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Magic for Liars

by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars Synopsis

GOODREADS: The Hottest Books of Summer 2019 OMNIVORACIOUS: 10 Most Anticipated SF and Fantasy Books of Summer EW: Books to Read in June POPSUGAR: 21 New Books You Need to Read GOODREADS: Meet the Rising Stars of Science Fiction and Fantasy LITHUB: Ultimate Summer Books Preview REFINERY 29: The Best Books of June 2019 AV CLUB: Books to Read in June BUSTLE: 50 New Books of Summer 2019 GOODREADS: The 24 Most Popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels of 2019 THE VERGE: 11 New SFF Books to Check Out GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading BUZZFEED: 29 Summer Books to Get Excited About Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in Magic for Liars, a fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it. Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life - or at least, she's perfectly fine. She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister. Ivy Gamble is a liar. 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. An unmissable debut. --Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

Magic for Liars Press Reviews

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 Ivy Gamble may not be magic herself, but she casts a spell all the same--and so does Gailey --Barnes and Noble

Book Information

ISBN: 9781250174628
Publication date: 8th June 2020
Author: Sarah Gailey
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Fantasy,

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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