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About SA Magnusson
SA Magnusson lives in Minneapolis and writes urban fantasy and scifi. As a practicing physician, SA wanted to mix medicine with a love for fantasy fiction, particularly urban fantasy, creating what one reader described as ER meets the Dresden Files.
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Leo Berlin never wanted to mess around with magic. He wanted to become a doctor. Help people. Save lives. But when his free-spirited sister Nora disappeared under suspicious and likely mystical circumstances, it threw a troll-sized wrench in Leo’s plans.
The idea was simple. Drop out of med school. Make a deal with a gorgeous Fairy Queen. Accept the intoxicatingly powerful magical abilities she could bestow upon him. Use them to find Nora—and to put an end to anyone who had hurt her or stolen her away.
The execution? A little sloppier. For a year now, Leo has been running a dubious magical medical practice while searching for clues as to Nora’s whereabouts—and only now has he stumbled on something promising. Word on the street is that a guild of wizards is meeting on the summer solstice, and Leo has caught wind that someone matching Nora’s description might be there.
Just when Leo thinks he might have finally made the break in Nora’s disappearance that he’s needed for so long, something else is dumped into his lap. Someone in the city’s clubs spiking drinks with dark magic. Worse, across the Twin Cities, even more young women are going missing—and if Leo doesn’t find them, he’s not sure anyone will.
Leo Berlin never wanted to be a warlock. He’d trained as a doctor but dropped out of medical school when his sister disappeared right before his graduation. Now he spends his nights running a magical medical practice and searching for Nora.
After stopping the Thelemic Guild, and finding Nora with them in the process, he’s the only one who can rescue her. By preventing the Guild from tearing through the shroud obscuring access to the magical source, he’s earned a bit of respect from the deadly and dangerous Fairy Queen who’d granted him power.
Saving Nora should be easy now… only nothing is ever easy for Leo.
A strange attack on his apartment leaves him scrambling for answers, all while dealing with a sexy witch and long repressed feelings for his friend Bells. Other similar attacks throughout the city point to an uncontrolled warlock wreaking havoc. Leo might be the only one able to stop them—if he doesn’t get burned in the process.
Working in the ER gives me a chance to help people while hiding from the magical world. It’s a place where few magical folk ever visit, and never by choice.
When a patient comes into the ER with a magical injury, I’m forced to use my magic to heal, but doing so draws the wrong kind of attention to me. This time, I doubt Aron can help, especially since I know my type of magic isn’t dark magic at all.
It’s worse. Much worse.
Wanting nothing more than to hide from my powers, I’m thrust into the center of a budding war between factions of mages. The Dark Council wants to use me, but I worry as much about the mage council discovering what I am. They’ll do worse than burn off my magic. They’ll be forced to kill me.
With my work suffering, I have to find a way to end the magic attacks, or I might not only be forced into the magical world, I might lose my job.
Postmortem is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a mixture of medicine and magic that will leave you breathless.
After my mother’s return, I understand that she is responsible for the strange attacks that have taken place ever since I became embroiled in the magical world. My grandparents think they can save her, but I’m not as certain.
When she summons those with power to her cell, I’m the only one who sees the danger in agreeing to her terms.
Dragged deeper into the magical world, I find that there is a greater plot afoot than only my mother. Someone has been guiding and teaching her, granting her access to power that no mage should have. Understanding who that is will take me to a place I never wanted to go—the other side of the Veil.
In order to end the attacks on the Veil and survive, I need to understand just what I am, but the power that I’ve avoided my entire life until now just might destroy me first.
No longer afraid of my magic, I’ve begun experimenting with how to use it when working in the ER. While on a surgery rotation, my use of magic reveals a dangerous new threat and a type of magic I had not known about before, making me a target.
Exhausted from my current rotation, sleep deprived from call, I have to hold it together while chasing down information about my patient and the magical attack. When a friend gets injured, I’m the only one able to search for answers, but the search leads me into even greater danger—and this time, I might not escape.
Forced to use destructive magic linked to death, I have to decide if I want to be a doctor or a mage. Worse, with both sides pulling at me and a war brewing in the city, I don’t know if I’ll have much of a choice.
Hemorrhage is a thrilling fantasy mystery with a combination of medicine and magic that will leave you breathless.
I’ve avoided the magic on this side of the Veil while training as an ER doctor. It was a way of hiding my dark magic from the mage council. I always feared them discovering my type of magic and burning it out of me, and in doing so, destroy my mind.
Everything changes when I make the mistake of saving a sexy knight of the mage council from a magical attack.
Now revealed to the council, I’m dragged into a world I wanted nothing to do with. I need to use my training to protect me, understand my magic, or I’ll lose everything I’ve worked for. Somehow, I’ve got to balance my training in medicine along with my growing responsibilities to magic. Not an easy feat when chased by demons, vampires, and a magical threat the world has never seen.
