The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Emily Croy Barker
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An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.
Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.
For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).
Publishers Weekly Review
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This novel is reminiscent of Harkness' work, but not so much so that it is predictable or boring. I adored it! And terribly sad it's over....
The over-all book lacked magic, pun intended
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic had really great editorial reviews. But after reading this book, I wonder if anyone actually read the entire thing. The story was interesting but the over-all book lacked magic, pun intended. Basically it is a story about a grad student who gets lost in ‘another’ world while on a walk in the mountains. This begins Nora Fischer’s grand adventure into a world that is full of magic, kings, lords, knights, castles, etc.
The book is broken up into 4 parts. Part One, I could not put down. I was reading well into the middle of the night. Heck, I could not read fast enough, I needed to know what would happen next. But when I started Part Two, I was like wait, what just happened here? Why did this become so dull and boring?!? Book Three and Four were ‘better’ but really there was so much that could have been cut out. It just went on and on and on and then it ended with a cliffhanger.
I’m sorry that I spent money on this book, it was not worth it. I should have just borrowed it from the library.
Incredibly enjoyable, will there be more?