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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848774850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848774858
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but fell in love with Regency England when she discovered the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Her book A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK won the Waverton Good Read Children's Award. It was also chosen by Booktrust for its 2012 Bookbuzz book-gifting scheme for Year 7 students across the UK. In addition, it was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and for the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Stephanie decided to be a writer when she was seven and sold her first short story when she was fifteen. She lives with her husband - fellow writer Patrick Samphire - their son, and their dog in Wales. Visit her at www.stephanieburgis.com or on Twitter: @stephanieburgis.


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"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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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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I adore this book, in fact I love the whole series!
This book is a must read for Girls of all ages.
This book is also Published as "Stolen Magic" in the "Kat, Incorrigable" Series.
Happy Reading!!!
Lots of Love Amy xxx
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Third in the serie and showing no sign of flagging. In fact it is perfect; the characters continue to develop, the plot was very suspenful and the customs of the time brilliantly described. Hope it is not the last 1 as a reviewer said.
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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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