Renegade Magic (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, book 2)

Renegade Magic (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, book 2)

The Order of the Guardians is eager to deny Kat her rightful place among their brethren. Kat's mother had powerful enemies and since she has passed on, Kat is now the target of their mistrust.

Regency England is beset with magic and those who control it. Kat has always used her mother's mirror to travel to the Guardians but now they've taken away all of her powers. Well, they think they have but when Kat travels to Bath with her stepmama and sister, magic comes back to her.

Kat's sister, Angeline has been accused as a witch by the mother of her beloved. His inheritance hangs in the balance and Angeline is filled with despair. If he ever sees her again, his mother will cut him off from his fortune. It's going to be up to Kat to take on the family honor, the rake, the relatives and true love. This is a light, adventurous, magical tale that offers a twist to the Regency romance lovers. Ages 12 and up 331 pages Sequel to Kat, The Incorrigible

Recommended by: Barb

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Kat doesn't care about polite society, but when accusations of witchcraft during her eldest sister's wedding send the family fleeing to see-and-be-seen Bath, she'll take the change of scenery. But this spirited young lady had no idea that evil magic was gathering in the fashionable city - she may have to break a few more Guardian rules to stop it!

No one could have imagined that Frederick's mother would storm the little country church to accuse middle sister Angeline of bewitching her son - with real witchcraft! Never mind that the three sisters really did inherit their mother's magical skills and that Stepmama pretends they are not excluded from polite Regency society because of that scandalous family history.

Suddenly, they're off to the resort city of Bath so that Angeline may acquire a new fiance to quell the gossips, with Stepmama settling the family into her distant relative's well-placed townhouse by hinting that Lady Fotherington is Kat's godmother. Of course, everyone important in society respects that great Lady; only Kat knows she's one of the Guardians using magic to protect England against evil magic-wielders - and that she despises Kat for inheriting her mother's powers.

As Angeline and Stepmama and reluctant Kat visit all the right places during the proper hours, brother Charles gets himself entangled in gambling again (all he learned at Oxford, it seems), a notorious man singles out Angeline, and Kat seeks out the unusual magic giving off sparks of evil with her cousin Lucy's unexpected help.

Are the famous spring waters of Bath hiding a darker secret?
Why is scandalous Viscount Scarwood wooing Angeline?
How will Kat ever get the Guardians to train her properly?

Good magic, bad magic, and treachery lurk below the surface of 19th century Britain's preoccupation with fashion and manners in this fast-paced sequel to Kat, Incorrigible. Be sure to follow Kat's quest to recover Stolen Magic in the third book of the series, too.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com

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