Magic University is a series of erotic/fantasy books about, well, a magic university. It's about a young man named Kyle Wadsworth as he arrives at Veritas, a magic campus hidden inside the University of Harvard, and only visible to those with The Sight. Completely unaware of the magical culture, Kyle must learn the ways of magic, as well as dealing with typical college problems.
Written by Cecilia Tan, and admittedly taken inspiration from Harry Potter, the series main focus is the The Power of Love manifested by the ways of passion and sex. The main conflict of the series comes from The Prophecy of the Burning Days, a mysterious event in which magical life suffers a huge cataclysm. Extremely NSFW.
The series contains three main books:
- The Siren and the Sword, first published in July, 2009 as an e-book and October 2014 as hard copy.
- The Tower and the Tears, published in February 2010 as e-book and January 2015 as hard copy.
- The Incubus and the Angel, published both as hard copy in April 2015.
- The Poet and The Prophecy, published as e-book in September 2011 and as hard copy in September 2015.
It also includes the book Spellbinding: Tales from the Magic University, a collection of short stories featuring characters from the books, published first as an e-book in June 2011 and hard copy in July 2015.
- All-Loving Hero: Kyle is pretty much this, with focus on the all loving part.
- Anything That Moves: The Esoterics have this as their job qualification, as it requires them to be able to have sex with everyone for ritualistic proposes.
- This eventually gets Deconstructed by the relationship between Dean Bell and Master Brandish: while he is capable of having sex with women for professional reasons, he isn't actually attracted to them, and after Brandish transitions to female, they can't keep their relationship going, and he becomes so traumatized that he quits Esoterics and becomes a Blood Mage, who are essentially celibate.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Played with. While this is certainly true from Frost's end, Kyle actually misses both parts of it at first. In the beginning, he is completely oblivious to Frost's attraction to him, and never really reciprocates the belligerent part of the trope.
- Bittersweet Ending: Kyle and Frost end up together and are very happy, and most of the magical world is safe, but many magic users lost their magic, and some their minds, and Kyle realizes that he is not actually a part of the Prophesied Pair, and that while he and Frost are deeply in love, they are not necessarily destined to be Happily Ever After and that just the fact the fact that they're infatuated right then does not mean that they're good for each other in the long run, especially with Kyle himself admitting that he loves the idea of being in love almost as much as he loves his actual partners.
- Blood Magic: Dean Bell is a blood mage, a practice that allows him to survive without food and very little rest with only a few drops of blood a month.
- Brought Down to Normal: Once the magical crises starts getting worse, many magic users lost their Sight and magical capacity, including Dean Bell, which causes great anguish to him to being incapable to properly exercise his duty to protect Veritas.
- Closet Key: Frost to Kyle.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Well, not exactly a comic book casting, but the depiction of Frost in the last book's cover has a staggering resemblance to a certain someone
- A Day in the Limelight: Spellbinding: Tales from the Magic University.
- Energy Absorption: The siren, AKA Michael Candlin, feeds on its partners' energy while having sex with them, as poor Frost realized.
- Geas: This form of magic is used to maintain the secrecy of the magic world and punish rogue magic users.
- Good People Have Good Sex
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Alex and Kyle. Well, not that heterosexual, if the events of Spellbinding are taken in account, especially considering that effectively Everyone Is Bi where they live. Alex even admits that Kyle is pretty much the most important person in his life, even if the feeling is not mutual.
- The Magic Goes Away: The main conflict of the books comes from the main characters efforts to avoid this. In the end, it's revealed that this has happened many times during the history of magic, being responsible for the extinction of many magical species, like the Sphinx, and that its occurrence is tied with the Geas, the spells utilized by magic users to maintain the secrecy of their world.
- Mindlink Mates: This can happen between magic users, particularly Esoterics, in some circumstances.
- The Power of Love: The main point of the history.
- Trans Equals Gay: Subverted by Frost, who is openly bisexual. While he does enjoy being a boy, he does not stop being attracted to them just because he's got the body of one.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Surprisingly enough, considering the main point of the series, the main character is criticized for this, since he basically rewrites The Prophecy of The Prophecized Pair in the belief and hope that it was about him being destined to find true love. It wasn't. In the end of the book, while he and Frost are deeply in love, he himself admits that he knows very little about him and that he honestly just loves the idea of being in love.