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Time travel romances are hot . . . now romance superstar Kay Hooper pens her own fabulous, magical story of timeless love and mesmerizing fantasy. Set in modern-day Seattle and ancient Atlantis, Hooper spins a tale of a young woman with a wild talent and the handsome wizard who would risk everything to teach her a forbidden art--and taste a forbidden love....

Title : The Wizard of Seattle
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ISBN : 9780553588583
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Wizard of Seattle Reviews

  • Miriam
    2018-12-15 02:17

    Most of Kay Hooper's novels, the ones that made her successful, are thrillers that follow a strict formula: a serial killer, sometimes with psychic powers, being pursued by a government agent(s) with psychic powers. Usually this takes place in some podunk town where there is also a local with psychic powers to be guided by the agent. They fall in love, or so the text wants the reader to believe. After three or so I gave up reading Hooper's books because I couldn't tell them or the characters apart. Why, I wondered, couldn't she have a little more originality?This book answers that question. Kay Hooper + originality = batshit insane. But in a lame and boring way. There are wizards. In Seattle. And reporters. And rape. And time travel. To At-fucking-lantis. And a ridiculously underdeveloped romance between a mighty wizard and his too-stupid-to-live apprentice, whom I have no idea why he didn't just kick to the curb years ago. The few supporting characters are totally cardboard: Ugly Rapist Yokels. Evil hedonistic promiscuous wizards. Stupid friends of TSTL heroine. Obnoxious alcoholic reporter. Even the rape victim isn't sympathetic. I got this by accident years ago when trying to find Wizard of the Pigeons, which I could not at the time recall the name of. In the past decade or so I have managed to read a little over half the book, a couple pages at a time before clutching my hair, exclaiming "arggh!" and returning it to the shelf. Today I skipped to the end, which harkened back to the plot she seemed to be introducing in the start, which has not been referred back to in over two hundred pages. Although this book is too awful to finish, it gets a second star because it is at least imaginative, and because Hooper uses the English language correctly, without the annoying mistakes in grammar and word usage that mark many recent books of this disposable sort.

  • Linda C
    2018-11-28 01:16

    The prologue depicts 2 events that set the stage for the story. In one a young female wizard is brutally attacked by 3 men when she is unable to use her powers to defend herself. In the other a young 16 year old young untrained female wizard shows up at the door of a Master Wizard in a storm and begs to be trained by him and he takes her in. Nine years later Serena is flexing her 'muscle' and questioning her life with Richard Merlin. She is falling in love with him but there is a barrier around him. When a stunt of hers results in the Wizard Council becoming aware of her everything changes and she learns of the true nature and rules regulating the Wizard world. In order for her and Richard to move forward they must go back to Atlantis where history seems to indicate that these currents laws were established and see if they can influence a change. Time travel through the gate takes them to a fragile hostile Wizard world on the brink of destruction. They learn about the culture and look for the link that needs to be fixed without making any major changes to the time continuum. A very well done world building and enjoyable story.

  • Kim
    2018-12-13 01:04

    This book was an impulse buy for me in the check out line of the grocery store a few years back. I like magic, I like Seattle--this seemed perfect! Honestly, I didn't even turn the book over to read the back before I bought it. If I had, I would have seen the steamy harlequin romance picture there and probably would have put this right back on the shelf. This is definitely a romance novel and not a fantasy novel. Yes, the main characters are nominally wizards and yes, they do inexplicable things, but I doubt many fans of fantasy would include this novel in that genre. And yes, the story is partially set in Seattle, but nothing happens to distinguish the setting from any other city in the world--I don't think it even rains. The story goes that a male and a female wizard in present day Seattle fall in love, but for some reason it's taboo for male and female wizards to fall in love. So they decide to go back in time to Atlantis before it disappears so that they can attempt to fix whatever happened to cause this taboo and then go back to present day and live happily taboo-free ever after. I'll give the author points for coming up with an elaborate scenario that would somehow induce wizards to not want to marry each other, but she would've racked up a few more points had this scenario been remotely believable. If I try to set aside my hope that this might have some merit as a fantasy novel and just look at it from a purely harlequin romance perspective it still doesn't rank highly, although I have to admit I've never read anything in the genre to which I can compare this. The steamy bits of the story were all between the bad guy and his mindless "brood mares," which, to me at least, was just gross. The main romance was so obvious from the beginning and so poorly developed throughout, it made me wonder why they even bothered with the steamy picture of these two on the back cover. All of this on top of a very weak supporting cast. Although I wasn't completely bored while reading this book, the highest compliment I can bear to give this is that it could've been worse.

