Title: A Tangle of Magicks
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Series: The Unlikely Adventures of Kat Stephenson #2(UK) /Kat, Incorrigible #2 (US)
Genre: Children’s Historical Fantasy (9+)
After her antics in A Most Improper Magick, Kat Stephenson is back to cause more chaos!
Stepmama drags the family to Bath to find Kat’s sister a new suitor. But, unknown to most of its gossipy visitors, Bath is full of wild magic. When Kat uncovers a plot to harness this magic in the Roman Baths, she finds her brother Charles is unwittingly involved.
Kat must risk her newfound magical powers as she defies the Order of the Guardians to foil the plot and clear her brother’s name.
Source: Bought it
This series is so much fun. This time around Kat’s having to deal with losing her oldest sister, Elissa, who’s off to marry her beloved, leaving Kat behind trying to keep her other sister, Angelina, from making some serious mistakes. We also get to see a bit more of her brother, Charles. But mostly this book is about Kat uncovering dark deeds, fighting her own private battles with the snobby Guardians, and watching in frustration as Angeline makes a mess of things. Again.
The first book was fun for many different reasons, but mostly because of the relationship between the three sisters. Sadly, this time, without Elissa there to play peacemaker, we don’t get a lot of sisterly interaction. Angelina and Kat are a bit too alike to get along very well – they both think they know best, they’re both fiercely independent and neither of them will admit when things go wrong. So while Angeline flounders about making a mess of her love life, Kat’s struggling to solve a magical mystery, work things out with the Guardians and also try to avoid the lonely cousin Lucy.
Making excellent use of Bath, its history and its buildings, this is another fun-filled Regency romp. Kat’s a little more powerful this time around, even if she still knows nothing about her magic. I like how tenacious she is. She never gives up, even when other people try and force her to. She’s loyal and tries to be kind too. I loved how she treated Lucy, who could have been so easily dismissed as talkative and annoying. No, Kat doesn’t want to make time for her, but she does anyway.
Okay, compared to the first book, this one is probably a little less fun and doesn’t have the same amount of wonder as Kat discovers all her magical secrets, with a dastardly villain hanging in the background threatening all she loves. The villain this time around felt a little too obvious for the mystery, Kat’s own magic plays a fairly small part, and the real peril doesn’t show up until the end. However, it was still full of life and adventure and made for a quick, easy read.
So far I’m finding this series delightful. I can’t wait to read the next one.
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