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Book
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York, New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2017]
Description:
354 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"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.
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LCCN:
2016053937
ISBN:
9781481451192
1481451197
Other Number:
962016051
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
367627
Call Number:
YA How
Course Reserves:
0
# System items in:
1
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Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

During the tournament known as the Turning, the magically talented members of the Unseen World vie for rule of their community. The Unseen World is centered in New York, and powerful House Merlin has dominated for generations, based mostly on a spell it claims permits magicians to use magic at little cost to themselves. There is a cost, but the spell allows this flaw to be passed along to the House of Shadows, whose members come from sacrificed children given up by the powerful families. Sydney, a determined heroine fighting to end a despicable system that oppresses children in order to ease the lives of the elite, is one of only two magicians to ever leave the House of Shadows, and she has entered the Turning as a duelist for an upstart house. Her real goal is to bring down the Unseen World. VERDICT Howard, whose debut, Roses and Rot, had more than a touch of the gothic, returns strong with another fantasy with a dark center. The magical duels ratchet up the tension as readers can't be sure Sydney will even survive to achieve her revolution.-MM © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Howard's sophomore novel (after Roses and Rot) is zippy at the expense of character development. Sydney is a magician in an alternate modern-day New York who's hired to represent House Beauchamps in the Turning, a magical competition that determines the hierarchy of houses in the magical community called the Unseen World. Magic isn't an ability magicians have unlimited access to, but rather a resource that can be bottled and transferred from magician to magician. As a child, Sydney was a captive of the House of Shadows, who siphoned some of her magic to strengthen the abilities of other magicians, but she won her partial freedom after challenging the house. Now, with each magical duel she wins, her abilities grow and the reservoir of stolen magic shrinks. The houses in power plan to eliminate her if she survives the Turning. The plot is very rushed, and readers will find Sydney difficult to connect with; any obstacles or sources of tension are no match for her magic. The other characters treat events that should be devastating without prolonged concern, thus discouraging the reader from getting emotionally involved. When Howard slows down, both the characters and the Unseen World flourish in her gorgeous prose, but these moments are too few. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

One woman's quest for revenge transforms New York City's hidden, magical community in Howard's second dark fantasy novel. In the Unseen World, power can be made and unmade during the Turning, when each House's champion magicians selected by blood or hired by contract duel for prominence. New Houses may be established, powerful ones may fall, and one House will become ruler. For Sydney, an unknown magician with matchless ability, contracting with a candidate house offers a chance to destroy the House of Shadows, the Unseen World's shameful open secret. However, others want to expand Shadows' parasitic influence or steal its ill-gotten power. Howard's vengeance-fueled urban fantasy is stylish, macabre, and spellbinding, if occasionally overwrought. The bureaucratic machinations behind the magic add an interesting layer to the violent competition. Sydney's overpowered magic is balanced by her sacrifices in exchange; her emotional and physical trauma keep her vulnerable, even while crushing her enemies. Howard rarely checks her story's forward momentum, preferring to whip through scenes that should have greater import, but it's a wild ride to the satisfying finish.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2017 Booklist
Summary
"A remarkable writer." --Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods <br> <br> An Alex Award Winner <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
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