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Magical Gains by Nicola E. Sheridan
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Apr 24, 2011

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Be careful what you wish for: a common warning given to the nascent by the wise, and the reason that always follows the advice is ‘because you just might get it.’ But inexorably, someone doesn’t listen. Nicola E. Sheridan’s Magical Gains is the granted wish of an entire generation of readers bored with the same old supernatural tale plotted, produced, and packaged, but few of those starving many will be prepared for what Sheridan has cooked up. In her novel, magical beings are not only real, but people know about them. Not only that, they’re even exploited like a superior minority would be. Bound by this complexly involved and creatively realized premise is a love story that has all the trappings of romance, not just the easily won, happy bits, but also the uneasy, awkward portions as well. Sheridan does not hesitate to paint her pictures realistically with gripping detail and courageous diction. You will understand her heroine, Primrose, and empathize with the nettling decisions forced upon her by Imran the genie. You’ll understand her laughter and internalize her tears. Hidden beneath the work’s smooth skin and supple curves are all the common and necessary things that make people human, and that is precisely what makes Sheridan’s Magical Gains worthy of acquiring.
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