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A Reckless Magick (Unladylike Adventures Kat Step) [Paperback]

Stephanie Burgis
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1 Oct 2012 Unladylike Adventures Kat Step
Kat's back for her third adventure, and as per usual, social disaster is following in her wake - When the Stephenson family travel to a grand country house on the Devon coast for Kat's sister Angeline's wedding, Kat is stalked by a dangerous magical enemy and finds everything she thought she knew about her late mother called into question. With smugglers, sabotage, tangled romance and plenty of magic activity at work, it's the job of Regency England's feistiest twelve year old to protect herself and her family from impending ruin.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848774850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848774858
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Burgis fell hopelessly in love with both Middle Earth and Regency England by the time she was eight years old, and has never stopped being a fan of both fantasy fiction and Regency romantic comedies. At various points in her life, she has lived in the United States, Austria, and England, and has been paid to play in orchestras, study music history in Vienna, and edit the website of an opera company in Leeds. She currently lives in Wales with her husband (fellow writer Patrick Samphire), their young son (known as "Mr Darcy"), and their crazy-sweet border collie, Maya.

Stephanie has published nearly thirty short stories for adults in various magazines and anthologies, but A Most Improper Magick (Book One in The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson) is her first published novel. Aimed at ten- to fifteen-year-olds, it combines everything she loves most: highwaymen, Regency-era romantic comedy, a strong, snarky heroine, and, of course, magical adventure!

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About the Author

Stephanie Burgis decided to be a writer when she was seven and sold her first short story when she was fifteen. She fell in love with Regency England when she discovered the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Now she writes full-time and lives in Wales with her husband, their toddler son and their crazy-but-sweet border collie, Maya.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end! 20 Jan 2013
The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it's the end of the series, and I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters. While Burgis leaves plenty of story threads that could be picked up again in future books, this book has a satisfying end that resolves the main conflict in Kat's life, specifically, who her mother was and what kind of scandalous magicks did she practice?

The story opens with Kat and family arriving for Angeline's wedding, and her betrothed's family hasn't exactly welcomed her into the fold. She's too poor, both in terms of money and social connections, and her future mother-in-law is not about to hand over the keys to the castle. Meanwhile, one of the other wedding guests is a woman who knows Kat's father very well, which is odd, because Kat's never heard a single thing about her. Yet a little bit of spying soon reveals that this woman practices magick, and not the proper, Guardian kind.

And Kat would love to ponder this further, only someone keeps trying to take Angeline's life, really, that's quite distracting for our heroine. Who, though, is at fault? The reluctant soon to be in-laws? The mysterious witch wedding guest? The jealous cousin who'd once hoped to wed Angeline's fiancee? Only Kat knows enough about magick and mayhem to get to the bottom of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Unladylike and Adventurous than ever.... 10 Oct 2012
"There was nothing in the world quite so improper as magic. That was one of the reasons I loved it so much."

That tells you everything you need to know to fall in love with thirteen-year-old Kat Stephenson, witch, Guardian, would-be highwayman, constant thorn in the side of her family, and Saviour of England from the dastardly French. When we first met Kat she had hacked off her hair and was running away to be a highwayman, and A Reckless Magick opens, naturally, with her shinning out of a first-floor window on a magical mission.

Kat and her noisy, lovable, infuriating family are on their way to Devon for her sister Angeline's wedding at a sprawling Devonshire estate, when Kat uncovers a plot that threatens not only her country, but her life, and the lives of those closest to her. Can she untangle the threads of magic, sort out her brother's love life, track down her mysterious stalker, and make sure the wedding goes ahead? Never count Kat out....

A Reckless Magick is darker and more mature in tone than the two previous books of the trilogy, reflecting Kat's coming-of-age, as she struggles with the prospect of being parted from her sisters and learns more about her late mother. There's even a whiff of romance for our little firecracker, and more than a whiff for her brother Charles, who finally strides out from beneath the shadow of his sisters to become his own man.

But it's all Kat's book. There will rarely be a heroine you root harder for than messy, tempestuous Kat, and even though the trilogy is over the ending hints that they may be a few more unladylike adventures to come. Let's hope so...
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4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves these books! 11 May 2014
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Keeps her quiet for a few hours and provokes some interesting discussion with me and her sister.

Nice, inoffensive material but quirky enough to retain her attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 17 April 2014
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Can't wait for more Kat! Iam glad for her sister angiline and older brother Charles.love the idea of lord ravenscrofts son.
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