Bestselling author M.J. Putney's spellbinding new romantic fantasy will sweep you from Wales's mysterious forests to the glittering menace of Georgian London–and into a shattering rendezvous with fate.
Heir to an ancient title, Simon Malmain, the Earl of Falconer, is well known among the Guardians, humans with magical powers derived from nature. Well known, but not always well loved . . . for those who enforce the law are rarely embraced by those whom they protect–and this is equally true whether the law is magical or mundane.
A routine mission to confront a rogue Guardian who has misused his powers turns disastrous when Simon's quarry, Lord Drayton, captures his pursuer in a transformation spell that can only be released by Drayton–or death. Aid arrives in the form of Meg, a fey young woman who first traps Simon, then frees him.
As they flee together, Simon recognizes that Meg is also a victim of Drayton's evil enchantments, and he restores her nature and innate magic. Though her memory is still clouded, she is freed at last from a shadowy world of fear and lost identity. She agrees to help Simon bring down Drayton.
The need for each other's magic binds them together–and releases the more ancient magic of passion. But desire cannot be satisfied until the rogue mage is stopped. For Drayton has a diabolical plan that will profoundly alter the course of Britain's future. Even the combined power of Simon and Meg may not be enough to stave off catastrophe. Only a desperate act of love may win back the future–or destroy all they hold dear.
Praise for Stolen Magic:
"A wondrously original tale... this is a haunting evening's read."
"Spellbinding... Putney's skill as a historical romance novelist serves her well."
"Blends romantic suspense with fantasy to produce a graceful tale of magical intrigue and the power of love to overcome evil. Set in the eighteenth century, this meticulously researched and emotionally convincing story launches a promising new series and should appeal to fans of both fantasy and romance."
The Guardian Trilogy:
A Kiss of Fate, #1
Stolen Magic, #2
A Distant Magic, #3
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo (M.J.) Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, historical romantic fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal's and Booklist's top romances of the year.