A Tangle of Magicks / Renegade Magic

Book Two of The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson (Kat, Incorrigible).

Cover of 'Renegade Magic'

“You have to promise not to tell anyone else about this,” I said. “And I have to warn you: I’m going to be practising magic. Scandalous magic..."

Kat Stephenson may have inherited her mother's magical talents, but not everyone in the Order of the Guardians is ready to accept her. When she is tricked into losing her temper in front of the most powerful Guardian in England, she finds herself expelled without a single magic lesson.

After a devastating accusation shatters her sister Angeline's romance, their stepmama whisks the family away to the fashionable city of Bath and orders Angeline to find a new fiancé. But as Angeline plays a dangerous game with a scandalous rake, their brother, Charles, tumbles headlong into danger...and Bath's wild magic gets ready to explode.

With more than one life at stake, will Kat's untrained magic be enough to reunite Angeline with her true love, conquer the danger at Bath, and prove she truly has what it takes to be a Guardian?

Kat Book 2 is out now in the UK as A Tangle of Magicks (August 1, 2011) and is out now in the US and Canada as Renegade Magic (April 3, 2012).

Read the first three chapters now (caution: these chapters do include spoilers for Book One!), go behind the scenes, or check out the extras (a page that will be growing over the next several months).

The French edition was published May 9, 2014 as Kat, apprentie magicienne, Tome 2 : Kat et la source magique.

Awards and Honors

Named by Kirkus Reviews as a "New and Notable Book for Teens" in April 2012!

Check out the book trailer (made by David Burgis, a fabulous filmmaker who just happens to be my brother!)

Art Note: the cover artist for the US/CA edition is Annette Marnat; the cover artist for the UK edition is Anne-Yvonne Gilbert. I'll add the name of the French cover artist as soon as I find that out! I love them all. Which do you prefer?

Where to buy

Order in the UK

The Book Depository

Order in the USA

Barnes & Noble

Order in Canada


What they said

"Tweens will sympathize with her struggles to control her impulses and gain respect from the adults in her life. Though this is the second volume in a series, it stands well on its own, and the research into early-19th-century England shines through without detracting from the nimble plotting."

School Library Journal

“The lovely details — Roman baths, detailed costumes, and the seamy underside of Oxford student life — will have readers swooning all over again.”