Abby Teller needs to learn Real Magic to defend herself against the Horde, gangster-sorcerers who murdered her father when she was a child of eight. It turns out she needs to learn Real Magic to deal with all sorts of supernatural entities in her capacity as the superintendent of the Garden of Abracadabra. Compelled into a dangerous murder investigation, she applies her knowledge in several dicey situations.
In The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1, she’s applied to and is accepted by the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn mastery of her power. Abby learns at college the First Fundamental of Real Magic—Knowledge Is Power–and the Second Fundamental of Real Magic—Mind Gleams in Every Atom of the Universe. (There are Ten Fundamentals.)
As research I consulted many books in our own extensive private library, including Real Magic by R.E.I. Bonewits, Natural Magic by David Carroll, Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians by Magus Incognito, and The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, among others.
“So refreshing. . . .This is Stephanie Plum in the world of Harry Potter”
This just in from Goodreads! Alan writes: “I loved the writing style and am hungry for more.:D”
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series (Bast Books)is on Nook and Kindle with a print edition planned for late 2013.
Fun and Enjoyable Urban Fantasy January 12, 2012
By D. Pflaster
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a very entertaining novel- sort of a down-to-earth Harry Potter with a modern adult woman in the lead. Even as Abby has to deal with mundane concerns like college and running the apartment complex she works at, she is surrounded by supernatural elements and mysteries that she is more than capable of taking on. Although this book is just the first in a series, it ties up the first “episode” while still leaving some story threads for upcoming books. I’m looking forward to finding out more.
From the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Kindle and Nook.
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