The Opposite of Magic

Emily Daggett’s childhood dream of finding a wizard, becoming extraordinarily powerful and battling evil is belatedly coming true. In the most screwed-up way possible.

First off, the wizard’s all wrong. Alexander Hartgrave is a thirty-year-old IT worker instead of a silver-haired mage, and he’s dead-set against playing the proper role of helpful mentor.

Worse, he thinks she’s extraordinary, all right — because she’s uniquely incapable of doing magic.

When adventure overtakes her despite (or rather because of) her oddity, she has to start seeing fantasy like a cold-eyed realist, and fast. Otherwise, her bookish expectations about good and evil will get her, Hartgrave and a lot of other people killed.

A B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree. Finalist in the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America’s 2013 Fab Five contest.

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Praise for The Opposite of Magic

“It’s a fabulous read, full of a slow burn romance, spells, magic, battles and mystery.” — Amazon UK top reviewer Jeannie Zelos of Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews

“I made the mistake of starting this late and found myself watching the sun rise because once started I didn’t want to stop. … The magical system and basic premise itself … isn’t quite like anything I’ve read. But the bottom line is that it’s just such a witty and fun book to read with lots of memorable turns of phrase, great sense of pace and a nicely twisty plot. ” — Goodreads top reviewer Harmonybites

“Mystery, fantasy, magic and romance … I cannot give enough praise for Cowley’s work and can’t help but wonder if maybe we could have another adventure with Daggett and Hartgrave?” — Bookworm Girl book blog

“The plot leaves the reader guessing. … The novel is incredibly engaging and intriguing.” — The Broken Bookshelf blog

“Cowley has an amazing talent of making us care about her protagonists. We want to believe in them, and we want to root for them.” — The Nightly Book Owl blog

The Opposite of Magic