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★★★★★ ‘As another reviewer wrote; ER meets Harry Dresden’
★★★★★ ‘Medicine + Magic = awesome’
★★★★★ ‘Who, working in an ER, wouldn't like some magic?’
★★★★★ ‘I highly recommend this book and series!’
★★★★★ ‘Katie is a kick ass, powerful heroine, who knows Karate.’
★★★★★ ‘Medicine and magic a perfect combination’
★★★★★ ‘Wow, I never thought about medicine and magic together. It works!’
★★★★★ ‘If you loved any of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, or Faith Hunter's books, you will love these books and this author.’
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During Leo Berlin’s service as a warlock, he’s made plenty of enemies, but few friends. The Thelemic Guild still wants him dead, and now that he’s stopped the Order of No, he has more people after him.
When his vampire friend Helena asks for his help, Leo can’t say no.
But helping Helena means digging deeper into parts of the magical community he’d rather avoid. With a vampire hunter chasing Helena’s coven, Leo has to lean on friends and a few enemies for help, all while avoiding getting even more entangled in the fairies’ plans.
Worse, if Leo fails, a much worse threat will be unleashed upon the Cities—and it’s one Leo would be powerless to stop.
I’ve feared my magic my entire life, knowing my mother had chased dangerous magic before her death. I’ve never been able to look into how—or why—she died. Until now.
I have a name.
While struggling to help Aron, I use my new allies to search for information about the person who might be responsible for my mother’s death. With the appearance of a new mage and abilities far beyond anything I’ve ever encountered, I’m forced to abandon that search and find some way of stopping power that taps into the magic on the other side of the Veil.
Only—how can I stop a power that calls to me?
I’m close to understanding what I am, but this mage stands in my way. I intend to stop her… or die trying.
I’ve managed to stay under the radar as I continue my ER residency. All I need is to finish it out and I can get away from Minneapolis and the magic all around me. For so long, that was what I wanted. And still do… even if I can’t help it as magic begins to creep into my work.
When an injured shifter shows up in my ER with my name on him, I have no choice but to try and understand why, but doing so risks exposing my magical side to the one place I wanted to conceal it from.
Partnering with Aron leads to a discovery in the north woods that I alone think will impact magic in the city. When the mage council refuses to get involved with shifter business, I lean on a different sort of ally, but even that might not be enough to save us.
The magic attacking is like nothing I’ve faced before. This time, the Veil can’t protect us. A search for answers yields only more questions. And as the attacks progress, I need to figure out what sort of magic I have to stop the threat—or I’ll be the next victim.
Malignant Magic is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a mixture of medicine and magic that will keep you reading late into the night.
A desire demon is loose in the city and Leo Berlin might be the only one who can stop it, but has to deal with new fairies trying to coerce him into serving while dealing with those he’s already agreed to serve.
He’s already torn the demon free of its host before, but now it’s jumping from host to host in the city and Leo fears what might happen when it reaches its final host.
If he can avoid the fairies and their agenda, he just might be able to stop the demon before it harms someone he cares about, or worse, destroys the entire city.
I’ve avoided the magic on the this side of the Veil, staying within the realm of the nonmagical while training as an ER doctor. It’s a way of hiding my dark magic from the mage council. If they discover my type of magic, the chances are good they’ll burn it out of me, and in doing so, destroy my mind.
Everything changes when I make the mistake of saving a sexy knight of the mage council from a magical attack. Not only am I revealed to the council, but when a high-ranking member of the council is poisoned, and no magical treatment is effective, I’m called upon to figure out what happened—and how to save him.
Now I’m caught up in a magical plot beyond my abilities. Survival requires I use the dark magic flowing within me, but can I do it and avoid detection? And can I learn why my magic is so different than others with dark magic?
I’m used to living on the edge of the magical world, but when I’m thrust into the heart of it, I need to use my training to protect me, or I’ll lose everything I’ve worked for.
Flatline is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a mixture of medicine and magic that will leave you breathless.
Medicine and Magic
3. Malignant Magic
Nearing the end of my ER training, I should be spending my days getting ready for my first real job. Instead, now that I know I’m a hedge mage, I study magic, trying to figure out how I can use it and whether I have a specific talent. When one of my new magical friends comes to me for help with a murder, somehow I have the connections necessary to figure out what happened—and why they were killed.
Solving the mystery brings me deeper into the magical world, but is that what I want? When someone close to me nearly dies, my knowledge of medicine isn’t enough and I have no choice but to chase the magic in me.
If I can discover my talent in time, I might be able to survive what’s coming—and stop another from gaining power no mage is meant to possess.