Maggie Morton has a knack for employing magic in a rather unexpected manner in her novel, Out of this World. The book began with a rather standard procedural scenario, with the main character, Iris, falling into another world, wholly different from Earth. The unexpected begins in the new realm filled with magic, but the magic seems to be more along the lines of sex magic — whether that’s intentional or not by Ms Morton, that’s what seems to be the case.
The first act of magic in the new realm, apart from steamy sex between Iris and the woman upon which she lands, Ananda, is to zap sex toys into the plot. The rest of the plot follows a rather formulaic road through danger and adventure, although the focus stays mainly on the developing relationship between Iris and Ananda and their abundance of sexual exploits.
The use of magic and attributes of fantasy seems more like a setting for erotic intrigue than a work of fantasy fiction.
So, if the reader wishes to get caught up in a work of erotica, complete with an array of sex toys and fairly steamy, though relatively tame sex acts, then this book is recommended. If the reader seeks escapist les-fic fantasy, replete with a magical edge, then Out of this World, completely misses the mark.
(publisher review copy received)