corrected fairly easily with good production editing. Overall, however, Ariana Westfield had a lovely voice, just right for reading this type of material, and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another book where she's the narrator.
Sadly, this book was no where near as good as I'd hoped. The characters were two-dimensional and unoriginal. The plot seemed rushed and predictable. Would not recommend it.
So the story was ok. There was the tension between the two lovers and the internal struggle of the protagonist. But the reader was so bad that I just couldn't enjoy the story and had to stop half way through. People, don't get your relatives to narrate your stories for you! I know it may save you some money but they are not good. Really, they suck, no matter what your other friends say.
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Nice story, clean storyline, some good characters. needed more development of the villian, background, reasoning, etc.
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