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Independent Ariana, daughter of the Sun Witch, has the special power of healing--and now she tends to her emperor. But a prophecy points to Ariana as the one to save Columbyana from a growing evil. As an ally, Sian prepares this sensuous woman for the fight of her life. And when passion's heat mingles with the heat of battle, man and woman will never be the same.


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Independent Ariana, daughter of the Sun Witch, has the special power of healing--and now she tends to her emperor. But a prophecy points to Ariana as the one to save Columbyana from a growing evil. As an ally, Sian prepares this sensuous woman for the fight of her life. And when passion's heat mingles with the heat of battle, man and woman will never be the same.

30 review for Prince of Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nytetyger

    This book starts the second trilogy of a nicely cheesy romantic fantasy series. Each book adds a bit more graphic sex, but that is also expected with the genre. And as an aside, although the title seems to imply that the main character is male, it really is the female protagonist who has the majority viewpoint and is whom the “prophesy” depends upon for this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    I am so very glad that I read books 2 and 3 before reading the this one because there is no way I would have continued the series after reading Prince of Magic. OMG it was simply terrible! The "hero" and I use that term very, very loosely was a freaking jerk. I couldn't stand Sian Chamblyn! And the heroine got on my ever-loving nerves. I actually had to force myself to finish this book as I really couldn't stand anyone involved in this story. UGH.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    The story was about a healer who as to learn to fight due to a prophecy made. She is trained by a magician with whom she falls in love. They have to battle demons, vampires, etc to try and save their people form evil.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Cordes

    fantasy romance, the first in a trilogy. She's a witch who is destined to save the world (from the unspeakable evil demon) and he's an enchanter with commitment issues. They battle evil undead things.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne Taylor

    Not an auspicious beginning for our lovers…Sian is more than a little obnoxious. Being an arrogant a** is, of course, a staple of many romances and I really found myself disliking him, but Ariana’s almost amused reaction to him defused my dislike. She found him unusual and somewhat unexpected, but not particularly attractive. And their association was based on a real and practical need. I appreciated the way Ms. Jones allowed the characters to be themselves, and to interact in natural and believ Not an auspicious beginning for our lovers…Sian is more than a little obnoxious. Being an arrogant a** is, of course, a staple of many romances and I really found myself disliking him, but Ariana’s almost amused reaction to him defused my dislike. She found him unusual and somewhat unexpected, but not particularly attractive. And their association was based on a real and practical need. I appreciated the way Ms. Jones allowed the characters to be themselves, and to interact in natural and believable ways. Their developing romance was by turns awkward and kind and gently passionate, with just a touch of hopelessness. Like they were willing to take what they could get in the face of the terrible destiny that we can feel they are headed toward. Not that there weren’t a few small missteps. Sian notes that “she had healer’s hands, soft and white and delicate.” Really? I guess if you assume a healer is too good to get her hands dirty, and probably has other people to pick and prepare her supplies for her, but I didn’t get the impression that Arianna was that sort of person. I also thought there should have been more to establish the legitimacy of the prophesy. Some old guy, obviously well into senility, writes something that indicates to our MCs that Ariana is supposed to lead an army into battle, so she just off and obediently changes to course of her life to follow it. I wanted a stronger motivation. I wanted to know why I should believe. I was a little surprised that Sian turned out to be a remarkably practical and mildly likable person, but not unbelievably so. He is dedicated and impatient, all business by habit but he, predictably, is derailed by his growing attraction to the woman who he is preparing to save the world. It is revealed fairly early that the prophesy says she will die, and it is to the credit of the writing that I wasn’t sure if she would permanently die or not. Seemed like it could go either way. There’s an epic going on, and epics are known to sacrifice characters along the way. Ms. Jones’ writing is vivid and fascinating and often surprising in small ways. She doesn’t fall back on clichés, but creates well rounded characters. Heroes with flaws, villains that you can’t help liking just a little bit every now and then. It seems to be a trademark of her style that she can create a black souled person who you want to see redeemed, even as you know they have to die. I found myself a little disappointed by what seemed like a fairly unimaginative solution to Ariana’s Final Fate, which had been built up so much by the story. Everything that came afterwards was anticlimactic, and it went on for far too long to be deemed an epilogue. All story momentum and energy had been lost and I kept fighting the urge to skip forward just to see if anything interesting were going to happen. Which it didn’t. Ms. Jones would have done better to have condensed it and made it a prologue for Prince of Fire, which is where it belonged. I will mention that I greatly regret having read Prince of Swords before reading Prince of Magic. It makes much of the book feel like an anticlimax, knowing what is going to happen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ownsbey

    liked all the purple shades on the cover of this book cute fun fast read enjoyable cheese romance fansaty book

