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September 19, 2008

Review: Double the Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy

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Double the Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy

This is my second read by Kathryne Kennedy. “Double Enchantment” is her second book about an England where magic is commonplace in the upper class. In fact, magic is the determinant to belong to the upper class. The stronger your magic, the higher your status. Except for shapeshifters, for some reason their magic is considered too wild and they are looked down upon by the rest of high society. Kennedy’s series is set in regency times so the books are a strange mix of historical paranormal that just seems a bit off for me.

Lady Jasmina is a proper high born miss. Her magic works just fine and that’s a good thing as she uses it mostly to return items her kleptomaniac of a mother steals. But her mother is beautiful and spoiled rotten and seems to accept the danger she places her child in every time she ‘picks up’ whatever catches her eye. But something has gone wrong with Jasmina’s spell this time. The simulacrum she thought she left in her bed has somehow acquired a piece of Jasmina’s soul and is now running around London, looking exactly like Jasmina. And she’s doing things no well bred miss should! Now her simulacrum is engaged to a shifter that Jasmina is increasingly attracted to, some really bad guys are after Jasmina, her simulacrum, and Sir Sterling, and Jasmina really has no idea how she’s going to fix this.

Sterling sees her from across the ballroom. She’s gorgeous…and unless he’s dreaming, she appears to be attracted to him too. Suddenly she’s seducing him and the next thing you know they’re engaged. So what is going on with her twin?

Kennedy’s descriptions of scenery and setting are laudable. I found the concept of an openly magic-filled regency period interesting and unusual. But, it was very difficult for me to finish this book. I didn’t find the plot all that gripping and it was all too easy for me to set the book aside. Jasmina was very self-sacrificing and the longer it went on, the more irritated I became with her. There were too many different characters and too many different threads for me to easily keep track of, or stay interested in. Even the two love scenes struck me as rather hurried. On the plus side, some of the secondary characters were just as, if not more, interesting as the main ones and there were occasional flashes of really good humor which I always like.

While I’m a fan of regencies and a fan of paranormals, “Double Enchantment” by Kathryne Kennedy didn’t quite manage to mix the two to my enjoyment. In the end, I just couldn’t generate enough admiration for the main characters to want to read more about them. But, just because it wasn’t to my taste doesn’t mean some of you guys might like it. And if it sounds interesting, then pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

Until next time…

 

Reviewed by Julie

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