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Ever read a book from the Fantasy/Romance genre that has terrific world building, loads of great fantasy, and barely any romance? Or similarly, a Fantasy/Romance that oozes romance from every page but the fantasy element is more a fantasy setting rather than real fantasy world building? Well, in The Source of Magic, you get both in equal measure, and the result is, well, magical.
Jillian is whisked through a magical portal to another land full of magic and danger by Prince Alvarr. Prince Alvarr is actually looking for her mother, who is a "source" for his magic. A source is a person who can feed power into a mage, replenishing or strengthening the mages power supplies (called kira), but cannot perform mage magic. Alvarr needs her help to fight a enemy who is threatening his kingdom. She needs him to help her find a plant that will hopefully heal her mother, and send her back in time before her mother dies.
I won't say more, because this book is full of twists and turns and surprises, and I don't want to give anything away. But if you are looking for a great magical fantasy romance, look no further. It's very well written. Cate Rowan has a way of making words flow naturally on the "page" and the fantasy elements and world building are done very well. The story is exciting, so much so that towards the end, I had to turn my ipod off a few minutes, calm down, and remind myself that it's just a book.
Ariana Westfield did a pretty good job with the narration. There were, however, a very few places where you could hear her draw breath, pause and regroup. Perhaps that's more the audio producers fault, since the errors were so few that they could have been corrected fairly easily with good production editing. Overall, however, Ariana Westfield had a lovely voice, just right for reading this type of material, and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another book where she's the narrator.
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Sadly, this book was no where near as good as I'd hoped. The characters were two-dimensional and unoriginal. The plot seemed rushed and predictable. Would not recommend it.
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