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When a disillusioned grad student still stinging over the break-up with her longtime boyfriend wanders through the portal to a magical world, sparks fly and chaos erupts in The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker. As Nora Fischer languishes pampered and exalted in the magical world of the Faitoren, curious thoughts of her real self scroll through the back of her mind. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real MagicChosen by the handsome heir apparent of the kingdom to be his bride, Nora soon finds her fairy tale marriage is an allusion. When her handsome prince reveals his real scales, Nora, now pregnant, reaches out to the strange magician Aruendiel who sweeps her away to an opposing kingdom where magic can be learned.

After Nora delivers her child, presumed dead, she’s gripped by the reality of where she is, what she’s done, and how she’s diabolically bound to her wicked Faitoren husband. With the help of Aruendiel, Nora begins learning to wield magic of her own and joins the powerful magician in defense against the insidious Faitoren who want Nora back. The cliffhanger at the end points to a sequel in what promises to be a popular series among readers who like magic and thrills with a sprinkle of romance.

From Barker’s website: A graduate of Harvard University, Emily Croy Barker has been a magazine journalist for more than 20 years. She is currently executive editor at The American Lawyer magazine. This is her first novel.

Follow Emily Barker on Twitter: @EmilyCroyBarker.