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Review: Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy

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Enchanting the Lady
Author: Kathryne Kennedy  
Re-release Date: Aug. 1, 2012 (reissue)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Relics of Merlin #1
ISBN: #978-1402269820
Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (292 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Their magic lives within each one of them…
In a Victorian England with a rigid hierarchy of magic, lion shape-shifter Sir Terence Blackwell is at the bottom rung of society. Only Lady Felicity Seymour, who has no magic, no inheritance, and no prospects, may be willing to judge the man strictly on his own merits…
However deeply it may be hidden…
When family pressures push Lady Felicity into a terrible fate, she has only Sir Terence to turn to. As the two outcasts are propelled by circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to explore the unseen depths beneath society’s facade. And what they discover about each other is more real and more beautiful than they ever could have imagined…
What G & U are talking about:
Enchanting the Lady is the first book in the Relics of Merlin series.  Although an interesting world and premise, the story fell a little flat for Gikany and Una.  Based on the book description above, we just expected either something a little more or maybe something a little different.
A very good description would be this is fluffy romance mixed with loose magic.  There are some very interesting elements; the hierarchy of the aristocracy based on their ability and depth of magic is one of them.  Your level in society is more than just your bloodlines, but the quality that is produced – magically speaking.  Felicity loses her birthright because she fails to perform the magical tasks that a lady of her caliber (and inheritance) should be able to perform.  It is for this reason that she has no prospects combined with no dowry; her chance for marriage also seems bleak.  
However, an interesting caveat to this hierarchy is the status of shapeshifters.  They are immune to magic, and are able to shift into a singular animal.  Our hero of Enchanting the Lady, Terrence, is a lion shifter.  Since he is not only a shifter but also a successful spy for the Crown Prince, he is granted the position of Baronet.  This entitles him to a high place in society, even though most of society shuns shifters.  Gikany and Una found this juxtaposition very intriguing, although a tad bit black or white.
The story progresses quickly, albeit a bit predictably.  There were a few surprises, but nothing that threw Gikany or Una for a loop.  We were just left wanting more than what was delivered.  Being that Enchanting the Lady is the debut novel of the Relics of Merlin series, we would be interested in reading the next book in this series.  If you are looking for a blend of historical romance in a mythology of magic, something fluffy to while away a Sunday afternoon, you might like to give this series a try.
Their Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)


Purchase Info:
Enchanting the Lady (The Relics of Merlin)
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