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An Unkindness of Magicians (Paperback)

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Escape into the Unseen World of real magic. We enter the Unseen World in New York City at the time of the Turning, a magical competition that determines which House will lead the magical world. But we quickly see that the Unseen World has its fair share of problems: magic is being depleted and a serial killer is on the loose. Our badass female protagonist has seen the darkest parts of this world and is determined to reform it for the betterment of all magicians. Kat Howard weaves a fun and magical page-turner about strong women saving the world.

— Nicole

Magic duels! I love it! 

— Karena


“A remarkable writer.” —Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods

An Alex Award Winner

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.

About the Author

Kat Howard’s short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in best of and annual best of collections, and performed on NPR. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Roses and Rot and the Alex Award–winning An Unkindness of Magicians. She is also the writer of the Books of Magic series, set in the Sandman Universe. She lives in New Hampshire, and you can find her on twitter at @KatWithSword.

Praise For…

NPR Best Book of 2017

An Alex Award Winner

“A remarkable writer.”—Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods

"This is an amazing book filled with magic, consequences, and what happens when you fight rather than turning away. This is Omelas, for magic. This is the price that must be paid. This is the story the others forgot to tell.”—Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft and Horizon.

"Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty."—Kirkus

"The characters and the Unseen World flourish in her gorgeous prose."—Publishers Weekly

"Howard’s vengeance-fueled urban fantasy is stylish, macabre, and spellbinding."—Booklist

“Imagine the dueling club in Harry Potter all grown up and out for blood.”—Shelf Awareness

“Howard’s magical world is wonderfully vivid; the magic itself engages all the senses, making each spell feel tangible. The disturbing, thrilling, and lovely moments pulse with striking language, and the fast-paced story is polished with a bit of humor that helps keep the novel light and fun. This riveting book is perfect for readers who want to escape."—San Francisco Book Review

“A really good book. Its characters come vividly alive, its prose is precisely observed, and it’s both tense and incredibly compelling.”—Locus Magazine

“Fun and fast-paced read, and is impossible to look away from.”—

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481451208
ISBN-10: 1481451200
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
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Created At: 10/14/2017 05:27pm
Last Updated At: 9/21/2021 07:23am