A RECKLESS MAGICK by STEPHANIE BURGIS
PB, 347 pages, Templar Publishing
“There was nothing in the world quite so improper as magic. That was one of the reasons I loved it so much.”
That tells you everything you need to know to fall in love with thirteen-year-old Kat Stephenson, witch, Guardian, would-be highwayman, constant thorn in the side of her family, and Saviour of England from the dastardly French. When we first met Kat she had hacked off her hair and was running away to be a highwayman, and A Reckless Magick opens, naturally, with her shinning out of a first-floor window on a magical mission.
Kat and her noisy, lovable, infuriating family are on their way to Devon for her sister Angeline’s wedding at a sprawling Devonshire estate, when Kat uncovers a plot that threatens not only her country, but her life, and the lives of those closest to her. Can she untangle the threads of magic, sort out her brother’s love life, track down her mysterious stalker, and make sure the wedding goes ahead? Never count Kat out….
A Reckless Magick is darker and more mature in tone than the two previous books of the trilogy, reflecting Kat’s coming-of-age, as she struggles with the prospect of being parted from her sisters and learns more about her late mother. There’s even a whiff of romance for our little firecracker, and more than a whiff for her brother Charles, who finally strides out from beneath the shadow of his sisters to become his own man.
But it’s all Kat’s book. There will rarely be a heroine you root harder for than messy, tempestuous Kat, and even though the trilogy is over the ending hints that they may be a few more unladylike adventures to come. Let’s hope so…
Stephanie Burgis will be launching A Reckless Magick at BristolCon on October 20th – don’t miss it!