"Harry Potter in NC17 mode"
Harvard was not what Kyle Wadsworth expected. His first day
of college, he gets lost and finds a building that few
other people can see. He discovers, to everyone's surprise,
that he has a hidden but large magical ability, and so he's
accepted into Veritas. The hidden university within Harvard
for magic users.
The Siren and the Sword is the first book of Cecilia
Tan's projected five-volume Magic University series. If you
imagine a sensual, over the age of consent version of Harry
Potter, you wouldn't be too far off the mark. Kyle's
journey of self-discovery is in some ways a familiar one. A
young man finds freedom in college, finds abilities he did
not know he had, and finds a girl he likes, maybe even
loves. The magic adds a level of spice to Kyle's journey.
There are many mysteries that Kyle encounters along the
way. Not least of all is Veritas itself and the world of
magic that exists in parallel with everything Kyle thought
he knew. Then there is the mysterious creature that haunts
the library. But the biggest mystery of all may be Kyle
himself -- who he really is and where his magical abilities
There are many very sensual scenes in the story, with a
final scene that is a climax in a lot of interesting ways.
The Magic University series looks like it's going to be a
fun ride with lots of young adult eroticism. The Siren
and the Sword is a delicious start.
Reviewed by Donald Uitvlugt
Posted May 23, 2011