If you look at Harry Potter, it seems to me you come away thinking of magic as something having to do with special powers or incantations. This story leaves me with a different impression of the nature of magic. Less supernatural. More connected to the mystery that each of the women bring forth from their 'hidden places', a little root or twisted paper, or irridescent beetle. There's a sense of conspiracy which is communicated very explicitly, without regard to language barrier or even tongelessness, that arises from womanhood surrounding the male characters. Finally, the idea that no place on earth turns out to be everywhere.
I'm left with the impression that Aliya has brewed me a cup of coffee. Now that I've drunk it, I'm outside the story (harem), the images around me are difficult to explain, I'm a bit disoriented, as if I'm experiencing what the narrator has just described.
Come to think, the effect is kind of magical. Which proves that special powers and incantations are very real, if by incantation and special powers you mean a good writer telling a well-written story.
I don't think I've killed myself by drinking the coffee, and don't think the narrator has, either.
Never judge anyone until you have biopsied their brain.
"Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."
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