The Magic Knot is a fantastic debut novel for any fans of paranormal romance, and makes a refreshing change from the vampires and werewolves that tend to populate this genre. There's a multitude of piskies and leprechauns and other fairy folk in this book with some interesting mythology, and the romance is very nicely written too. The story is set primarily in Cornwall, and the Celtic roots are obvious throughout. A well-deserving winner of the American Title IV contest, this is well worth a read.
Rosenwyn Tremain is a London accountant, sent to Cornwall to investigate the financial situation of a public house in the middle of nowhere. She also has a mission of her own though, and is determined to find the father she's dreamt of her whole life. But Niall O'Connor, half leprechaun and brother of the pub's landlord, seems to know more than he's letting on - not to mention the beads he owns that seem rather similar to the set she wears around her neck.
Rose's character is strongly defined and shines through in this book as she faces truths she could never have imagined. Her physical attraction to Michael, the landlord, is undeniable, but it's Niall that she's drawn to, and their chemistry goes far beyond their looks. The cast is varied and impressive, but for me the one that shone out was Jacca the Nightstalker, a dark winged fairy whose morality struggle is touching throughout the book. He also reminded me rather vividly of Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood and Doctor Who - which, for me at least, is no bad thing.
The plot moves quickly but smoothly, taking the characters from Cornwall to Ireland and showing a cast of numerous fairy folk along the way. Niall's determination to protect his sister at all costs and Rose's desire to find the truth about her parents are key, but their attraction to each other and the complications caused by that make the story even more bewitching.