Mirah Bolender's fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut, City of Broken Magic, features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons.
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Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic—and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling.
Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die before they finish training.
Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last—and only—sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.
Praise for City of Broken Magic
“This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] fascinating debut…Readers will be antsy for the next installment.”—Library Journal
“An enjoyable, anime-influenced romp.”—Locus
“With complex characters, political intrigue, and discussion of feminism and the caste system…[r]eaders will enjoy City of Broken Magic and its fresh spin on the fantasy genre.”—Booklist
“[A] fast-paced, exciting ride. And an entertaining one.”—Tor.com
“City of Broken Magic shines most brightly in the interactions between the three Sweepers, and fantasy fans will hope for more exploits in Amicae.”—Shelf Awareness
“[I]ncredible attention to detail.”—BookPage
“[F]ull of enough action and intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat all night long.”—The Arched Doorway
“[F]antasy fans will hope for more exploits in Amicae.”—Infinite Reads
“Terrifying shadow monsters haunt a vividly rendered working-class present with the sins of generations past. A thrilling ride, with promise of deeper mysteries to come.”—Max Gladstone, Hugo Award Finalist
“City of Broken Magic explores what happens after the familiar heroes have gone, and the importance of those who remain to begin again.”—Fran Wilde, Hugo and Nebula finalist, award winning author of The Bone Universe.