Magic of the Pentacle


Magic of the Pentacle by Diane Wylie
Book Two of the Mark of the Magician series

Book Blurb:

As a psychiatrist, Dr. Julian Nelson deals with her patients’ real and imagined problems every day. But the secrets revealed by magician Richard Blackstone, have Juliana questioning her judgment and losing her heart.

Richard’s playboy lifestyle suited him for hundreds of years…until he meets Juliana. He tries to hide the power of his five-pointed star amulet, the Pentacle, from her until events spin out of control. Now he must face the truth of his past and fulfill the five virtues of a knight of the Order of the Garter or risk losing Juliana for good.

Can Richard complete the quest and live? Or will the glowing points of the Pentacle spell the end of his immortality…and his life.

Review from Book One

Moonlight and Illusions

..With brilliant dialogue, a storyline that will leave you breathless, and two people who have much more in common than they know, MOONLIGHT AND ILLUSIONS will make you swoon with every glance.

~ Rie McGaha reviewer for The Pagan & The Pen Book Reviews

Meet The Author – Diane Wylie

“A technical writer and editing specialist, I have researched, written, edited, and published many, many technical manuals, online help systems, and research documents. Before that I taught high school science, worked as a cancer research laboratory assistant and as a veterinary assistant.

Maybe some day I will say my day job is as a full-time romance writer. I can always dream…” ~ Diane Wylie


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  1. I found it a really dynamic, fast-paced novel, extremely well plotted, a brilliant synthesis of romance, crime, and time-travelling paranormality. An exquisite cover introduces two beautiful people, Juliana eminently desirable to any male reader, Richard to any female.
    “In case I didn’t mention it before, you looked terrific in that red bikini.”
    “Thank you, sir. You are no slouch in bathing trunks either.”
    The abundant love scenes are handled with supreme delicacy and taste, always sustaining their allure and fascination.

    It has a great deal of realist solidity, especially strong in the description of a brutal attack by a psychopath, and a San Francisco earthquake.

    I have a feeling that the character of Juliana, the heroine, was based on a real-life person with depth knowIedge of psychiatry – perhaps the author herself. From what I know of that area, there are many people who have grandiose delusions which are coherent in their internal logic, and are totally convincing to their patients themselves. There are also conjuring shows where the magic appears convincing. I think your narrative is all the more convincing because the magic can sometimes falter, be fallible. This is strengthened by the incidents of the Pentacle being lost and recovered.

    I like the idea of Juliana struggling against a genetic mental curse. It’s great that in this novel the romantic concept of a conflict between passion and career detachment goes into the depths of the paranormal for its resolution. Juliana, especially, stretches the boundaries between professionalism and rationality. The idea of the couple revisiting Bodiam, point of Richard’s ‘immortal’ origin several centuries back, and the themes of redemption (of his siblings) and possible retribution is very strong plotting. It is extremely touching that Evaline gives her blessing to Richard and Juliana.

    The theme of athanasia gives the reader much food for thought. Without it, the couple would never have met. Given that Juliana acquires it, could they not both keep it and remain ‘forever young’, loving each other forever. This raises a profound query about the true nature of ‘living happily ever after’. “Okay. Okay. You aren’t a mere mortal . . . With the Pentacle and the moonlight, I can still be a man of magic. But with you by my side, I couldn’t be happier.””

    The idyllic ending does raise the question as to whether all the heavy stuff the characters experienced was totally in the imagination. At one level it could be described as simplistic, but that very fact forces the reader to reflect back on what led up to the resolution? Could one believe it? It is a work of the imagination

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