Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Stephanie Burgis
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Kat’s world is turned upside-down when her sister Elissa’s wedding is ruined by Frederick Carlyle’s mother. When his mother refuses to let him marry Angeline and announces to everyone that the girls in the family are witches, Stepmama takes all of the Stephensons to Bath, hoping that Angeline can get married to an eligible suitor before the word spreads about the family. Kat is thrown out of the Guardians Order, but at Bath she finds connections to magic that the Guardians are ignoring. Kat uses her wits and determination to save her family and find the person responsible for manipulating the wild magic at the roman baths.
Renegade Magic is a charming sequel to the first book in the series. Again the star of the book is the family relationships. In this book, Angeline and Kat are at odds, but Charles also becomes more interested in the lives of his sisters. Kat’s father also gets more involved in their lives, and the view towards Stepmama continues to be positive. Kat is still impulsive and doesn’t learn from many of her mistakes, but the magical regency aspect continues to be well done and enjoyable, especially for Regency fans who are familiar with Bath. Fans of the first book and of regency mixed with fantasy will continue to enjoy this series.