As promised, here’re my thoughts…..

Grad student Nora Fischer’s life is unraveling.  Her eye for detail and ability to feel the life in a poem and literature are exemplary but her failure to see the big picture, ask and answer a big question, is killing her thesis.  Instead of the proposal she expected from her long-term boyfriend, Adam, he breaks up with her.  He’s become engaged to an assistant professor he met recently, Celeste. 

Nora’s looking to get away when she attends a friend’s wedding but runs into Adam who callously invites her to his upcoming nuptials.  Nora’s sure a solitary walk on the mountain will help ease her misery when the discovery of an old graveyard takes an unexpected turn. They say fairies still live in the mountains, Nora’s about to discover how right They are. 

Nora’s a thoroughly modern woman thrown into a medieval world of magic and fairies when she accidentally triggers a Faitoren spell leaving an old graveyard. Enchanted by Ilissa, the Faitoren (fairy) queen, married to Raclin, Ilissa’s son, and later rescued by Aruendiel the Magician when she’s near death, Nora’s introduction to Orsland isn’t exactly a fairy tale come true.

After her rescue Nora has to adjust to a world where women are subservient–tough for a girl from the 21st century.  Nora couldn’t pull that off even if she wanted to. Once she’s convinced magic is real here, wherever here is, she hopes to convince Aruendiel, one of the strongest most accomplished magician’s in Orsland and her reluctant rescuer, to teach her magic. Learning is what she does best after all. Nora’s adventures and experiences broaden her mind and senses in ways grad school never could. 

There are numerous literary allusions in THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC but for me it was a medieval fantasy version of Pride and Prejudice. There’s no romance in the modern sense of the word. However, the progression of Nora and Aruendiel’s relationship from mildly antagonistic to a true friendship based on genuine liking and respect is more in line with the characters and story.

Most of the action takes place stage left. It’s more about the complexity and fallibility of the characters and their interactions making them easy to relate to and identify with. It’s easy to lose yourself in the intricately crafted world and characters of THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC. 

I’m looking forward to the next installment in the adventures of Nora, a most unlikely modern magician and my recent favorite magician, Aruendiel.

3.5 stars

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