I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Tower and the Tears by Cecilia Tan
Published by Red Wheel on 2010
Number of Pages: 262
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Purchase: At Amazon
Kyle is a college sophomore worrying about the usual things students do, like what he's going to major in and getting along with his dorm mates, but he attends a most unusual college. He's a student at Veritas, the hidden magical university inside Harvard. Before he got to Harvard, Kyle hadn't even known he was magical. Now he finds he has a talent for sex magic and the erotic arts. Not only that, a girl in his sex magic class has a crush on him. Kyle looks forward to lots of "study sessions" together with Ciara and their friend Marjory, but when their professor is mysteriously attacked, Kyle finds himself embroiled in a mystery deeper than university department politics. Someone has been stealing magical artifacts and the dean suspects Ciara, sending Kyle on a quest to discover the real culprit. Kyle will learn sizzling sexual technique and unleash powerful magic on his incredible erotic journey, but is the study of sex really the route to true love? Perhaps what Kyle needs to learn about most is himself.
“If you wish hard enough, the orgasm fairy will visit you”
So I haven’t actually read book 1 of this series. There were a few things I didn’t quite understand the references to because of this. However, I was able to read almost the entire book with my zero knowledge of book 1 without much confusion.
The synopsis gave me clues that there would be sex in this book. But I was not prepared for the sheer amount of it. Kyle is studying the esoteric arts. Which apparently means his ‘homework’ ends up being sex, lots of sex. And there are 3 tests he must pass in order to become an initiate. All of which require him to perform sex before his teachers for a grade, some of which require him to have sex with multiple partners.
It was well-written, all the sex had legitimate reasons to be in the book at that particular time. It is explicit, without falling over the line into porn. There was also a mystery woven through the book that is resolved by the end.
I liked some of the threads in the book. Like how you shouldn’t have sex with someone you don’t want to have sex with. That love isn’t just between lovers, that you can love your friends just as deeply if in different ways. Doing what is right isn’t always easy, doing what is easy isn’t always right.
I liked Kyle, Alex, Ciara and Frost as characters. I’d like to learn more about them, and see how they change as they go through school. I’m just not sure about picking up the other books in the series because of how much sex was in this book. Maybe the next one will be better since it will feature other classes than this one did. Maybe the first one will have less sex in it because of his not declaring his major until this book.
I’m not sure. I don’t mind sex in general, and this one didn’t have any scenes I had to skim through or that made me cringe. It just felt a bit like there was more concentration on sex than on the rest of the storylines. For every scene or two that centered on something else, the next scene would be sex. Then other plot again, then more sex.
So if you like reading about magic schools, mystery and intrigue, want to add another series to your reading list, and don’t mind sex? This would be for you.