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Prince of Magic

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Bewitched by Desire

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
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Zebra
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Duchess Nicole
Two romances in one here! And boy, did Anne Stuart get creative with this one. Evil wannabe druids out to sacrifice virgins in the name of a religion they don't even believe in, an innocent young woman at peace with herself and at one with nature thrown to the wolves, a "dark man" whose reclusive ways paint him wrongfully, and an extra romance about love between the upper and lower classes stuffs this AS novel full to bursting. It's all unique, and she makes it all fit together wonderfully. A st ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a little uncertain about this book. It is kind of an odd read, with a very Anne Stuart hero, and a secondary romance that is a lot more interesting than the main one.

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
Bizarre. Everyone seems well aware of the villains’ plot yet do nothing to avoid danger. I wish this book focused more on character development rather than this ridiculous human sacrifice plot-line. Perhaps this was meant to be campy and I missed the point?
Sheila Melo
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Asrai Devin
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Christine Strowbridge
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
a really good book has romance and fantsy in it
Jan 03, 2015 added it
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It had its moments. nothing to get excited about.
ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]
Wanted to give it 3.5 stars but don't know. I thought it'd be an interesting read... which it sadly was not. I didn't connect with the heroine at all (from the beginning TBH) though I tried. She was the typical immature and rash heroines who 'grace' Anne Stuart's novels now and then. Sometimes I like them, other times I just wish them gone. This one was neither here nor there. Didn't care for her at all. The hero was your typical a-hole rakish Anne Stuart hero who thought he's beyond redemption. ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, but sometimes the characters did things that felt silly and unreasonable. Worth a read once to pass an afternoon, but it's not going to be a reread for me. ...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 s

Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Delightfully over the top Gothic characters, fun 18th century Gothic setting. The atmosphere was more Gothic-camp than Gothic-creepy -- I'm generally fine with either approach, but for Gothic-camp I prefer a little faster pace than what we got here.

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
Evelyn Fox
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prince-of-magic
Anne Stuart's books always a have a dark element to them and "The Prince of Magic" is no exception.
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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

Two Outcasts..

This book has just about everything, Druids, Cults, and a bit of Romance.

The female lead, Lizzie is a free spirit and Gabriel, the male lead is mysterious, I though

that they were well matched

There were a few twists and turns and the story line was well written with likable

developed characters.

Overall, a Good Suspenseful Romantic Read.

Christine Rogerson did well with the narration

"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an
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Christina Joyner
Prince of Magic

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'
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book back in 2000. I miss running to the library to read this!
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm not quite sure what it was about this book that made it not work for me. This should have been very much my sort of fluff, but it just didn't land right. ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another favorite, I loved it.
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

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

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