  7. 4 out of 5

    Martina the Book Fairy

    Just finished Prince of Magic (★★★★) by Linda Winstead Jones. It's listed as the first book in the Children of the Sun trilogy, but since this trilogy is a continuation of the Fyne Witches trilogy, it's almost the fourth book in the series instead. I read & enjoyed the Fyne Witches trilogy in 2006 and enjoyed it enough that I bought Prince of Magic in early 2007, but that's around the time I moved into vampire/werewolf PNR and Prince of Magic has been sitting on my TBR shelf since then. The book Just finished Prince of Magic (★★★★) by Linda Winstead Jones. It's listed as the first book in the Children of the Sun trilogy, but since this trilogy is a continuation of the Fyne Witches trilogy, it's almost the fourth book in the series instead. I read & enjoyed the Fyne Witches trilogy in 2006 and enjoyed it enough that I bought Prince of Magic in early 2007, but that's around the time I moved into vampire/werewolf PNR and Prince of Magic has been sitting on my TBR shelf since then. The book begins about 25 years after Fyne Witch series ends, with Ariana the eldest daughter of the Sun Witch - a healer and a witch in her own right. Ariana is court healer for a dying king and suddenly finds herself thrown into the center of a war based on a prophecy brought to the king's attention by Sian Chamblyn, a powerful enchanter. I give the book 4 stars based on the complexity of the world Winstead has created, the depth to which I find myself caring about both Ariana & Sian, as well as the outcome of the story. There's good character development, too. It's a little disappointing that the story doesn't quite wrap up at the end as it's continued in the second (fifth?) book in the series, The Fire King, which is why it got four instead of five stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Book 1 of the Children of the Sun series. I'm sure that there are others out there who totally enjoy this genre but I'm not one of them. This is set in a time that is earlier than modern times, maybe Renaissance times or earlier, and not necessarily on any true Earth timeline. Kings, Queens, emperors, wizards, witches, demon possession, village wenches, healers, and lots of "thou", "thus", "My Lord", and "My Lady". Not really anything here to entertain a fan of Dark Urban Fantasy. I've got book Book 1 of the Children of the Sun series. I'm sure that there are others out there who totally enjoy this genre but I'm not one of them. This is set in a time that is earlier than modern times, maybe Renaissance times or earlier, and not necessarily on any true Earth timeline. Kings, Queens, emperors, wizards, witches, demon possession, village wenches, healers, and lots of "thou", "thus", "My Lord", and "My Lady". Not really anything here to entertain a fan of Dark Urban Fantasy. I've got book 2 of the series already and I'll still give it a try, just in case the series improves since not all series start out good from the get-go.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Sian is a sorcerer who has a prophesy that involves the first born of the Fyne witches, Ariana. She must lead an army against Ciro, the prince that is possessed by a demon. She is determined to go to the Anwyrn, the wolf people that her cousin is Queen of and get their help, but along the way they meet the dark army and lose many. In the end, Sian and Ariana are together, in love, waiting to see if her cousin the Queen is found before they must head out again. I love this author, and this is a g Sian is a sorcerer who has a prophesy that involves the first born of the Fyne witches, Ariana. She must lead an army against Ciro, the prince that is possessed by a demon. She is determined to go to the Anwyrn, the wolf people that her cousin is Queen of and get their help, but along the way they meet the dark army and lose many. In the end, Sian and Ariana are together, in love, waiting to see if her cousin the Queen is found before they must head out again. I love this author, and this is a great continuation of the previous trilogy about the Fyne witches.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Sian Chamblyn, a wizard, comes to find the firstborn children of the Fyne witches, who will be instrumental in destroying a great evil that threatens the land. Sophie's daughter Ariana is a healer at the palace, and Sian starts to train her to fight, while hiding the secret that Ariana is destined to die. This book set up the ensuing conflict perfectly, while leaving enough hanging for the next two. Sian is an odd hero, but he and Ariana match well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This is the first in a trilogy and it was awesome! I couldn't put it down. This book leapt from the pages and pulled me right into the land of Columbyana and kept me there through Ariana and Sian's story. Though of course it's not over yet as there are two more parts to tell the whole story and I'm looking forward to reading them!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Good book! I was so excited to start this series after reading the Fyne Witches set. I just can't put this book down!! Im glad that I waited until the one came in from loan before started the second one. I have a feeling i'd be so lost. Great book and great set! Can't wait to strt the next book and then the set after this one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Awesome! Arianna and Sain are great characters. I'm loving the new battle and the great characters. So much adventure that it makes you wanna flip to the next page. I'm glad that Jones decided to continue the story through the kids.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Out of 5 star: Overall:4 P.O.V. alternating between hero, heroine, and a little bit of the baddie as well. Romance: 3 Sensuality: 3 Sex: 1 Hero: 4 Heroine:4 Enjoyable: 4 Secondary Characters: 4 Likely hood of reading the rest of the series: 2

  15. 4 out of 5

    A.

    I felt like the events in this book happened really fast, like one chapter she's living her life and then literally the next chapter she's training to go into battle. But as a whole, I liked it and thought the plot was interesting!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Prince of Magic is the first book of a trilogy called The Children of the Sun. Lovers of paranormal romance won't want to miss this first installment. It was gripping, addictive, and stunning. I loved it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This 2nd trilogy is strictly middle of the road enjoyment for me. I enjoy the writing, characters and story, but wouldn't put it in my top anything list. That being said I did really enjoy the first trilogy and am thinking I'm going to like the second. Good reads and a lot of fun!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Three is being generous, it was one of those books that I put down many times because I really did not wish to finish it. I did finish out of pure curiosity but book one will probably be all I read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anja Braun

    Reading again..Cause I picked this up and I had forgotten I had read it..Looked on here and yes I had indeed read it in 2009..oh well..I still like it!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    Whatever. Whatever.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Didn't have the intrigue that I liked in the first series., but I still found this enjoyable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Ladage

    Loved it

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bird

    This one started off OK, but the bad guys were doing some strange/disgusting things that really put me off. Didn't make it past the second chapter.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    meh, I will come back to this one later. Didn't catch my interest like I thought it would.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Now THIS series...I read the third trilogy before I read the first trilogy...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hafiza

    DNF

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mitabird

    3.5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Great series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Merideth

    it was an ok read. not great and not horrible.The ending did not feel like an ending it just ended which seemed a little odd.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammie B

    Good romance-- I read all three- prince of magic, prince of fire, prince of swords-- I really got into the characters--

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