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Stolen Magic

(Guardians #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,017 ratings  ·  77 reviews
With richly imagined characters and compelling stories, New York Times bestselling author M. J. Putney has won dazzling praise from reviewers and readers across the country. Her spellbinding new romantic fantasy will sweep you from Waless mysterious forests to the glittering menace of Georgian Londonand into a shattering rendezvous with fate.

Heir to an ancient title, Simon
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Del Rey Books (first published 2005)
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1.5 stars only because I finished.

Returned for refund. Not worth 7.99

This has got to be one of the worst "fantasy" books I have ever read. I should have heeded all the negative reviews. As far as the "romance" aspect of it, that too was horrible.

I have never read anything from this author before, but apparently she is popular. I was not impressed by her writing, and don't plan on reading any more from her.

Since most reviewers have already summarized this tale, I will only highlight
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So bad. I'm giving two-stars because it's possible the narrator is partially to blame. The way he did the female voices really made them sound like ninnies. I listened for 30 chapters and just couldn't press on for 5 more to finish.

Our hero is transformed into a unicorn by a rival mage and escapes. Bad guy uses Meg, a simpleton with virgin blood, to bait & recapture him. So blah blah blah, they escape & she's freed from a spell that made her ugly & dumb. A drop of her blood changes
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I found the world that Mary Jo Putney created in this book to be very imaginative and unique. I loved the unicorn aspects, since I have been an avowed unicorn admirer my whole life, and the fact that the hero of this book was also a virgin was great. In this universe, the Ton are Sorcerors and Sorceresses, and that was pretty interesting. Spells are everyday, common occurence, although some don't realize that magic is being used all the time.

Simon is the biggest strength of this book. I admired
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book! This is the second book in this trilogy. Simon the Earl of Falconer is put to the test of his Guardian powers. He is the enforcer of the Guardians, if one steps out of line or goes rogue Simon is sent to enforce disastrous results if needed. When Simon suspects that Lord Drayton is up to no good and is Evil he goes to his Estate. But Lord Drayton captures his pursuer in a transformation spell. When Simon tells the panel of Jury there seems to be no evidence. Meg a young woman ...more
What an awesome book!! It has everything, magic, mage's, unicorns, bad guys, romance, love, and a man every women wants! I didn't realize this is a series until after I checked this one out, being book two in the Gaurdian books, but I was hooked from the beginning. And who doesn't like a strong accented british guy reading stories?? What a voice! A true love story wrapped up in the mystery of magic and the ever present bad guy that you know isn't going to get away with it but at the same time ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Im still not sure why the name change, but I love Mary Jo Putneys writing under any name. I devoured Stolen Magic. As usual, I fell in love with the hero (as both man and unicorn -- I seem to have a particular fondness for shapechanger characters, even though the shape changing wasnt voluntary in this case), and I always like a strong heroine. Since I always love MJPs books, its hard to say, but I think this one may become a particular favorite. The magical background works well and the building ...more
Rachel Fakhouri
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, just what I needed to read. It kept my attention the whole time and I didnt want to put it down.
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book. I enjoyed Simon the most out of all of the characters. He seemed incredibly genuine and a wonderful knight in shining armor.
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a lovely story, filled with romance and magic.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok

for all the books i've dropped left and right, --some of them historical romances that i didn't even bother to put on the "dropped" shelf-- i should be walking the walk of shame..


