Author: Rebecca York
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Length: Novella (approx 75pgs)Release Date: Aug 20, 2012 from Carina Press
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to an evil magician, Rowan flees her village--and runs right into the path of a handsome stranger. When Grant comes to her aid, she takes comfort in his arms...and sees a solution to her problem. Her betrothal will be called off if she loses her virginity--and her virile protector is the perfect man to do the honor.
Determined to seduce him, Rowan traps them together in a cave, where she and Grant soon give in to their undeniable desires. But despite their growing bond, she cannot reveal her telekinetic powers or risk being persecuted as a witch.
Grant has a secret of his own--he is Prince Grantland, reluctant heir to the throne of Arandal. He's thrilled to find a woman who's interested in him, not his crown. But he and Rowan cannot hide themselves--and the truth--forever. Will their love survive once Grant discovers she's everything he's been raised to hate and fear?
I was a bit conflicted when rating this one. I loved the plot, and the 'happily ever' after was great. My problem was that I thrown for a complete loop about halfway through the novella by Grant's reaction to the discovery of Rowan's powers. I've read books where the heroes have had some pretty huge meltdowns, but I can't recall a single instance where he's struck the heroine, and then used some pretty scary interrogation tactics involving a knife! I tried to take into account that the alternate world where Shattered Magic takes place is similar to the middle ages where I suppose violence against women was acceptable, but, honestly, I found it shocking.
In all, Shattered Magic kept me interested. I found the world the author built intriguing and will probably backtrack and read the first in the series, Dark Magic, which revolves around Grant's sister, Princess Devon, who made a pretty neat appearance toward the end of Shattered Magic. Recommended for (forgiving) fantasy lovers looking for a quick read.