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Magic University: The Siren and the Sword: A Ravenous Romance Paperback – October 1, 2010

4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Magic University Series

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,877 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

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Top Customer Reviews

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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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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(Disclosure: I don't know the author particularly well, but I've long admired her work as an editor, and have submitted material to her publishing house in the past. This hasn't had any impact on my reaction to the book, other than I wouldn't have known about a promo deal on the new edition and run off to buy it if I didn't have her blog on my LiveJournal feed.)

Erotic fantasy novel which is quite openly inspired by Harry Potter. "Inspired by" means "loving homage", not "rip-off"; this is a worthy novel in its own right, and could be enjoyed as such by someone who's never read any of Rowling's books (or indeed any of the other speculative fiction Tan pays homage to). But it's most easily described as what would happen if Harry Potter was an American taking up a scholarship at Harvard University, and on arrival walking into the admin office of a faculty housed in buildings which aren't findable by most people on the campus, to the confusion of himself and the faculty administrators. Since we're dealing with undergraduates here, there's sex. Lots of sex. Sex for actual plot purposes, no less, and all the better for it. For there is indeed a plot, concerning the covert presence on campus of a siren, what that is, and the dangers it poses to the students. It's intertwined with various other plot threads, most of which are resolved satisfactorily while leaving openings for further stories about next year's adventures. While I think there's some room for improvement, it's well written, by someone who understands her material. I liked it a lot, enough to want to read the next one in the series (a quartet of novels plus a collection of short stories). If that brief description sounds like something you'd be interested in reading, I'd recommend you try it out -- the prologue and first chapter are available as free samples on Amazon and other online retailers.
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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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