An Unkindness of Magicians

An Unkindness of Magicians

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481451192
Call Number: FICTION HOWARD 2017
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 01, 2020

On my for later list because Rachelmanija on dreamwidth reviewed it and said, "Early on, it seems like one of those books where everyone is horrible and that's just the way it is, but it turns out to not be that at all—the society is awful, but the story is about the people trying to fix or overthrow it. A lot of the characters are surprisingly nice; the heroine, an escaped slave who wants to free the other slaves and end slavery, is pleasingly ruthless in pursuit of her genuinely altruistic goal. There are tons of great female friendships and a couple of nice male-female ones too. There’s lots of trauma recovery, and a really good take on PTSD that's not at all the cliched one. The magical duels are inventive and beautifully described.It was all way more up my alley than I thought it would be based on the first few chapters. It’s also extremely page-turny, which is why I kept reading past the first few chapters, and I’m glad I did. It’s the first in a series, but has a reasonable ending."

Jul 06, 2019

"urban fantasy" - place- magic is fading from new York city, can our hero restore the magic and save the city or even the world?

CRRL_MaryB Jan 29, 2019

Interesting world-building and great characters. Sydney - clever, talented, and the smartest one in the room - had me rooting for her from the start.

Aug 08, 2018

I LOVED the world behind this book and the central conflict. What I didn't particularly enjoy was the Mary Sue aspect of the main character. The fact that she was able to perform massive feats of magic to fit the plot was frustrating - as was the speed of the novel's resolution. The plot moved steadily until the last 30 pages where we whipped to the finish line. I wish this book was a duology or trilogy so we could learn more about this world.

Jan 22, 2018

While I enjoyed this book, I did have a difficult time getting into it. The author has chosen not give a lot of context or background to her world building, which I can respect - I don't always want to be spoon fed by the author. However, the world she's built is detailed and nuanced, and it took me a while to be immersed and understand the context the characters live within. Additionally, the story felt over-stuffed with characters and personal motivations. For example, I think the characters of Madison and Harper could have easily collapsed into one, without missing anything from the story. Overall, a good revenge thriller read, with a protagonist I ended up really caring for.

Dec 13, 2017

Loved this book. The pacing was spot on (I didn't find it too fast at all). Enjoyed the characters and world building. If you like Urban Fantasy give it a shot.

Dec 11, 2017

I lost interest in this book in the first a hundred pages. Like other users I thought it could have benefited a great deal if it was slower paced and did a better job establishing characters. I just didn't feel like the conflict was compelling enough neither was the world building. It just felt...shallow.

Dec 05, 2017

This was really a fun, creative book with good characters and an interesting plot. A journey into shadows. One of the better fantasy books that I've read recently.

Nov 24, 2017

I loved this book. It resonated so strongly with me. Couldn't stop reading (yes--it's very fast paced! but I think of it more as lean. no wasted scenes) and the big cast meant we saw a variety of strong women wielding power in a variety of ways. Howard didn't pull any punches with the plot, either; just because it's fast paced doesn't mean it's shallow--there is real grief and loss here.

Oct 14, 2017

A lot of potential in the story and characters but it would have benefitted from being paced a little slower, maybe over two books even.


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