I was almost done with the first draft of THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, my magic college book, when The Magicians hit the bestseller list. Naturally I read the book at once!

Grossman, who reviews books for Time Magazine, is quite a literary stylist. His renditions of hideously difficult entrance exams, magical theory, and the tests and ordeals magic college students must endure are fascinating.

His characters, however, come across as privileged, spoiled Ivy Leaguers, contemptuous of their wealthy parents, with ultimately no purpose for their magic education. Even Fillory, the magical realm they travel to, doesn’t amount to anything. After they graduate, they hold elaborate dinner parties and fall in and out of bed. That’s about it.

By contrast, Abby Teller’s purpose for entering magic college is focused from the start: she must defend herself against ancient enemies of her father. She’s drawn into a murder investigation leading to clues of an ancient war between Humanity and Demonic Realms. And she must solve mysteries of her own troubled past. She’s no trust-funder, she works as the superintendent of The Garden of Abracadabra, a magical apartment building on campus. But if you love all things magic, you’ll find The Magicians a good read and a cut above formulaic urban fantasy.

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.

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More bargains for your reading enjoyment:

Urban fantasy! The Garden of Abracadabra is available in three affordable installments. Begin with Book 1: Life’s Journey on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.

The Bantam classic, Summer of Love is available in seven affordable installments. Begin at the beginning on Nook, Kindle, or UK Kindle

Suspense! Don’t miss SHAKEN, my sexy thriller, an ebook adaptation of “Deus Ex Machina” published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, republished in Transcendental Tales (Donning Press), and translated and republished worldwide, is on Nook, Kindle. and UK Kindle.

Literary science fiction! And don’t miss TOMORROW’S CHILD, The Story That Sold To The Movies. This began as a medical documentary, then got published in Omni Magazine as a lead story, and finally sold to Universal Pictures, where the project is now in development. On Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.

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