Skip to Content

Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet

Damsel Under Stress

Author: Swendson, Shanna
Originally Published: 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Damsel Under Stress - Shanna SwendsonI love this series. So much. Since I first read the first two books a year ago, I’ve reread each of them at least a half dozen times, so I was both super excited and a little worried for this installment. I needn’t have been worried…

The backstory of the series is that Katie is completely immune to magic, and can see through illusions that the majority of people cannot – include wizards, fairies, and the like. She works at a company that sells magic (Magic, Spells and Illusions, Inc.), and although it’s not in her job description, she spends most of her time foiling (or at least helping to foil) the plots of Idris, a magician who wants to sell spells that can be used to hurt other people.

Owen and Katie have actually started dating (a huge accomplishment for the both of them), and for once Katie appears to be having good luck in the dating department… until her fairy godmother, Ethelinda, shows up. Her plans are to make the relationship more romantic, but she seems to have a very skewed idea of what women these days find romantic, and just ends up making things more complicated. Plus, it looks like Idris has some seriously determined people backing his plans to open a store providing alternate spells to what MSI, Inc sells.

This book was pure fun, and though it didn’t end like I wanted it to, it left me satisfied. And wanting more. (Can I wait until the next one comes out?) I was a little disappointed that some of the minor characters from the earlier books had such tiny appearances in this book (really, I wanted more Trix and Isabel!), but other characters got a bigger role which was fun…

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:16 pm May 29, 2007.
Category: Chick Lit
Book Author(s):
Publisher(s):