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A Tangle Of Magicks (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson) Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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After her antics in A Most Improper Magick, Kat Stephenson is back to cause more chaos! Stepmama drags the family to Bath to find Kat's sister a new suitor. But, unknown to most of its gossipy visitors, Bath is full of wild magic. When Kat uncovers a plot to harness this magic in the Roman Baths, she finds her brother Charles is unwittingly involved. Kat must risk her newfound magical powers as she defies the Order of the Guardians to foil the plot and clear her brother's name
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By Aisha W.
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!
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.
But I think that one of my favourite elements of A Tangle of Magicks is its setting: Bath. As some of you may know, I go to university in Bath and it has quickly worked its way into my heart. Stephanie Burgis's evocative depiction of the city I now call my home stirred up quite a lot of emotions as I'm back where I grew up for the summer and missing Bath like a crazy person. As the Stephenson's and the Wingate's walked past the Abbey (my favourite place in the city), into the Pump Rooms or past the Roman Baths, I exploded with jealousy. I could envisage that walk so, so clearly that I had to stop reading because it made me so sad! Thankfully, I will be back in Bath next month to meet Stephanie herself and move into my new house.
I loved A Tangle of Magicks and if you haven't read this series yet; do it! You won't regret it, I promise.
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