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A distant magic

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, ©2007.
Physical Description:
333 pages ; 25 cm.
Series title(s):
On a visit to Marseille to attend a Guardian wedding, Jean Macrae is kidnapped by Captain Nikolai Gregorio, a handsome stranger who claims that her family owes him a blood debt and who threatens to sell her into slavery on the Barbary Coast.


Call Number
ROMANCE Putney, M.

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This latest entry in the Guardians series that includes A Kiss of Fate and Stolen Magic presents an enthralling romantic fantasy from a New York Times bestselling author.

Author Notes

Romance writer Mary Jo Putney was born in New York and graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in English literature and Industrial design. She served as the art editor of The New Internationalist magazine in London and worked as a designer in California before settling in Baltimore, Maryland in 1980 to run her own freelance graphic design business Her first novel was a traditional Regency romance, which sold in one week. Signet liked the novel so much that it offered Putney a three-book contract. In 1987 that first novel, The Diabolical Baron, was published. Since then, she has published more than twenty-nine books. Her books have been ranked on the national bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Most of her books have been historical romance. She has also begun writing fantasy romance and romantic fantasy. Putney has won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice, for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and has been a RITA finalist nine times. She is on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll for bestselling authors, and has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards and four Golden Leaf Awards. Her titles include: Dark Mirror, Dark Passage, No Longer a Gentleman, Never Less than a Lady, and Nowhere Near Respectable.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Near the start of this diverting romantic fantasy set in 1753, the third Guardians novel from bestseller Putney (after 2005's Stolen Magic), Nikolai Gregorio, a handsome pirate captain operating in the Mediterranean, kidnaps pretty red-haired Jean Macrae, a member of the Scottish branch of the Guardians (humans with magical powers derived from nature), in revenge for a wrong he thinks her father did him 20 years earlier. A decent sort who possesses limited magical powers, Nikolai is dedicated to fighting the evil of slavery by freeing galley slaves. He even sets up an island refuge for them. After Adia Adams, a freed slave, travels back in time from 1787 London, the pirate and the fiery Scotswoman find themselves on a dangerous magical mission to strengthen the fledgling abolitionist movement. The mix of magic, time travel, history, adventure, romance and social consciousness will delight series fans, but may strike some readers as an incongruous blend. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

"When Nikolai Grigori is a homeless urchin in Malta, the visiting Macrae of Dunrath recognizes his magical powers and offers to foster him. But on the voyage to England they are attacked by pirates, and Macrae does nothing to stop them from taking Nikolai as a slave. Years later Nikolai exacts revenge by kidnapping the late Macrae's daughter. Jean, a Guardian, saves the day, first when their ship is attacked by pirates, and later when she adds her magic to Nikolai's to survive a horrifying storm. Adia, a woman from the future who survived the Middle Passage and went to England at the end of the American Revolution, turns up on Nikolai's private island, Santola, with the message that Jean and Nikolai must travel to the future to ensure the success of the abolition movement. As they travel through time, they use both African and Guardian magic and discover the synergistic effect of intimacy on their paranormal powers. Not the page-turning escapist fare readers usually expect from Putney, this tale features admirable characters and a fascinating approach to slavery and the abolition movement."--"Tixier Herald, Diana" Copyright 2007 Booklist

Library Journal Review

In Marseilles to attend a wedding, Scottish Guardian Jean Macrae is snatched by dashing corsair Nikolai Gregorio, imprisoned aboard his ship, and threatened with being sold into slavery, all because Nikolai has a grudge against her family. But when Jean is able to meld her weather magic with Nikolai's wild powers and save the ship from foundering in a storm, they head for his shielded island retreat, Santolo. Yet change is coming from another direction, and as Adia magically arrives on Santolo from the future, Nikolai and Jean are drawn into a fight against slavery that tests their powers, their resolve, and their growing love as they travel through time and possibly to their doom. Magic and traditions of all kinds, an abundance of well-delineated characters, and fascinating historical and political detail make this the most complex and unusual of Putney's (The Marriage Spell) Guardian tales to date. She lives near Baltimore. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.