stolen magic is one of the few i've actually been able to read cover to cover, despite the ridiculous unicorn-virgin aspect of it and a one-dimensional villain. now, leaving those complaints aside, there were some good scenes too that kept me reading till the very end, like this one where the heroine
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, fantasy
Actually it was the cover that intrigued me about this book. I was not too happy when it proved to be about magic, even though "good" magic,. but after reading a couple of chapters i found myself enthralled by this book and wanting to read book 1, which I did after this one.
Simon Falconer, is a very powerful mage and a member of the Guardians who is charged with dealing with rogue mages, he goes after Lord Draton, who instead changes him into a unicorn. However, one of Drayton's thralls, Meggie,
Lady of the Lake
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this (audio version) was so much better than the printed. (I started this in the printed form) Simon Prebble did a fabulous he always does. His reading and his spot on ccharacter portrayal took a good story and made it so much more. That's what I think a great narrator can do...thy have a magic about them when they read. Once you e heard a great narration you can barely tolerate the average again!
I always know how really good an audio is when later...days, weeks
Kim Talley
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Great book! I was hooked right away. What a fun, magical world Putney created with a forbidden love to carry the story along. It was an easy read and I enjoyed every minute. I wish I had known this was book 2 ( I now am going to read the series).
Mar 21, 2007 rated it liked it
A "romance" with a tinge of fantasy/magic. Not too cheezy...actually, the story is pretty interesting. An entertaining, quick read!
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A twist on the traditional legend of the maiden and the unicorn.
Both main characters are under enchantment and must work together to break the spell. An excellent blend of romance and fantasy.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this series out of order, which wasn't wildly disturbing except that I was seriously tempted to pick the others up again to read them, if not in order at least with the second in mind. Looking at the expanse of my TBR mountain range I decided I'd do better to chip away at that rather than now re-read another series. (Although I did enjoy re-reading the Bride trilogy a few months ago, just before sending part of it off to a bookmoocher). At the very beginning I was a bit put off by this - ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book even though some of it is a little too wee. A Guardian of the paranormal people in Britain the Earl of Falconer is charged with hunting down rogue paranormals. But, when he tries to "arrest" Lord Drayton, he's turned into a unicorn. Drayton wants his horn so that he can call on the magic of the unicorn to get more power. Falconer escapes but is trapped again when Drayton's servants tempt him with a virgin. The virgin turns out to be a very powerful wielder of magic. Drayton has ...more
Always loved Mary Jo Putney's historical romances, but when I saw she had written a historical fantasy, I just had to have them! Read this entire series. I think the first book was one of the best, but this one was pretty great too.

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3.5 Stars. Fun read. A unicorn, a virgin, toss in a bit of treachery, what's not to love?
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re-read of an old favorite. Charming.
A little odd. Mostly skim-listened.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018read
Mages, a virgin and a Unicorn, A Warrior Maiden and a Hunter, and Gaia, what more do you need. I enjoyed this one more than A Kiss Of Fate (Guardians 1)
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series!!
Margaret Hardie
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the plot line, the fantasy genre - unicorns, fun stuff. But in the end, it was not very good. I would rate it more of 2.5 though.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
Stolen Magic (Guardians #2)by Mary Jo Putney

Heir to an ancient title, Simon Malmain, Earl of Falconer, gets caught by Lord Drayton, rogue Guardian who has misused his powers. Transformation spell can only be released by Drayton or death. Meg traps Simon, then frees him. As they flee together, Simon restores her innate magic, frees her from fear and lost identity.

My Review:
Im typically a major Paranormal Romance fan so when I spotted Stolen Magic I couldn't not pick it up when I saw the writer
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Putney was on the Romance recommendations list I read through for One Perfect Rose . Among romance novelists, I found her one of the better ones, but placed against fantasy novels, I didn't have high expectations when I saw her on a fantasy recommendation list. There was certainly nothing particularly original in the magical system or plot or the way she used the setting in Georgian England. The prose style is decent with just a tinge of purple. I did like the hero, Simon, who first meets Meg, ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I want to give it a 3.5, but not so badly that I'll round up to 4 stars. Or maybe I should. Argh!

Look, I've decided Mary Jo Putney can make me like things that I'd probably not go for were I given the summary, which is why I didn't even read the cover copy before picking this book up at the library. But somehow (hard work, research and dedication, I'm guessing) she makes these stories work for me. It's total fantasy and escapism, but I enjoyed it.

This is the kind of book that would be plastered
Lily Callahan
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Mary Jo Putney and this book was well worth reading but not her at her best. Simon Malmain, Earl of Falconer is trying to apprehend an enemy of the magical guardians when he is turned into a unicorn. He does as unicorns do and finds a virgin. She of course promptly saves him and he finds her blood can transform him back the handsome man he is. Lots of training up of mages, discussion of inventions, freeing of thralls and general running around the countryside. Solid dose of love, very ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't even.

Let me try to explain.
There's a unicorn. There's a freaking unicorn transforming, not even 10 pages into a book. Of course, there's more. There's a virgin, too. And the unicorn is horny. It's best to point out the unicorn is a virgin as well.

I'm afraid I can't continue, for my own sake.

Anyway, when you take away the paranormal part, what you get is a historical romance that's silly enough to make a fast read. Although someone should suggest Ms Putney to give up paranormal part in
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simon is a Guardian who helps police the other Guardians to keep them all honest and helpful to the world at large. Drayton is a fellow Guardian who is using his powers for his own gain and is heartlessly harming others to do it. Simon tries to stop him, is turned into a unicorn, almost killed, meets a powerful mind-slave of Drayton's named Meg, and gets away and discovers his devious plan. Supplicants are freed, people with wild magic find their true purposes and learn new skills, Meg finds her ...more
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