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A Tangle of Magicks (Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson)

A Tangle of Magicks (Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Burgis
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When twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson's family arrive in Bath to look for a suitor for her sister, it's not long before she realises the city is fizzing with wild magic. Stumbling on a plot to harness the magic in the Roman Baths, Kat finds that her brother is unwittingly involved. To foil the plot and save her brother, she must defy the Order of the Guardians and risk losing her new-found magical powers, forever.

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 Yorkshire with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son, and their crazy-but-sweet border collie, Maya.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YZW9YK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome 3 Mar 2014
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Extremely good book.can't wait to read the next book!
Kat is extremely arrogant in this book and I'm so glad that she finally got things sorted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 Feb 2014
By Amelia
Format:Kindle Edition
What an amazing book!
Filled with superb vocabulary and amusing happenings, this book makes the perfect combination of entertainment quality and a classic good storyline. I recommend this book for young girls 10+, and I'm sure they would thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this fantastic book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still wow 20 Aug 2013
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She's done it again enchanted me and others in her following book,which is amazing!
I liked this book series because she gets older,and she solves all this magical mysteries. It's a Book that makes your heart race and you just want to yell out to the characters.
I would recommend this book for 11 up because it's mysterious and clever with loads of adventure facts and cunning schemes,seriously Give them a go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly brilliant 2 April 2013
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i love this book and i finished it in bath as well. i love the book as you grow with the characters.recomend to 10-19. best book ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More brilliant from Kat Stephenson 4 Nov 2012
By Sophie
A Tangle of Magicks is 300 pages of fun, fabulousness and magical frolics.

I know I mentioned Kat's awesomeness briefly in my review of A Most Improper Magick, but to match her increase in awesome, I thought I'd expand it a little! Kat is the type of girl that I wish I was when I was twelve. She's strong, fiercely loyal and completely kick-ass. When it comes to her family and the people she loves, there's nothing she wouldn't do. For all of her often disastrous plans, I was glad that she has a clueless older brother to teach her questionable skills such as `fisticuffs', billiards and wrestling that are most definitely unladylike and actually very useful.

And speaking of Charles: what a completely hopeless man he is. In the Regency period, a man was judged so acutely on his conduct in society and he spent his days sleeping or gambling! And then it took something potentially dangerous for him to step up to defend his little sisters from the grubby hands of horrible men. If that wasn't enough, he then went on to get himself involved in one of the most dangerous magical plots, unwittingly of course, that he possibly could with only Kat and the Guardian's having enough power to save him. But he was kind of endearing at the same time...

There were, however, some characters in A Tangle of Magicks that were most definitely NOT endearing: Lady Fotherington and Lord Ravenscroft. My dislike of them began in A Most Improper Magick and only exploded in this instalment of the series. They're so mean! I do hate it when horrible people have so much power. Though I have to admit that there was a moment during the final showdown when Lady Fotherington showed a hint of goodness; not enough to completely redeem her, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and entertaining 1 April 2012
A Tangle of Magicks is the second book in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson. After the events taking place in the first book, Kat's family has entirely changed. Well, not exactly, her father still doesn't say much, her brother still sleeps all the time and her step-mother is as ruthless as ever. But Kat is now a Guardian, after inheriting her mother's power, Angeline is a witch and getting better at it and Elissa is getting married to the love of her life Mr Collingwood! The wedding is ready and all the guests are here when something gasp-worthy happens! Even if the marriage continues, Kat's family (minus Elissa who goes to live with Mr Collingwood) flees to Bath to one of Kat's step-mother "acquaintances". In Bath, Kat obviously can't prevent herself to stay out of trouble!

I absolutely adored A Most Improper Magick and loved this book even more! I think this is one of the most original, interesting and entertaining series out there. Kat is quite simply unique - her voice in the book is so clear that it is an absolute pleasure to read and the most extraordinary things happen to her so you're definitely in for a ride!

Angeline is full of dark thoughts and acts very recklessly in the book and I found it really touching how Kat doesn't let her do this even if Angeline is older and should know better. We get to see more of Kat's brother Charles (and a glimpse of his past) and I am starting to like him more and more. Kat's father also shows a bit more of himself and I love how family-oriented this series is. Kat would do anything for her family and has even been known to help her step-mother *gasp*!
We get to see a few more characters in this and particularly Lucy. She is roughly Kat's age and is very nice (compared to her obnoxious mother and sister).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tangled up in Magic and Mayhem 30 Sep 2011
"A Tangle of Magicks" is the middle book of a proposed trilogy starring the most unladylike Kat Stephenson, who the reader first met, age twelve, hacking off her hair and running away to be a highwayman, in "A Most Improper Magick" - the American title, "Kat, Incorrigible" sums up our heroine very well!

Some time has passed since the most improper magical events of the previous book, and "Tangle" opens with the dramatic wedding of Kat's eldest sister Elissa, previously a calming force on wild little Kat and manipulative middle sister Angeline. With Elissa out of the way, the family decamp to fashionable Regency-era bath to find a suitable suitor for the reluctant Angeline. But ancient magic stirs beneath the Roman Baths, and soon the two sisters and their affable brother Charles find themselves entangled in the thick of it.

Although the Kat stories are set in the England of Jane Austen's time, at the very core of this family is the idea of families, and how the people you love the most can be the same people who get on your nerves more than anyone, and you don't have to have any familiarity with the period to identify with that! Kat and her siblings drive each other round the twist, and this book, while missing the dynamic that the largely absent Elissa previously lent to the family unit, benefits from bringing Charles to the forefront, while his sisters war around him. But really it's all about Kat, her latent magic, her fierce love for her irritating family. In "Tangle", she pits herself against some truly malevolent villains and still managed to emerge, if not with dignity intact, then at least on top.

It will be interesting to see how the various tangled threads of magic that run through Kat's life are knit together in the final book of the trilogy. One to look forward to!
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