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The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance

(Alaia Chronicles #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  67 reviews
"THE SOURCE OF MAGIC is one of those rare treasures you hope will never end. A magical ride. Unforgettable characters and twists and turns that keep us turning the pages. Forget about sleeping, because I wasn't able to put this novel down until the end, and you won't be able to either." --The Romance Reviews

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Published April 17th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book after Kismet's Kiss and I must admit that I liked it less.
Don't get me wrong it is a good book, but Kismet's Kiss was better!

Here we have a 21st Century Earth woman who's been abducted by a hot prince to another planet.

I think that's very similar to Robin Owens Song of Marwey and to the whole Summoning series.

But, even if the story is not novel one it was well done, what irked me was the hero's, Alvarr, behavior.

Alvarr is described as a young prince who will do everything to sa
Feb 22, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petra by: satan
Really? ANOTHER fantasy romance where the heroine acts as a magical power source for the hero who's a powerful mage. Of course, she not an actual mage she's just a power source for the mage who happens to be male and her love interest - it's in the title, she's the source - oh foolish me!

I've noticed some disturbing consistencies within this genre. There's ALWAYS a very unequal power dynamic between the hero and the heroine - at least a 100 year age difference, master/slave, master/apprentice, t
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

The source of magic had an interesting premise that instantly captivated my attention.
You're quickly transported into another world where almost anything is possible. I found myself picturing exactly what this world might look like.
I lost my love of the story when the characters seemed to fall in love within a few days of meeting. The speed in which things occurred felt somewhat rushed and unbelievable.
An imaginative, fast-paced science fiction/fantasy romance!

"It is said that years ago a skilled mage, perhaps the most gifted our world has known, chose the dark arts. His outlook became twisted, and the things and people touching his life became twisted as well. He knew that a mage and Source, linked by partnership, could wield much greater power than he could by himself. He also knew that if he linked with a Source, he might not be able to fully control that partnership. He thought it best,
Steph Desire
Great Fantasy for Adults

I was skeptikal at first but as I began to read, I learned to like the characters.
If you are looking romance (adult romance) with a little bit of magic and adventure- like 80% romance, 15% magic, and 5% adventure, this book is for you. Jilian has just lost her father, and with her terminal ill mother, she got pulled into a world of none sense. I could feel the author trying hard to stay truthful to reality and she did an okay job. I didn't feel the difference too much in
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNA. Boring story snd boring narrator.
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good read .
Amy Thaxton
I gave this book a 2.5 stars. I didn't really the characters and Jillian came off as a brat to me. The joking around really didnt fit the story.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept turning pages

I liked this book. I read it all in one sitting and am going to read more from this author.
Ahmed El-Sharawy
A very cheap novel, not worth my time
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Overall, this was a pretty good book. I enjoy fantasy-romance as a genre very much, and sometimes a good little standalone is a satisfying alternative to long series that tend to have more fantasy plot than romance. I think for what this is, it was a nice little read.

So let’s start out with the positives: the author is a great writer. The language was very nice and the writing nice to read. It was appropriate to the setting, but allowed us to distinguish Jil as modern when needed. The plot—thou
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit sparse.

I liked it, but I felt there could have been more story. And also the hero seemed to be being rewarded for behaviour that wasn't too far away from that of the villain. I'm never happy to see someone getting away with being angry, unreasonable and nasty.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading predominantly epic fantasy since I was quite young and I always think back and laugh about my "I will not be caught dead reading a romance book, ever!" attitude that I had back then. If it didn't have enough swords, magic, plot and character development, I was often lost quickly and would put the book down.

After a couple failed attempts at getting into romance through modern-day romance books ( magic, no swords, just drama), I had given up and quickly delved back into
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was definitely a fast moving book. The drama starts right off the first chapter. Jillian learns of her heritage a way that no one wants to do so, in the heat of battle. Prince Alvarr has traveled to Jillian's world in order to call in on an oath for the help of his people. Only the oath was between Alvarr's parents and Jillian's mother. Jillian's mother had fled from Alaia the night she made the promise. She was a source of magic and the mage's could pull more magic from them. Sources were ...more
I could not get into this book. It was too sexually focused and that did not make sense in the story. It was sappy and over the top though the story itself had potential. I just could not waste my time on it when there are so many other great books to read.
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love The Source of Magic. I love everything about it - the feisty heroine, Jillian, the to-die-for hero, Prince Alvarr, the otherworldly setting. Cate Rowan has woven an intriguing and engrossing story with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the virtual pages.

Jillian is transported to an exotic new world, like Earth, but not like Earth, filled with strange plants and animals. Despite her confusion and her fear, Jillian is strong and fights to get back to her sick mother. Jillian disco
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
This book has been on my wishlist since I bought Kismet's Kiss. I never got around to buy it, until now. I am glad I bought it.

Teganne was an intriguing contrast to Kad, and it felt very believable. From the way the castle was described to the customs and traditions they had. I also liked the magic, and the fact that the Kyrra was limited. Once you burned it out, it was gone forever.

I liked Jillian and Alvarr. Jillian's reaction to suddenly being in Teganne, and the struggle to adapt to it, and
Bev Pettersen
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This is an engrossing book. Jilian’s mother is critically ill and when a stranger transports her back in time, she is furious and cares only about returning to the hospital before her mother dies. She doesn’t believe she has special powers that can help save a kingdom and resents her handsome abductor.

