Magic University: The Tower and the Tears: A Ravenous Romance Paperback – Jan 1 2011
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"Simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." --Susie Bright
About the Author
An award-winning writer and editor, Cecilia Tan has been combining the erotic with the fantastic for nearly 20 years, in short stories, serials, novels, anthologies, and paranormal romances. Her work has appeared in both Ms. Magazine and Penthouse, both Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Nerve, and she is editorial director of Circlet Press.
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“If you wish hard enough, the orgasm fairy will visit you”
So I haven’t actually read book 1 of this series. There were a few things I didn’t quite understand the references to because of this. However, I was able to read almost the entire book with my zero knowledge of book 1 without much confusion.
The synopsis gave me clues that there would be sex in this book. But I was not prepared for the sheer amount of it. Kyle is studying the esoteric arts. Which apparently means his ‘homework’ ends up being sex, lots of sex. And there are 3 tests he must pass in order to become an initiate. All of which require him to perform sex before his teachers for a grade, some of which require him to have sex with multiple partners.
It was well-written, all the sex had legitimate reasons to be in the book at that particular time. It is explicit, without falling over the line into porn. There was also a mystery woven through the book that is resolved by the end.
I liked some of the threads in the book. Like how you shouldn’t have sex with someone you don’t want to have sex with. That love isn’t just between lovers, that you can love your friends just as deeply if in different ways. Doing what is right isn’t always easy, doing what is easy isn’t always right.
I liked Kyle, Alex, Ciara and Frost as characters. I’d like to learn more about them, and see how they change as they go through school. I’m just not sure about picking up the other books in the series because of how much sex was in this book. Maybe the next one will be better since it will feature other classes than this one did. Maybe the first one will have less sex in it because of his not declaring his major until this book.
I’m not sure. I don’t mind sex in general, and this one didn’t have any scenes I had to skim through or that made me cringe. It just felt a bit like there was more concentration on sex than on the rest of the storylines. For every scene or two that centered on something else, the next scene would be sex. Then other plot again, then more sex.
So if you like reading about magic schools, mystery and intrigue, want to add another series to your reading list, and don’t mind sex? This would be for you.
(cross-posted to my review blog)
The sex scenes in The Tower and the Tears are more graphic and intense than in The Siren and the Sword. This book is definitely for a more mature audience (despite the cover with the young looking kid).
The Tower and the Tears is good, but not great. I wish the author would focus a little more on the story as in The Siren and the Sword. I give The Tower and the Tears 3.75 out of 5 stars. It will be interesting what happens to Kyle in the next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had a few minor complaints about Siren & Sword: that there wasn’t much body diversity, relationship diversity, and the magic was so minor. All of those are vastly improved in The Tower and the Tears, to such a degree that I’m going to have to scramble to criticise anything at all!
Perhaps my eyes glossed over the initial description of Marjory in Siren & Sword, but it’s definitely clear in Tower & Tears that she’s a woman of size. Not only that, but she’s one of two women of size that are Kyle’s sex partners! What a thrill, not only to have my body type appear, but shown as sexy, intelligent, powerful beings!
I was disappointed in the passivity of Kyle’s first girlfriend, but none of his partners in Tower & Tears are meek. They’re hungry women with sexual appetites to match and even outstrip Kyle’s, and he works his magic through his cock! I particularly like the fiery Irish young woman Ciara, a fellow Esoteric Studies student. Their sex was often focused on mastering new sex magic techniques, but trust me, those were extremely yummy scenes. How I wish my college homework had been similar!
Relationship diversity was plentiful, as Kyle and his friends make a natural transition into a polyamorous quad. It was so skillfully written, that I couldn’t help but wallow in gentle memories of my own first poly quad, my boyfriend and our best friends naturally dissolving the boundaries between friends and lovers. Easy as falling into bed. The complicated stuff comes later.
There’s more magic in this book, and it’s bigger and better. Maybe that’s intentional, that in the first book Kyle was such a newbie to the magical world that he kept assuming magic all around him was just mundane actions. Like, say, jumping a subway gate instead of working a little magic to fool the machine. This time around, I’m ready to sign up for Esoteric Studies, to use sex for mind reading and emotional healing and so much more. I’m disappointed at the choice Kyle makes at the very end, but I suspect it’s not as final as it sounded.
I can’t be specific without mentioning spoilers, but my fellow bisexuals will be thrilled to see that Kyle definitely acts on more of his inclinations in this book. His partner is one I’d suspected in the first book was set up as a “so much hate, it must be love” type, but the circumstances of their getting together and what happens afterwards are not anything I could have possibly predicted.
This is an excellent book, and I can’t wait to see the reissue of the next one! I bet it’s going to have another gorgeous cover. I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading it just as much as these first two.
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