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About the Author

Susie Bright calls Cecilia Tan "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." 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 Ms. Magazine,Penthouse, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and Nerve, and she is editorial director of Circlet Press. Her website is www.ceciliatan.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Magic University
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Silk Editions (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159003208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590032084
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,819,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write about my passions, which include baseball, erotica, gourmet food, martial arts, tea, and travel. I write fantasy, science fiction, erotic fiction, paranormal romance, and anything else that stimulates my imagination. My BDSM romance SLOW SURRENDER from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing/Forever Yours won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in erotic romance and the Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

I'm the author of numerous other novels, many published as erotic romance with fantasy and science fiction settings, others published as sf/fantasy with erotic elements, some as erotica... which means I never know what to answer when people ask what genre they are. Fortunately here on Amazon they can be ALL of the above!

My work spans sexualities the same way it spans genres. I write heterosexual, gay, bisexual, and trans characters, and the eroticism runs the gamut from vanilla to bondage to transcendental magical sex.

I'm the author of the Magic University series, a four-book contemporary fantasy about a hidden magical school inside Harvard, recently re-released by Riverdale Avenue Books. The Prince's Boy is my erotic gay high fantasy BDSM swashbuckling romance (not kidding). Daron's Guitar Chronicles is my award-winning gay "coming out and coming of age in the 1980s" series. Struck by Lightning is my BDSM contemporary trilogy from Hachette. There is more in the works, too, of course!

In the erotic short story realm, I've been published everywhere from Ms. magazine to Penthouse, and I'm in many, many anthologies and the Best American Erotica series. Susie Bright called me "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature."

I've also edited many anthologies including Women of the Bite, Cowboy Lover, Sex In The System, Wicked Pleasures, SM Visions, for many different publishers, and many many books and ebooks for the independent publishing house I founded, Circlet Press. Those include Best Fantastic Erotica, Erotic Fantastic, Like an Animal, Like Crimson Droplets, and many others, both for Kindle and in paperback.

In science fiction/fantasy I have been published in Asimov's magazine, Strange Horizons, Absolute Magnitude, and many other places.

I also write and edit baseball nonfiction under the name "Cecilia M. Tan."

You can find out way more about me and my obsessions at www.ceciliatan.com

Customer Reviews

It is way too long for a book with such a thin plot.
Michele Douglas
Lots of interesting characters, well thought out world, great details about the area and the particulars of the magic.
Julie Anne Cox
I am, and other than Harry Potter, I’ve read very few fantasy books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rose on January 3, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a massive fan of the paranormal and anything involving fantasy and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book!

I spent the weekend reading The Siren and the Sword, Magic University Book One, the latest by award-winning erotic romance author Cecilia Tan. I wasn't disappointed, swept in by the delightful dedication Ms. Tan penned into this marvelous book... for all the grown-ups out there who believe in magic.

Proudly, I will count myself among that select group!

The Siren and the Sword is Cecilia Tan's delightful follow-up to the critically-acclaimed novels, MIND GAMES and THE HOT STREAK, combining magic with the erotic in the theme of a "wizard's school." THE SIREN AND THE SWORD is the first of a planned five-book series entitled Magic University, all to debut in ebook form from Ravenous Romance.Having once stood of the grounds of such historical colleges as William and Mary and Harvard, for anyone with imagination, there are those question that tempt the mind. Blame it on the Potter novels, but images of a possible world, more adult and profound, begin to unwind.

Is it possible that there a world that can only be visible to the select few? Are there chosen ones in the world that can see what others overlook? Do the non-gifted walk past portals to the other side, without realizing their existence?

Ms. Tan has written a deliciously wicked and erotic tale that answers those questions. I enjoyed every word Ms. Tan had penned to the page, the magical touches of her story dropping me into the midst of a delightful fantasy world filled with mystery and intrigue.

When Ms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Anne Cox on April 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought I'd read the first of Ms. Tan's Magic U series, give it a try. Within a week, I bought the second book. The next day, I bought the third one. That's how much these stories sucked me in! Lots of interesting characters, well thought out world, great details about the area and the particulars of the magic. Truly awesome stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Lipkin on October 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a huge fan of fantasy set in academia; beyond the nostalgia for the college years, it's a perfect time for character growth and development, and the setting has worked well for a number of books (Robert Silverberg's Book of Skulls and Matt Ruff's Fool on the Hill are two of my favorites).

This book is a blast, one that wears its influences overtly, but is hardly a pastiche. The setup is Harry Potter aged a few years -- Kyle Wadsworth, an orphan who has lived a not-all-that-happy (although hardly HP-miserable) life, finds himself not only accepted at Harvard, but suddenly accepted to Veritas, the secret school-within-the-school that trains wizards. He quickly starts making friends and attempting to catch up on the magic lessons he missed.

Tan doesn't focus that much on the courses, though; this is about Kyle learning skills outside of class, and yes, about him having sex. Technically, both Kyle and his girlfriend Jess remain virgins to preserve the potential magic power their virginity might offer, but as anyone who's ever been a teenager knows, there are plenty of ways to have fun without inserting tab a into slot b. And Tan writes incredibly hot sex scenes throughout the book.

But this isn't just a book about sex. Tan's got a large and great group of characters (including a much more realistic amount of diversity in terms of gender preferences than most college-set novels involve), she's clearly going for long-term plotbuilding (there are a bunch of hooks for future books), and she creates a danger-filled mystery with some nice twists.

Basically, if you're a fan of urban fantasy or academic magic books, you should read this. It's a blast. I'm definitely planning on reading them all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hey-La-La on June 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As cheesy as it sounds, this book is magic. It introduces a nebulous mystery along with sizzling romance that will have you buying the second book in the series before you've even finished this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Siren and the Sword is an erotic urban fantasy that both succeeds and misses the mark as a successful story. The plot is fun and easy to follow. But the writing is substandard and characters paper thin - so much so that is was hard to care about any of them. The author clearly had fun with the erotic scenes, which aren't lurid or over the top. It's a simplistic piece of eye candy that could count as a guilty pleasure.

Story: Kyle receives a grant to Harvard but instead winds up at a different part of the university - one hidden to most. It's there, at Veritas, that students with magical abilities (most having fae backgrounds) learn their crafts. Kyle was an orphan, adopted early in life, and had no idea he had any gifts other than being a descendant of Wordsworth. But he's about to be flung headfirst into a mystery as a succubus attacks and nearly kills one of his friends. He has to find his powers, and fast, if he wants to save Alex's life.

What I did like about this book is that the sex is nice rather than kinky. People enjoy it without reservations (or regard to gender or audience). It's erotic fiction that once you've read it, you won't really feel like you'll need to take a shower afterwards to get the 'filth' off (and I mean that in a really good way). As well, the story flows easily and is a very smooth read.

Problematic is that it is a very shallow story, lacking nuances and depth. Sometimes, a very simple read can be lovely but those with a more sophisticated reading palette will immediately discern the lack of writing chops. Tan is a great storyteller but definitely needs more experience with the writing aspect.

I neither loved nor hated the book. There are four in the series and this first book felt more like bloated introduction filler rather than the beginning of a series arc. But it is also pleasant enough that it is worth continuing.

Reviewed from a free copy from the publisher.
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