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Prince of Magic

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Disgracing her minister father by dancing barefoot in the moonlit forest, Elizabeth Penshurst is banished to her distant relatives in the wilds of Yorkshire. When she meets Gabriel Durham, who was expelled from the priesthood and shunned by his family, the spirited Elizabeth is intrigued by his brilliance and the mystery that surrounds him. She has no idea that her attract...more
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Zebra
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Sheila Melo
Hero Is More Heroic Than Most Stuart Heroes

Anne Stuart is the queen of heroes that make a reader question whether he is the hero or villain of the piece. Prince of Magic is a historical where the hero is somewhat dark but so obviously cares about his sister and friend that a reader quickly knows that he can be relied upon.

THE STORY: Elizabeth Penshurst has been sent from her family because she was caught dancing in the woods in her shift. Elizabeth is attracted to the woods and its creatures. Sh...more
Ms Stuart is a very good writer. I like the way she tells a story where people are sometimes not what they appear. This one was no exception. You have a woman named Elizabeth Penshurst who likes to be naughty (not like her boring other sister) and wants to be herself. She feels disconnected with her family who expects her to marry a fat, old, disgusting man her father approves of. But Lizzy goes one last time to her favorite spot in the woods and dances barefooted where she is caught by her prea...more
Jill Dunlop
Elizabeth Penshurst has never fit in with her family. The only person who seems to understand her Fae nature is an old woman whom rumors claim is a witch. As hard as Lizzie tries to follow convention, it still manages to elude her. Finally she goes to far and is caught dancing in the woods in nothing but her shift and bare feet. Her father, in a last ditch effort, ships her off to Hernewood, Yorkshire where some of her distant relatives live. There, she is supposed to learn how to behave like a...more
Asrai Devin
I first read this book at my very Catholic Grandmother's house during Christmas Holidays. Which is odd because the book has a strong pagan feeling underlying it. Both the main characters Gabrial and Lizzie are called to the woods.

Anyway, Lizzie is a preacher's daughter, now 24ish, past marrying age. One of her would be suitor's, in an attempt to pressure her into marriage, arranges for her capture while she dances at midnight in the woods. Her father sends her off to one of her mother's distance...more
Vintage Anne Stuart, like some unique spice which you can fin nowhere else - druids, defrocked monks, bad bad bad ( but good!) heroes, ghosts and ruined abbeys, a truly moving secondary romantic plot. But, with such a promising start, it did not quite live up to my expectations. She wrote better.

The ending is particularly confusing, both the plot and the character´s emotions. Harder to explain, I thought there were too much of the too evil villains - perhaps evil like magic is scarier being hint...more
The story started off very strong but ended somewhat weak. I was expecting a little bit more villainy from the villains. Gabriel and Lizzie really were a good match, the characters complimented each other well. The development of Gabriel's character and a secondary love story took a bit too much time and the story seemed rushed at the end.
Another favorite, I loved it.
Christine Strowbridge
What can I say? It was a typical Anne Stuart book. Of course I LOOOOOVE Anne Stuart. This book was cute, and I kind of saw where she got her idea for her House of Rohan books. The story was good, the ending was "eh" and epilogue was cute.

a really good book has romance and fantsy in it
Not one of Anne Stuart's best but readable.
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