"Sometimes it may seem like we need magic to find happiness. "La Maga: A Story about Sorcerers and Magi" is a sensual fantasy novel following lady mage Sofia la Maga as she returns home to help a troubled teen, who happens to be the son of a renowned sorcerer. A tale marked by sorcerers' exotic charisma as well as social unrest against injustice, and the repercussions of an unruly system of magic, "La Maga" is tempestuous soiree into mystic mysteries."
--The Midwest Book Review midwestbookreview.com
“La Maga captures the otherworldliness of Harry Potter but tackles larger political, spiritual, and emotional issues. [The] writing style drew me in from Sofia’s awkward walk down the school hallway through her complicated relationship with Leo De Lux and a life-or-death magical battle and all the way to hope for what today might be called Occupy the Inner and Outer Planes! . . . La Maga is an engaging read for anyone who refuses to think that what we see is all that exists, a trip into a parallel universe that gives unique, playful form to the concepts of Shaktipat, Buddhism, folk magic, mysticism, the occult and adolescent rebellion all mixed together into a brilliant, poignant and ultimately timely story.”
“This is a novel of magic by a true expert in both Western and Eastern systems of magic and mysticism. The author’s knowledge shines throughout the narrative, exciting the reader with tastes of this-world esoterica amplified in to the scale of an amazing universe of multiple plains of reality. Within all the magical and metaphysical goings-on are stories of young love, generational conflict, and spiritual transformation. A source of enjoyment and enlightenment for young and old!” .
"A wonderful read to get lost and then found in. "
[Review refers to The Fallen Fairy]
“. . . I am also incredibly impressed with the depth of knowledge that the author appears to have for various mystical and spiritual arts from the mainstream to the more obscure. It’s a smooth read, peppered with layers of deep spiritual teachings and references should the reader’s interest be piqued. The mystical and spiritual details read like poetry, not preaching. It’s a skillfully rendered sensual work about magical beings that inhabit their world, and more surprisingly, our own.” .
Good fantasy that makes you think of concepts broader than most literature out there does. I love how the main female character Bellaluna is so easy to relate to, yet complex in her emotions and thoughts. Give this a read if you're looking for a more adult version of the Harry Potter series. "
[Review refers to The Fallen Fairy]
What makes this book important is that it tells you what you need to know from someone who has been there. It is the sort of thing that a teacher might pass on to their students, but keep secret from the rest of the world . . . . Those that actually experiment with this sort of stuff will find it invaluable. It gives you clues to how the Seal is supposed to be used, and also the sorts of problems you are likely to suffer as a result. It also reveals a lot more of the nature of the Olympic Spirits . . . . This sort of book is the occult equivalent of a science journal where the experiment is available for peers to look at and work with themselves . . . . When I wrote my own books I put in lots of stories with some of them being about me which are not that flattering. What I did not do was write an effective diary of each of my experiments as Seal of the Secrets of the World does. While I would argue my books sugar the pill a bit, Soror ZSD23 has made her subject more directly useful for serious magical workers
Written in a well thought out, balanced and plain language style, easily readable by anyone; Soror ZSD23 has presented us with a much needed introspection, experimentation and analysis of the Arbatel. Material which impacts and relates also to other works in the Olympic genre. Of greatest interest is the sharing of the techniques and results of such workings; both personal and collective. Here is something which is often rare in the field of esoteric studies. -Fra. Mea Fides In Sapientia (Stephen Murtaugh)