How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real Magic
Nora knows she needs to move on, and forget about magic. She's back in graduate school, and her life is going surprisingly well. She doesn't need to think about other worlds, about enchantments and demons, or about magicians—even though she once aspired to become one herself. Most of all, she really should forget the magician Aruendiel, who shared the secrets of magic with her but fiercely guarded the deepest secrets of his heart.
Then a chance encounter gives Nora the opportunity to slip between worlds again—and the next phase of her magical education begins.
Clever, lush, and riveting, with the same wry humor and vivid characters that delighted fans of its prequel, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker's new novel opens a portal into a brilliantly realized world of enchantment, love, and danger. Readers of Philip Pullman, Deborah Harkness, Catherynne Valente, and Susanna Clarke will find much to relish on this journey.
"I'm not sure what I love more about How to Talk to a Goddess and Other Lessons in Real Magic—its immersive world of enchantments, so lavishly imagined, or its characters, who are wise and funny and flawed, who win me over with their compelling voices, their wit and heart. A splendid follow-up to The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic—a sparkling, smart, irresistible read."—Sally Rosen Kindred, author of Book of Asters and Where the Wolf
"In Emily Croy Barker's new novel, magic happens exquisitely, seductively, dangerously."—Richard Horan, author of Goose Music and Seeds
How to talk to a goddess…huh?
Interesting perspective on magic but too many plot holes and so much unexplored territory. Too many teasers and foreshadows that never go anywhere. Ended abruptly like a tv series that gets cancelled. A third book would have helped to fill in the holes and add richness to the story. Disappointing.
This book had potential but fell short of realizing it. The ending (despite the book being drawn out in places) was unusually abrupt with little satisfaction for the reader. I can see how there is room for a third concluding volume in the series, but I won’t be reading it if there is. The book has a few interesting elements but there’s something magical missing that I can’t fully pinpoint.