Sunday, July 3, 2011
by Stephanie Burgis
The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, book one
Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiance, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love? (description from Amazon.com)
I love the storyline of this book. Kat discovers that she has inherited her mother's magic. Not just the "hedgewitch" magic that her sister, Angeline, embraces, but also the stronger - once in a generation - Guardian magic. It was interesting to see how the different magics played off one another and to see Kat embrace her new talents.
Kat and her sisters, Angeline, the one who secretly practices magic, and Elissa, whose notion of propriety won't even allow her to discuss magic, have such a great and realistic relationship. They bicker, they challenge one another, but they also stand together against all threats. As they each find their place, I cannot wait to see how they find one another in the next book, Renegade Magic.
In fact, I thoroughly look forward to seeing Kat do more magic, learn about the other mysterious Guardians, and begin to move in society in the next book! I'm hoping it will take place in London, but with the great Golden Hall as a meeting place for Guardians, Kat could be stuck out in the country still. We'll have to wait and see...
Kat is a spunky heroine that I cannot wait to see more of ASAP.
How can you not love a story that ends with...
"I was twelve years of age when I cut my hair short, became a highwayman, and captured husbands for both of my sisters."
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