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Magic University: The Tower and the Tears: A Ravenous Romance Paperback – Jan 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Silk Editions; 1st edition (Dec 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159003211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590032114
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa67f4ec4) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
HASH(0xa6f5dc78) out of 5 stars More, More, More! March 15 2015
By BloodedBayMare - Published on
Format: Paperback
The second book in Cecilia Tan’s Magic University series delves deeper into the world of Veritas, the secret university that lies within Harvard. The best simple summary for this book is just one word: more. More sex, more magic, more relationships, more friendship, more everything. If there was anything you liked about the first book, The Siren and the Sword, then I highly recommend you revisit with Kyle and his friends in this second installment.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f5de88) out of 5 stars If you wish hard enough Feb. 5 2015
By Silvara Wilde - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

“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)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f63120) out of 5 stars Interesting Erotic Book! Jan. 31 2015
By Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The Tower and the Tears by Cecilia Tan is the second book in the Magic University series. Kyle is starting his sophomore year of college and he has decided to major in esoteric (erotic) arts. In order to be accepted into the department, he will have to pass three tests of the judges choosing. Someone is also stealing the Rings of Lore which are five rings that increase the wearer's abilities if they are worn during esoteric rituals. Kyle, Alex, and friends are busy studying, deciding on their majors, and the try to find out who is stealing the Rings of Lore.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6f63444) out of 5 stars Not as great as the first Aug. 16 2015
By Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was hoping this book would more effectively delve into the world building established in the first book... Unfortunately it didn't do quite enough on that end. It was fun and had lots of interesting sex scenes, but the ending left me feeling a bit like there was something I was missing.
HASH(0xa6f63174) out of 5 stars Reading series can be fun Jan. 6 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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This is the second in the Magic University series. I enjoyed the first book, "Magic University: The Siren and the Sword [Kindle Edition]", enough to purchase this at a higher price, (OK, the first was 0.99), but I tend to purchase the more inexpensive books. This book had more sex or erotica in it than the first, or at least it was more prominent, but it was part of the storyline not just thrown in for the sake of more sex. Sophmore year at University deciding to Major in Esoteric Arts (it is a magic university), falling in lust with someone he's not sure he even likes, having to help others, getting lots of girls, flying brooms, some familiar concepts, some presented in a fresh manner. A very enjoyable read. I liked it enough to procede to purchase and read the next three books(big wince, I have already gone over my January book budget and it is only the 6th.). The books are not expensive, both less than most paperbacks, but I am a cheapskate.
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Spellbinding: Tales from the Magic University [Kindle Edition]