  • LadybugPJ
    2018-11-27 03:07

    This would have been a lot better story if the author didn't come across as a total man-hater. All the men were portrayed as power hungry, sex addicts or emotionless morons.

  • Valerie
    2018-11-29 06:00

    The first Kay Hooper book I ever read - one of my all-time favorites. Paranormal before paranormal became hot!

  • Roxanne Rustand
    2018-12-13 04:55

    This is on my all-time keeper shelf. I loved this book!!

  • Mareena
    2018-12-01 02:51

    For my #9 challenge (Title With Place in it), I read The Wizard of Seattle by Kay Hooper. When Richard Merlin first sets eyes on Serena Smyth - the bedraggled sixteen-year-old runaway who shows up on his doorstep one stormy night - he can sense the barely restrained power within her. Guided by pure instinct, Serena has come over three hundred miles in order to find a Master Wizard to teach her a forbidden art. For Serena's sake, Richard will teach her his art, despite a taboo so ancient that the reasons for its existence are all but forgotten.Nine years later, Richard never expects to risk all that he has and all that he is in order to save Serena, and in the process find a love none of his kind has ever experienced. Richard and Serena's quest will bring them back in time to a lost civilization called Atlantis and will test their faith in and love for each other. I give this time travel romance a B+!

  • Megan
    2018-12-11 01:19

    This book put a whole new spin on the phrase "making magic" . . . Wow. I'm giving this four stars because I read it as part of my trashy romance novel collection, and as far a that goes this one is a winner. The antagonist ignored by the couple because they were too busy having sex: check. A troubled character who's past makes it hard for them to trust and let love in: check. bad sex descriptions: check. As a piece of good literature please do not read this book. For a good laugh and light read I highly reccomend the wizard of seattle.

  • Pamela
    2018-11-25 02:02

    It is not the usual style for Kay Hooper, but I really likes it. The idea of the story was fresh.When I saw the picture on the back of the book, I thought going to be really sleazy. It was a pleasant surprise, and I finished it quickly. To soon in fact. I would own this one and re-read it on a rainy day. A cozy book....a good read, especially for an older book. A little romance, mixed with time travel and magic..what is not to like? Plus the leading man was darkly handsome and brooding, and of course so capable..Is there any other type? Worked for me!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-20 01:54

    I would love to see Ms. Hooper write a sequel to this book. With a movie adaptation scheduled for 2014, I am looking forward to seeing what the silver screen can do with the story.The Wizard of Seattle offers an interesting look at the dynamics of the male/female relationship and a wonderfully original theory as to what really happened to the lost island of Atlantis.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-04 07:12

    I read this expecting a cheesy romance novel (which are my guilty pleasures, like every other woman on earth). I was actually sad to finish this one. I LOVED IT!! This is probably one of my favorite books in this category. It's refreshing to have a little originality to the romance genre. I would definitely recommend it :)

  • Vanessa
    2018-11-29 23:59

    Unexpectedly liked it. Very sci-fi and unlike me but I did enjoy the love story and the cheesy storyline.

  • Racheh
    2018-11-16 06:13

    One of the few romances I've ever read and liked, heh. There's enough actual plot and supernatural stuff in it to make it well-balanced.

  • Kim
    2018-12-06 08:14

    I think this book gets a bad rap. It's a fun read, an original premise and a great love story.Plus, it's about WIZARDS.... how cool are they?!?!

  • Theresa Evans
    2018-12-15 02:51

    I think it's a great book. I love the frustrated connection between the main characters. This is on my "read again when I haven't any new books" list.