However Prince Alvarr is very persuasive and when she witnesses firsthand the evil that threatens his people, she agrees to help in exchange for a rare plant that might heal her mother. However Ji
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Read on my kindle unlimited subscription.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. While it was very fast-paced, I had a few problems.

PLOT: When Jillian is whisked away to a magical realm by Prince Alvarr she discovers she has powers she never knew about and agrees to help Alvarr in exchange for a rare herb that will cure her mother.

I liked our main character, Jillian, however, I hated Alvarr. Their romance was very toxic. For example, When Alvarr finds Jillian speaking to another man he becomes e
Linda Walters
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yes, this story starts out with a Bang! Throws you right into the story, right away! Dramatic start. I really liked this story even though it threw me a bit off balance at first, Some of the odd words, names and explanation of some of the roles of the people took a little time to catch up with. But not enough to stop reading, it was different, not impossible to follow. Very good descriptions of the different things in the fantasy world without being too heavy with it. Well written, spunky rom ...more
The Pen & Muse
Rowan’s other book, The Source of Magic we have a feisty heroine, Jillian who is transported to another world. Rowan brings in the exotic, the magic and the passion in Source of Magic. In this new exotic world, she meets Prince Alvarr. Jillian finds out that she has newfound powers here, just the type that the Prince needs to save his people. Besides being in this exotic world, Jillian has not forgot about her poor mother. Together they come not only to save her mother’ life with a rare plant, b ...more
heather ♥
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr-uf
I'd say this's maybe a 2.5ish. I found both characters to be a little bit childish at times, and their "love" wasnt terribly believable. At least not for me. It was just too much of a 180 from where they started out at, and Jilian irritated me quite a bit with her selfishness. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't anything memorable either. The world Jilian landed in had promise though, but it'd have been nice to learn more about it, it'd have enriched the story a lot while giving time for the roman ...more
Dana Wood
I wanted to like this book. I felt Jillian needed to have some suspicion that her mother had a past. That she wasn't just a normal girl who grew up in America with Scottish roots. She needed more depth of character. Her and the prince fell in love way too fast. Pretty good adventures but the boring descriptives dragged on too long and the climactic action scenes ended much too abruptly. Nenth was pretty awesome. That's a true heroine. She had depth and intrigue and she was barely a second though ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jillian is taken by Prince Alvarr, he believes she is a Source and can amplify his magic to defeat his enemy. Jillian soon discovers that she has more ties to this alternate dimension than she thought and her mother apparently had some secrets.

This was a quick and fun read. I liked the story and most of the characters, the insta love in this was a little much for me to buy into especially since there was no supernatural tie and they weren't very young. I think with a little fine tuning I could
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of this author's work as a teenager and while I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular. This was drivel. Absolute. I felt nothing at all. Maybe boredom. Mostly apathy. I didn't care about the characters story line or plot. It's like the author expelled all of their talent and now they're struggling to recapture their prime. I can't even say it was formulaic as even books that stick to a certain script can be entertaining. The sum of the entire experience was a long exhaled 'urrrrr ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I enjoyed the alternate dimension concept greatly and how the world was built. I did have a bit of a hard time understanding her willingness to run away (well go home and not come back to help anyway). I mean I get her need to heal her mother, but seriously she would disregard a whole population as 'not my problem'? I did find the ending a bit anticlimactic since this man seemed to be a bad ass mage for years. Even with those two things I found it an enjoyable read. Thank you.
If you are looking for light fantasy and quick read this is your ticket. I had this on my Oyster to read list for sometime and decided it was time to "pick it up". The world building was decent and the story progression up was paced nicely. My issues arrived toward the end of the story as the conclusion wasn't as thought out as the rest of story. Bing. Bang. Boom. Forget about it...comes to mind. I will more than likely read more from Cate Rowan to see where else she takes her world and characte ...more
This novel has an interesting premise and I liked how it started, but then it degraded into a boring journey with a sappy romance. Jilian, who I liked at first, turned into a sappy heroine who only thought of her love interest and I just couldn't stand it. There was also the famous "relationship misunderstanding" that pops up in a lot of novels these days. He thinks she betrayed him and no communication happens causing a lot of unnecessary heartache and drama. I tried to continue reading but I j ...more
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USA Today bestseller Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo san Lucas, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Her debut novel, Kismet's Kiss, was a two-time Romance Writers of Ame ...more

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“This it a different planet? Where are we, compared to my home?" Not that an explanation of astral geography would help much. She should have paid more attention in astronomy class.
"Yes, this is a separate world -- Alaia. Alaia and your world are... very close, in one sense."
He looked away as if organizing his thoughts. "One could say we share the same sun."
"That's impossible. We know all the planets around our sun. There's no other one that has life, or temperatures like Earth's. Besides, if our years match in length like Varene said, we'd be on the same orbit."
"In a sense, we are Earth."
"What?" She shook her head. "Start over, please."
"Perhaps you'd call it a different dimension, or an alternate plane. Our worlds share the sun but we don't exist at the same time. We are each other's shadow. While on your world, you can't see ours. And on ours, we can't see yours. Our Old Letters hint of your world, though cryptically.”
“He’d make a great Chippendales dancer—if he weren’t already a prince. And a wizard, to boot.” 1 likes
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