Teaser Tuesdays: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Posted October 14, 2014 by Melissa in Teaser Tuesdays, There are Witches in the Air 2014 | 13 Comments

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading


The Book

Title:  The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
Author: Emily Croy Barker
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Witches
Length: 563 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books | Penguin
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, audio
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon | BN |The Book Depository


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.

My Teaser

Out of habit, she stopped by the bookshelf in the living room to see if there was a paperback that she could stuff into her pocket for emergencies — you never knew when you might need a book to entertain and comfort and distract you in the day’s empty places.

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13 responses to “Teaser Tuesdays: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

  1. This was one of my favorite reads of 2013! I absolutely loved it and look forward to the second book, and I’m not even a huge fantasy reader. I can’t put my finger on it, but something in the way the author spun out the plot kept me glued to the pages. Enjoy!
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