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Katie Langford had been part of her family's acrobatic troupe working in a small traveling circus -- until a terrible fire killed her parents. Years later, still with the circus but stuck in an abusive marriage to a drunk, Katie fled to Brighton, a seaside resort town whose music halls meant no circus need visit.

Lionel Hawkens was a professional Air Magician who had a permanent job at the Palace Music Hall in Brighton. His shows never failed to enchant the ever-changing crowds, for even though he wasn't a Master, Lionel's sylphs helped him keep his shows far above average. Lionel wasn't the only one at the Palace who had magical abilities. Jack Prescott had lost a leg in the Boer Wars, but had a steady job at the Palace as the doorman. Jack had preternatural awareness of all flame, for he was also a magician and his aspect was Fire.

When Katie answered the Palace's call for a new assistant with stage experience, she couldn't believe her luck. Lionel could not believe it either -- not only had he found a perfectly suited assistant, but he could tell that Katie was like Jack: a magician whose aspect was Fire.

Though Jack and Lionel could see the glowing salamanders that snuggled up to Katie like a couple of cats, she herself seemed blind to the little Fire Elementals. Katie's power was blocked -- a potentially dangerous situation for everyone around her -- and Lionel and Jack could tell that she was hiding something. Something that frightened her.

Would the two magicians be able to teach Katie to control her Element before whatever threatened her became real?

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3.7 / 5
October 2nd, 2014
Excellent read. Great characters.
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Mercedes does it again.
June 22nd, 2013
Awesome book as always, a great story
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June 16th, 2013
Sadly this book is no where near as good as her early Elemental Masters novels. The magic was much more of a side note to the story of unattainable true love. Had all mention of magic been removed this book would be a typical romance novel as magic seems to play no significant part in the tale at all. There's only brief back story, some of which is hinted at as being suspicious but never actually explained in full, I found the characters difficult to connect with as well as lacking development, and the story felt almost preachy at times with no real point. Overall a very disappointing read, it's unfortunate that Mercedes doesn't seem to be writing at the same caliber as her older novels which held me until the last page.
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