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The Autumn Palace (Ondine Book #2) by [McKenna, Ebony]
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This second sassy adventure in the young adult series from author Ebony McKenna combines fairytale romance with magical fun.

15-year-old Ondine is desperate to escape the confines of her family’s hectic hotel to be with her gorgeous new boyfriend Hamish.

When his talent for transforming into a ferret results in a dangerous new assignment from the Duke of Brugel - at his stunning autumn palace - Ondine seizes the opportunity to tag along.

To her annoyance, Ondine’s Great-Aunt Col insists on joining them as chaperone. Making matters worse is the ageing witch’s embarrassing habit of performing the wrong kind of magic at the worst possible time.

Upon entering the palace grounds they are confronted by a fierce tornado that awakens something dark and ominous. Unexplained phenomena begin intruding on everyday life at an alarming rate.

Surrounded by strange magic, Ondine and Hamish must expose a royal conspiracy, champion the palace’s downtrodden servants and solve a baffling mystery.

With so much at stake, will they ever find time to be together?

The Autumn Palace is the second novel in the wonderfully witty four-part ONDINE series. Fans of The Princess Bride will love this book. (Fans of the first book will love it too, obviously!)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 2 edition (15 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8J0A6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wayward magic and teenage angst... 14 March 2014
By Panthea14 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second book in the Ondine series, set in the fictional country of Brugel. Ondine, Hamish and Old Col find themselves on a secret mission to discover who is trying to kill the Duke. Along the way they encounter a miscellany of potential (and real villains) before the truth is revealed.

Once again this book just fizzes along with wayward magic, the dilemmas of failing at Maths (Ondine has my sympathy), a sexy boyfriend who changes into a ferret at all the wrong moments and a cast of fabulous characters. My favourite part of the Ondine books are the hilarious footnotes explaining the quirks of Brugelese history and culture. This may be a YA story but there is plenty in Ms. McKenna's wonderful stories to keep the young at heart smiling too.

Highly recommeneded!
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy that sparkles with romance and wit 27 July 2011
By Michelle Fayard - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
With warm wit and believable imagination, Ebony McKenna follows through with her sequel, Ondine: The Autumn Palace.

Ondine and her aunt accompany Hamish, Ondine's sometimes-ferret sometimes-human boyfriend, to the duke's palace where they must discover who wants to assassinate him--and do away with them. Ondine is forced to work first as a laundress (her experience in her parents' pub have made her an expert at removing food and wine stains) then as a female butler to the duke's sister, the Infanta Anathea.

The only problem is the Infanta--along with the duke's wife, the Duchess Kerala, and his son, Lord Vincent--is one of the top three suspects. Ondine fears, however, it will be her heart that is done in, as Hamish takes to his new job with unexpected zest. Will Hamish be able to "ferret" out the truth in time to save the duke and their relationship?

Hamish's Scottish brogue and slang, which Ebony deftly defines with humorously written footnotes, combined with excellent dialogue and lovable characters make her books an extra delight.

If this is your first time to read a fantasy, you've picked the perfect one to enjoy. And if you're already of fan of fantasy that sparkles with romance and wit, the Ondine series is sure to please. You'll find yourself eagerly awaiting the release of the third title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 13 June 2011
By Emmie Dark - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Loved the latest outing of Ondine and Hamish! Dastardly and mysterious deeds are happening all over the place at the mystical Autumn Palace and there are so many potential culprits! The foreign laundress, the seemingly clairvoyant butler, the dramatic infanta and the drunken duchess are all at play and it's up to Ondine and Hamish to work out what's going on.

In amongst all this, Ondine and Hamish still need to find time for their relationship and each other, which becomes increasingly difficult as Hamish becomes all wrapped up in his role as a spy and Ondine literally works from dawn to dusk!

With lots of the gorgeous humour from the last book (Brugelians eat "Toots Wheat" for breakfast!! (Although I'm not sure if you call them "Brugelians"...)) and plenty of magical fun and games, this was a great, fun read that kept me giggling out loud on planes over the past week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 1 October 2013
By Imelda - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm posting this on behalf of my daughter, who is one of Ms McKenna's greatest fans. She says that this book has a hilarious plot-line, which is about as twisty as the fish tornado (you'll have to read the book) and she enjoyed it immensely. A great continuation of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It only gets better 14 June 2011
By Lisa - Published on
It's rare that I say I liked the second book in a series even better than the first, especially when I had such a high opinion of that one! But it's true in this case. Ondine and Shamble's adventure rises to new heights. The stakes are higher, and the fun is off the charts. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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