Prince of Magic
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 id ...more
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I have read about how Anne Stuart can create dark heroes. I tend to agree with that observation. This book further cemented that idea. Gabriel is a dark hero, he is not just brooding or secretly craving love, he is unrepentantly dark and he does his dark wicked deeds with a paranormal flair too. He is my favorite character in ...more
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
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
It is a story about a young woman by the name of Elizabeth, whose father is very straitlaced and does not approve of her dancing barefoot in the woods of Yorkshire. He sends her to family members who will not put up with her love of freedom. Except for Gabriel Durham, who was expelled from the priesthood and shunned by his family. Upon meeting "Lizzie", he feels a kinship with her and he
tries to pr ...more
I enjoyed the secondary romance (Jane and Peter) a bit more than the primary, mainly because Gabriel's hot-cold reaction to Lizzie didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Also, and I'm not sure if this is because of pacing or because Gabriel kind of ...more
I did not enjoy this book and was somewhat disappointed. I thought the book could have really played up more on the mysteries and eeriness of the forest. I found a lot of silliness through the book. I will say the love scene in the end of the book between Gabriel and lizzy was hot. I wish the book had more of that kind of chemistry than just at the end. I did finish the book and am glad I did since the last quarter was better. I don't recommend this book. This is the first time I' ...more
"If I have to spend any more time trapped with you, I'm going to jump out the window," she said in a deceptively calm voice.
"You wouldn't fit."
When we're finished…" he paused, looking down at her, his voice raw. "Hell, I don't think we'll ever be finished."
Anne Stuart one of the best author in romance genre. I love her books, especially her historical romance books. So I loved Prince of magic tremendously. In my opinion it's one of her best books.
The plot was wonderful, mysterious. The setti...more
The ending is particularly confusing, both the plot and the characters emotions. Harder to explain, I thought there were too much of the too evil villains - perhaps evil like magic is scarier being hinte ...more
Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus ...more