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Magic for Liars : A Novel

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When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister - without losing herself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 138 x 217 x 30mm | 419g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250174619
  • 9781250174611
  • 95,428

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Praise for Magic for Liars

"A queerer, older, quicker-paced Harry Potter, concerned with the childhood grudges that adults can't get over."--Refinery 29

"We can't wait to see what Sarah Gailey does next!"--Crimereads, the most anticipated crime books of summer

"With winks to multiple genres, Sarah Gailey's Magic for Liars shows that their talent has no trouble extending to a full-length novel."--Culturess

"In a very short time, Sarah Gailey has distinguished themself as one of science fiction's best new writers." --BoingBoing

"The world has little mercy; but it does have heart, and like Ivy, it carries on despite its scars."--NPR

"Magic for Liars is a perfect, spare, delectable novel that features a masterful narrative structure, terribly human characters occupying realistically magical settings, and more. The prose is spot-on and paints an intimate, flawed portrait of how a world like Gamble's would function, from the moment she tells the disbelieving bartender magic exists to the moment she walks out on her sister. I can't recommend it highly enough." --Tor.com

"There's something for almost all readers here... Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh-so-interesting" --Booklist (starred review)

"Clever and fast-paced... a wonderfully quirky mystery filled with inviting characters and gripping surprise twists." --Publishers Weekly

"A poignant and bittersweet family tragedy disguised as a mystery but with a magic all its own." --Kirkus

"Veronica Mars with a bit of Harry Potter" --The Nerd Daily

"Sarah Gailey mashes hard-bitten detective noir into the magical YA world of Harry Potter in Magic For Liars... a Syfy series waiting to happen." --AV Club

"The sharpest female protagonist of the summer"--The Mary Sue
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About Sarah Gailey

Hugo Award-winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction, Tor and Uncanny Magazine. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor and was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula Award finalist.
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Rating details

13,941 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 18% (2,493)
4 41% (5,710)
3 32% (4,439)
2 8% (1,080)
1 2% (219)
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