Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases!

I stumbled upon this book at random when the title caught my eye. It sounds really interesting and I can't wait to read it :)

The Thinking Womans Guide to Real Magic Cover Title: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Author: Emily Croy Barker
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: August 1, 2013

Book Description (from Goodreads):

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).


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This does sound so tempting! And exciting....thanks for sharing.


Natalie @Natflix&Books said...

I'm excited for this one, too. I love the alternate world aspect. And magic. That cover is so charming, too. Great pick!
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