  • Paranormal Romance
    2018-12-03 00:53

    When the heroine arrived starving and homeless at the heroes doorstep, her only passion, her own goal in life was to become a master wizard. The hero, an extremely powerful man, took her in and made her his apprentice. Their relationship these past 9 years has been one of easy companionship. It's only natural for such a young girl to imagine herself in love her such a man as the hero. Hansom, mysterious and seemingly godlike in his power and command over himself- of course she came to worship him. And as a young girl, the heroine was accepting of the lack of interest in his part. She was only a child. Now she's a woman. The hero, a patient and reasonable teacher has always been aloof and seemingly above the world as it is and while she knows he cares for her in his own way, he has always remained at a distance. The days of tense interactions and frequent days of the heroes absence only goes to show her that something has changed....and not for the better. Now longer in the heroine able to stop herself from wanting him to want her in return. The moment she accidentally slips into his mind and sees him with another woman is the day that a line is crossed. The hero makes it very clear that what she wants from him is impossible and forbidden but while she considers that to be a rule against Master and apprentice relations, in fact it's far more dangerous than that. The hero knew he was breaking a very serious law when he accepted the heroine as his student. Never before has a female been brought into the male dominated wizard world and certainly never been taught magic under the leadership of a level 10 wizard. When the council finally catches wind of his crime, the hero is told that he much remove her magic and memories else face the consequences. The hero knows this law is stupid and wrong but he fears that without drastic action, the heroine will die. For the first time in his life something truly matters. He's never been a social creature nor a man able to open himself to anyone let alone a woman. And his inherit fear of the heroine is unsettling to say the least. But she has come to mean a great deal to him so he devises a plan to travel back in time to discover the course of the female wizard hatred and fear. Taking the heroine with him, he travels back to Atlantis 1 month before it's destruction. There, the hero and heroines relationship begins to evolve and expand. The hero begins to realize how dark his personality and his life has been and how the heroine has brought light to it. He begins to force himself to trust her and to let her inside his mind and express to her his feelings. Feelings he's always repressed. With trust and a deeper connection of hearts and minds, the hero and heroine can change the future for the better. While this book was rather slow and paced evenly with little excitement or actions, I appreciated it none the less. What I liked about this book was it's true and honest exploration into these characters lives. The hero was a very complex character who was a very sheltered man who never gave himself to the world or to other people choosing instead to be an island. He was patient with the heroine and kind in his teachings to her but he closed himself off from ever giving her the notion that she truly knew him. She didn't. He made sure that no one did. He was emotionally distant for most of the book and honest about his lack of desire to be any different. Until the heroine. For years he battle his desire for her and if not for their journey to the foreign land of Atlantis where male and female wizards are at each others throats, he would have lived the rest of his life in solitary. It took a lot for him to finally open up to the heroine but once he released some of that control the floodgates opened and he was a changed man. The heroine was the opposite of her mysterious and secluded teacher. She was lively and outgoing and the emotions in her heart read clearly on her face. She was eager to learn and very more eager to see the heroes inner demons healed. Together they had a tense relationship for most of the book and it was a very long and very hard journey to where they ended up at by the finale. I liked this book because of the characters. Not the plot.

  • Diana H.
    2018-12-09 06:18

    I first read this book years ago and really enjoyed the plot. I must admit that Atlantis and the myth surround it are not a topic I search for while looking for reading material (in fact, I would say that I actively avoid the whole subject). However, due to my enjoyment of Kay Hooper and her writing, I read the book and was pleasantly surprised.Now I've re-read the book and like it just as much (if not more) as the first time through.An excellent story and a sensible, while intriguing, tale about the destruction of Atlantis.

  • Lara
    2018-12-08 02:56

    When I got this book I thought I had read it years ago, but had little memory of it. However, once I started reading I realized it was completely unfamiliar. It begins in the far past, in Atlantis, where relations between men and women have degraded to lack any respect and men are particularly brutal in their dealings with women. Then we visit "modern" Seattle where a young woman of power throws herself on the mercy of a wizard. I am not a particular fan of the mentor/guardian to lover trope, but it worked okay in this book. I would have preferred a situation in which the younger party is independent for some time before the transformation of the relationship, but that was not possible given this book's plot. I'm also not a fan of time travel, but this was so fantastical that it didn't bother me too much. Although, I think the changes would have been greater than provided for in this story.The heroine is bright and full of life. She is impulsive and caring. The hero is very powerful, intelligent and in control, but is not controlling. It goes without saying that they are both attractive and powerful. She has to learn control and about the world, he has to learn about himself. However, we get to know her better. Overall I found his phobia, for lack of a better term, to be poorly supported.There are secondary characters who are fairly simply drawn. We learn something about them, and even the bad ones are not completely bad--they are clearly ignorant and acting in fear/looking to control their environments. However, I found the fact that men would turn out to victimize women and women would be so helpless and unable to improve their lot rather disappointing.Overall the book was a quick read. The scenes with violence are not too graphic; it is the ugliness of language and attitude that is most disturbing. The heroine has to face the hero's limitations, but that didn't seem to be much of a difficulty. And one traumatized character overcomes the trauma far too easily for my taste.

  • Anne
    2018-12-02 03:11

    Serena runs away from home at the age of 16. She shows up (in Seattle) on Richard's doorstep. He is a wizard - and so is Serena, but she doesn't know how to control her powers. Richard takes her in as his "niece" and starts teaching her what she needs to know. As she grows up, she develops a huge crush on him, but he does not seem to be interested even though it is 9 years later and she is now old enough that there wouldn't be any legal issues. There is one big issue as far as wizards go, however, and it is that there aren't supposed to be any female wizards and it is totally against the laws of the Enclave for him to be teaching her. So, they travel back in time to try to fix it; they go to Atlantis!A fun read. A few vivid sex scenes that I wasn't expecting. I didn't remember there being any of those in her other adult fiction...

