A Lady and her Magic by Tammy Falkner
(Faerie #1)
Sourcebooks Casablanca (Sept 2012)
Paperback, 351 pages

Paranormal Romance

A Lady and her Magic by Tammy Falkner is a historical romance with a twist, as the magical fae world and human world intertwine.

Sophia Thorne is a faerie on a mission in the human world to protect a young girl. This girl is Lady Anne, the daughter of the notorious Duke of Robinsworth who is feared by society for supposedly killing his wife. It is Sophia’s mission to protect the child, but must first integrate herself into Regency society and get close enough to the Duke to gain access to his daughter.

The Duke of Robinsworth rarely shows his face in society, fed up of the looks and scandal that follow him wherever he goes. It is only when he is out shopping with his daughter that he stumbles upon Sophia, and is immediately intrigued by her. She takes his daughter to task over her whining, something which no-one else can seem to control, and doesn’t seem to be afraid of him.

Sophia took a moment to catch her breath. It wouldn’t do for her to swoon in the middle of the park. Not at a mere suggestion from the dangerous Duke of Robinsworth. The man was a walking scandal. A walking scandal that made her pulse pound so loudly she could hear it.

He persuades her to see him again at his mansion, as he is drawn in by her beauty and kindness, but also by her innocence. She is just as drawn to him, as she doesn’t believe that the rumours about him are true, but it is forbidden for fae to fall in love with humans and she must never reveal her true nature to him. However, as much as she tries to fight it she is falling in love with the Duke, knowing that she risks having her wings clipped and may never be able to return to the land of the fae.

Sophia Thorne was a likable main character for the most part of the novel, as she is naïve and struggling to adjust to human world of high society. I liked how hard she tries to hide her true nature, and her emotional turmoil at not being able to give the Duke more information about herself. However, she also annoyed me as she claims to be all sweetness and light and yet her flirtation with the Duke is far from innocent, and I struggled any way she couldn’t be aware of her actions. There is only so much goodness in one character I can take, as every character has their flaws, so I felt like Sophia needed more to her than her fae nature.

As for Ashley, the Duke of Robinsworth, I really liked his character as he has been underestimated by his peers and is living under the dark cloud of his past. He really falls for Sophia, despite the fact that she seems to be leading him on when she repeats that she can’t stay with him, and is determined to get her to stay with him. I liked how devoted he was to his daughter, despite what went on with his wife, and was surprised by his countenance as I was expecting an overly rough alpha male when in fact he was a gentleman.

The plot of the novel was fairly typical as far as forbidden romances go, but there were some shocks along the way when both characters delve into their pasts that I wasn’t expecting. Despite the typical ending I still enjoyed reading this book, as the writing was addictive, and I didn’t want to put the book down. The other characters in the novel weren’t really developed but some were still entertaining, such as Ronald the gnome who keeps popping up to keep an eye on Sophia. If you love historical paranormal romance then this book is definitely recommended.


This book treads the line of forbidden romance as a fae falls in love with a human, and despite seeming like a typical plotline it was a surprisingly good read. The characters were easy to like and the secrets of the past were revealed at an appropriate pace. Considering that Sophia was a fae there was hardly any magic used throughout the book, which I was a little disappointed at, as the book is purely about her relationship with the Duke of Robinsworth.


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Laura November 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

Oh I really like the sound of this one magic, fae and a historical romance I may just have to add it to my wishlist :-)


Rebecca November 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Yes Laura, I think this might be right up your street! :) I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it, I can send you the ARC if need be! :)


Gemma November 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

Its it bad to say I really like that cover, except for the barechested male (Yes, Laura there is a cover I dislike due to male torso nakedness! lol)

This looks like a fun flirty rea. I too may add it to my list!! :)


Laura November 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

Good grief you really must be feeling poorly! 😉
I actually quite like the cover too in a cheesy way, I like the pink and the sparkles lol!


Gemma November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

Ha. Ha. Ha.

I am not completly shallow. He just looks too 80’s bodice ripper for me…


Rebecca November 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A bare chested male that Gemma doesn’t like?? :O I’m in shock 😉
I disagree slightly Laura, I’m not a fan of all that pink, a bit too cheesy for me :)


TYBC November 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

If I saw this book in the store I would of though “That dress is absolutely chhessey.” However, the book sounds interesting enough to read, I haven’t read historical fantasy in a while.


Rebecca November 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I do agree with you about the cover, but I hope you decide to give it a read, it is pretty good! :)


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