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A Kiss of Fate

(2004)
(The first book in the Guardian series)
A novel by

 
 
Library Journal
Born into a legendary family of mages known as the Guardians, Gwyneth Owens believes that she has little inherited power. She does, however, have a destiny to fulfill. When the Guardian elders seek to forestall a coming disaster by invoking her Guardian oath and asking her to marry Duncan Macrae, Lord Ballister, the most powerful weather mage in the realm, she cannot honorably refuse. Although they are already attracted to each other, Gwyneth can't forget the single kiss from him that sent alarming visions of destruction flaming through her mind-or the sword that he held in his hand. Intelligent, compelling characters that appeal to both heart and mind, a brilliant blending of history and fantasy, and a beautifully unfolding love relationship combine to produce a magical tale. Building on the Guardians concept first introduced in her novella "The Alchemical Marriage" (published in the anthology Irresistible Forces), Putney puts a unique spin on reality, magic, and love and takes romantic fantasy to a new level. Putney is a New York Times best-selling writer and lives in the Baltimore, MD, area. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/04.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
An English enchantress in love with a Scot, circa 1745. Gwynne, Lady Brecon, was briefly married to one of the elderly Guardians, supernatural beings who live among humans. Now, newly widowed and still young, she has come to understand that she, too, has magical powers, even though her mother was only a "mundane," as the Guardians call ordinary mortals. Her late husband loved Gwynne dearly, though he left her a virgin at his death. Her serene beauty, intelligence, and golden eyes now attract the attention of Duncan Macrae, a Guardian with the ability to call down storms from the heavens (or arrange for clear skies, should milady wish to go riding). Gwynne finds herself inexorably drawn to the darkly handsome man known as the Lord of Thunder, though she fears his strength and the strange energies that intensify whenever they meet. But she understands that marrying him is her destiny-and, oh! the sex! Heights of transcendent rapture alternate with blood-drenched visions of war, and then it's back to sublime passion and volcanic explosions of. . . well, it gets a little silly. Even Putney, a lyrical and imaginative writer with a talent for fantasy, can't make woo-woo cosmic sex sound particularly believable. And history keeps getting in the way: didactic dialogue explains centuries of conflict between England and Scotland, right up to Jacobites versus Hanoverians. The psychic powers possessed by Duncan and Gwynne come and go according to the needs of the plot, and these powers are also discussed at length in somewhat confusing detail. Empowered by her ever-growing supernatural wisdom and her realization that Duncan is doomed if he attempts to change the course of fate, Gwynne locks up heroutraged husband. Will he forgive her for his missing the Battle of Culloden?Not Putney's best, but entertaining nonetheless.

Genre: Historical Romance

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June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Kiss of Fate (Putney, Mary Jo)
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Title: A Kiss of Fate, Large Print
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August 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: A Kiss of Fate: A Novel (Guardians)
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 0-345-44917-7 / 978-0-345-44917-7 (USA edition)
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: A Kiss of Fate
Author(s): Mary Jo Putney
ISBN: 1-4193-1948-5 / 978-1-4193-1948-8 (USA edition)
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Title: A Kiss of Fate
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