  • JAC, Loner, Loser and Complicated Mess
    2018-11-23 08:00

    I'm actually not a big fan of Kay Hooper. I'v read some other books of hers and they just didn't engage me. Its no fault of hers, she's a good writer, the other books just weren't to my taste. That being said I really really liked this book. The plot was original and the characters likeable. I can't say to much about the plot or this review will turn into a major spoiler but I can say that it is very well written and fast paced so you won't get bored. Kay has a unique take on old legends and wizards and the whole thing was a winner for me. It has a permanent place on my book shelf and I have read it so many times its starting to get ratty. Thank God I was able to down load a digital version to my Kobo.

  • Hazellie
    2018-12-10 01:54

    I've read this book before, years and years and years ago, before Kay Hooper started writing thrillers, and I remember I liked it but I didn't remember what it was about. I stumbled across this book again, and because I remembered I liked it but didn't remember what it was about, I decided to read it again. I like the whole premise of it. It's definitely slightly outdated, but still interesting. I don't like the character building as much because now I have a better understanding of human nature than I did before, and a lot of the character motivations didn't quite make sense. Still an enjoyable read though, and an interesting concept.

  • Books In Brogan
    2018-11-20 07:52

    This is another one of my favorite books it was published first in the 90's but is a paranormal romance so would fit right into the current genre.  Kay Hooper is more widely know for her Bishop / SCU series but this is still my favorite of all her books.  This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan

  • Mireille Gray
    2018-11-26 01:52

    I am very wary about romantic suspense genre. I didn't have much luck with them, I suppose. That fine balance between romance and the thrill of unknown is so hard to achive. But I still hope to find a good one someday.I love the synopsis of the book. It sold me instantly. The talented, orphaned girl and the wizard master.. their forbidden love? Sound cheap but tempting. The story was good but a bit draggy, for the lack of better words. I couldn't help but skipped to the end when I got stuck in around page 180 or so. All in all, a fun read if you have time to spare.

  • Lesa
    2018-11-28 03:15

    I found this book at 1/2 price books while looking for other auto buy authors. I have a Kay Hooper book on my 2-b-Read shelf, a suggestion from a co-worker.The title caught my eye, Wizards and Seattle, two of my favorite things. The idea of Magic users in modern times is not new, but I found ti fascinating the way Hooper made it challenging for those with the extraordinary ability. Certainly NOT Harry Potter, but the chemistry between the characters is both believable and engaging. I look forward to the other Hooper books, both current and the older reads.

  • Chhavi
    2018-11-16 02:05

    Unbelievably didactic and expositionary, the writing was distractingly bad. It's been more than a decade (maybe two?) since I read Kay Hooper but I don't recall her style and characters being so laborious. It's all tell, tell, tell, and now show. Sexist and boring. Even the preview for her thriller (blood sins?) at the end of this book moves faster and has better action through dialogue than any page in this book. Very disappointing

  • Kate
    2018-12-14 08:11

    Time travel romances are hot . . . now romance superstar Kay Hooper pens her own fabulous, magical story of timeless love and mesmerizing fantasy. Set in modern-day Seattle and ancient Atlantis, Hooper spins a tale of a young woman with a wild talent and the handsome wizard who would risk everything to teach her a forbidden art--and taste a forbidden love.

  • Tracy
    2018-12-12 02:08

    Well, I checked this book out on my nook from the library, thinking it was more of a fantasy book. I realize that it's a romance/fantasy book and I actually enjoyed it. The aspects of time travel intrigued me as well. All in all, I anxiously read to the finish, and I would consider other books by this author.

  • Shawna Yonts
    2018-11-19 00:54

    I have worn out and replaced this book 4 times. I cannot count the number of times I have read it. I now have two copies and a copy on my Kindle. I never go on a long trip without it. I love Kay Hooper books.

  • Angie
    2018-12-02 01:21

    This book was loaned to me months ago, but I only recently gave it a second glance. It took me completely by surprise! I expected a mindless supernatural romance and found a well thought-out plot with some depth to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • twinfish2
    2018-11-27 04:08

    One of my all time favorites. Grab this one if you find it. It is a great story. It is all about putting aside everything you have been told and forming your own opinions. Even if they do not follow the popular opinions of the day.