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Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

September 2, 2014 - Amy Phelps
A graduate student finds herself in another world where magic rules in "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic" by Emily Croy Barker.

Nora finds in one weekend that her boyfriend is leaving her for someone else and that her graduate school career may be grinding to a halt. She travels out of town for a friend's weekend wedding and decides to take a walk in the woods. But her walk leads her - unknowingly - into another world. She ends up on the doorstep of a seductive magician named Ilissa, who immediately begins charming Nora (literally) inviting her to be the guest of honor at lavish parties, and making Nora a perfect version of herself. Nora even begins a romance and whirlwind marriage to Ilissa's equally seductive son, Raclin. But a chance encounter with a group of strangers, including a powerful magician named Aruendiel, begins to crack the veneer. Aruendiel says Nora is under a magic spell, and if she ever wants out of it, to call to him magically. And suddenly Nora finds herself doing just that when she discovers what lurks beneath both Ilissa and Raclin's lovely exterior. Now living and working for Aruendiel, Nora finds herself caught up in political manuverings of this new world, while wondering if she will ever get back to her own world - or if she really wants to.

A magical fantasy story with a modern heroine, there's plenty of adventure, romance and suspense to sweep readers away.

"The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic" is published by Penguin. It is $16 and 563 pages long.



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