The Super Was Just the Start
So I had my superintendent of the mysterious, magical building in Berkeley and Abby Teller’s task of managing her tenants who are all some stripe of troublesome supernatural being and every apartment that is a portal to a fantasy world.
But I didn’t think the trials and tribulations of an apartment super had enough tension and plot. The story could have turned out like some old TV situation comedy, “One Day at a Time,” with witches. I wanted more action and depth.
Also, I don’t want to launch a whole series with a slacker character. Abby Teller, a dynamic modern woman, would need an excellent reason for taking a rather mundane job like that.
Well, of course! She needs a part-time job to support herself while she’s going back to college to learn Real Magic. And she must learn to master her power to save her life.
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, as well, to deal with all sorts of supernatural people and entities at the Garden of Abracadabra. She applies to and is accepted by the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts.
At college in Volume 1, she learns the First and Second Fundamental of Real Magic. As research I consulted several volumes 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 many others.
At her mother’s urgent deathbed plea, Abby Teller enrolls at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic. To support herself through school, she signs on as the superintendent of the Garden of Abracadabra, a mysterious, magical apartment building on campus.
She discovers that her tenants are witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and wizards and that each apartment is a fairyland or hell.
On her first day in Berkeley, she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. One of the victims is a man she picked up hitchhiking the day before.
Compelled into a dangerous murder investigation, Abby will discover the first secrets of an ancient and ongoing war between humanity and demonic realms, uncover mysteries of her own troubled past, and learn that the lessons of Real Magic may spell the difference between her own life or death.
“So refreshing. . . .This is Stephanie Plum in the world of Harry Potter.”
Goodreads: “I loved the writing style and am hungry for more!”
Amazon.com: “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy”
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.”
Coming in 2014! The Labyrinth of Illusions, Volume 2 of the Abracadabra Series
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