Favorite Lines: “A shiver passed through her as she felt a circuit of energy between them open and cycle. Strong and steady and…lovely.
“I care for you,” he said in an absolute tone.
“I care for you, too,” she responded.
He squeezed her fingers. “We’ll get through this together.” Then he closed his eyes and kissed her and she let her mouth cling to his and didn’t call him on his lie.” (p. 263, egalley)
A curse breaker gambles her youth on love in this Mystic Circle title by award-winning author Robin D. Owens.
“The more curses you break, the sooner you’ll die.”
Magic has a price—and for Amber Sarga it’s days and years off her life. Each curse she breaks ages her—and the bigger the curse the bigger the cost, and not only to her. That’s why she hides away and has vowed not to get involved again… That’s why she hates looking in a mirror…
And then an ill-fated stranger arrives. Rafe Davail doesn’t believe in curses—not even knowing that in his family every first son dies young. Amber offers guidance but she won’t break the curse. Still, as she grows closer to Rafe and discovers the secrets of their pasts, she wonders if for this time, this man, she should risk it all…
Robin D. Owens is back with book two in her Mystic Circle series. The story, Enchanted Again, is about the neighbor of book one’s heroine. If you haven’t read Enchanted No More (book one), don’t try to start the series with this book. The first book introduces the world, explains prejudices, magic and characters. It makes it possible for the reader to pick up book two and read with an understanding of what is possible in the world Owens’ created.
I think LUNA is one of my favorite lines of books. The books feature strong heroines in fantasy and urban fantasy genres. I’ve had more hits than misses with their books, too. Owens’ Mystic Circle is another winning series published by LUNA which has a permanent place on my bookshelf.
The heroine, Amber, tries so hard to avoid self-destructive behavior. It’s not easy because simply using her magic is self-destructive. It’s all tied up in an obscure curse which is kind of ironic since she is a curse breaker who can’t break her own curse. I liked Amber from the get go. She reminded me of an old soul which is kinda funny seeing as how breaking curses ages her physical body.
On the flip side, I didn’t like her love interest Rafe for most of the story. He seemed to only worry about himself. It was all about his adrenaline rush. I don’t think he ever realized how self-centered he was, but I did. After major events it was all about the feel good flood which filled his body. He just sort of pulled the heroine along with him for the ride. In the end, I only accepted a relationship between Rafe and Amber because I connected with Amber and she wanted it so bad.
Besides Amber, there were other characters I was interested in: the brownies and elementals. Both were vital to the many successes and discoveries made throughout the story. Book one spent more time focused on fae nobility, so it was nice to see a heroine connect with the lower or lesser fae creatures. The creatures who are like the working class. They keep everything running smoothly. You always know where you stand with them and they are most likely to know and tell you the details needed for survival. The lesser fae also seemed to center the hero and heroine. While I liked the characters there were a few scenes which really slammed the story home for me.
I have two favorite parts of the book. The part when Amber recognizes her flaw and how to fix it, and the events which wrap up the story. This is another tear jerker, but it so much more. It is magic, good vs. evil story filled with love, passion, friendship and hope. It’s a book I can pull out when I’m feeling blah, flip to a particular section and have a good cry as I read about the things a good woman will do for her man even if they can’t be together.
If you haven’t started the Mystic Circle series it’s time to do so. Run out and pick up books one and two, then pop back by to let me know what you think.