Hard Magic

Hard Magic

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Laura Anne Gilman

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  • Publisher: Mira Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 1mm x 1mm x 1mm | 1g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Don Mills
  • ISBN 10: 0778304965
  • ISBN 13: 9780778304968
  • Sales rank: 400,523

Product description

WELCOME TO PRIVATE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS A handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can't touch - crimes of magic My name's Bonnie Torres. Recent college graduate, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn't applied for. It seemed too good to be true but I needed the work...Two days later I'm a Private Paranormal Investigator - me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twenty-somethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic, answerable only to the evidence, the truth. The first job we get is a high-profile case - proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are people who want us to close up shop and go away. We're sniffing out things they need to keep buried. Looks as if this job is going to get interesting. The only problem is, we're making it up as we go along...

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By Mikaela 30 Jul 2011 5

For me, Laura Anne Gilman are one of those authors that you gradually get hooked on. And this is Gilman at her best.

This novel is set in the Cosa Nostradamus universe, just like her Retrivers novels. But while the Retrievers mainly are focused on Lonejacks, this one gives a glimpse into how someone raised by a Council mentor thinks. The Cosa is in upheaval, the tension between Lonejacks, Council and Fatae ( non-humans) are increasing. The founding of P.U.P.I create strong feelings in the Council.

It was fascinating to read about what happens when something new is formed. The training required, how others reacts. The plot were well written, and filled with unexpected twists.

What made this stand out were the characters. I loved how she displayed the headbutting that always occur on a workplace. Also, I liked how she deftly wove the uncertainty of the sitaution into the plot. First, Bonnie's nagging doubt if she would get a job at all. Then, the worry if they would get to keep the job.


The only thing that stop this from becoming 5 is the ending. It felt cut short, on the other hand they are investigators, not cops.