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Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis
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Apr 08, 12

bookshelves: arc-s, favorites, 100-in-2012
Read in January, 2012

What can I say about how much I love this series? It’s magically delicious! RENEGADE MAGIC is book 2, following KAT, INCORRIGIBLE, which will be out in paperback in April. It’s Jane Austen for the Harry Potter crowd. Kat is the youngest of three girls. Her father is an absent-minded vicar and her stepmother is a horror. She’s not evil, she just desperately wants the family to be respectable and fine. Kat is not respectable. Her mother, you see, was a witch and the witchcraft has passed to her daughters. Kat however, has gotten a little more than her sisters. Their mother wasn’t just a witch. She was actually a Guardian, one of the people entrusted with special powers to defend the realm against the misuse of magic. Kat has inherited her powers, her responsibilities, and her enemies.

Kat’s oldest sister, Elissa, is terribly respectable. She would never dream of doing anything so outre as using magic. The middle sister, Angeline, is a little too interested in magic. In fact, in book 1 she accidentally ensnared a suitor using magic. Now his mama has burst into Elissa’s wedding shouting accusations and casting aspersions on the entire family. With Elissa gone on her honeymoon, Kat and Angeline are left to deal with Stepmama alone. She decides that the only thing to be done is to take the girls to Bath and try to get Angeline safely married off to someone who doesn’t know about the magical skeleton in the family closet.

Kat soon finds herself in a difficult position. Her brother is dodging in and out of the house, obviously up to no good. Her sister is taunting the most notorious rake in Bath in an attempt to drive Stepmama into apoplexy. The entire family is staying with relations who may be under the misapprehension that Lady Fotherington, Kat’s greatest opponent, is actually, her godmother. To make things worse, Lady Fotherington has had Kat banished from the hall of the Guardians. Kat is on probation, one step out of line and her powers will be bound. But there is more going on in Bath than family troubles. Someone is using the ancient Roman baths to draw power and Kat’s idiotic older brother is caught up in it. Soon, so is her hostess’s youngest daughter. And Kat’s Guardian mentor won’t believe a word she says about Lady Fotherington, the buildup of wild magics in Bath, or the danger to her family. Once again, it looks like the incorrigible Kat will have to save the day on her own.
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