Dark Metropolis

By Jaclyn Dolamore

People are disappearing. Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder hears the rumors, yet she will slightly make ends meet, not to mention fear approximately strangers who have long gone lacking. Her mom is cursed with a spell that is using her mad, and every time they contact, Thea is chilled through the magic, too. Thea needs to make a residing for either one of them during this sinister urban, the place risk lurks and greed principles.

Thea spends her nights waitressing on the decadent phone membership, getting to the glitzy customers. but if her ally, Nan, vanishes, Thea is pressured to discover her. She meets Freddy, a tender, magnetic purchaser on the membership, and he is of the same opinion to aid her discover the city's secrets-even as he hides secrets and techniques of his own.

Together, they find a new facet of the town. Unrest is brewing at the back of closed doorways as whispers of a ugly magic unfold. quickly, Thea and Freddy start to detect nightmarish truths in regards to the city's darkish underbelly, and that point is operating out for Nan. And if they don't seem to be cautious, the masterminds at the back of the disappearances can be after them, too.

Jaclyn Dolamore weaves a chilling story with a slightly of magic during this lyrical mystery, the place the useless do not continuously appear to remain that method.

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Performing Dark Arts: A Cultural History of Conjuring (Intellect Books - Theatre and Consciousness)

By Michael Mangan

From David Blaine’s death-defying feats of will to Harry Potter’s boarding-school victories opposed to evil forces, the darker aspect of magic and its functionality sincerely moves a cultural nerve. The conjuror’s act of bringing the most unlikely into being and summoning either the gruesome and magnificent with a unexpected gesture demanding situations spectators’ assumptions of truth and delusion. Performing darkish Arts explores the anomaly of the magican and the wider cultural implications of magic’s attack on human perception.
Michael Mangan illuminates the historical past of the conjuring arts and assessments the limits of theatrical scholarship by way of interpreting magic acts along extra traditional dramatic types. This bracingly unique quantity discusses the performances of person magicians and public reception in their acts and locates the mysterious cultural value of the darkish arts and those that perform them. Shining a gentle at the gray region among performing and being, notion and fact, Performing darkish Arts is a ebook that may open your brain to the probabilities of magic.
 
“If you need to find out about the single trick that each one reliable conjurers have up their sleeve, the oldest within the book—here it really is, rehearsed around the centuries. it truly is to ensure that whichever cup the viewers appears under—mere chicanery or genuine sorcery—the ball isn't there.”—Mark Stafford, Times (UK)
 
“Conjurors as performers have consistently had a distinct area of interest in exploiting the wonderful or the uncanny and buying and selling upon our desire or delusion that a few genuine magic should be at paintings. Mangan’s pleasant e-book indicates that they're going to regularly have the ability to do so.”—Rob Hardy, Commercial Dispatch
 
“This is an erudite e-book which wears its scholarship calmly and is a excitement to learn. complicated theoretical frameworks are brought in ways in which will lead them to available to the final reader, and the book's argument opens up new implications and functions for the learn of magic as functionality. . . . i used to be really stunned and overjoyed with lots of Mangan's observations.”—Roberta Mock, collage of Plymouth, United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Secrets of the Crown. by Adam Epstein, Andrew Jacobson

By Adam Jay Epstein

The second one magical experience in an enormous new trilogy -- an exhilarating combination of edge-of-your-seat motion, laugh-out-loud humour and unforgettable characters. No ask yourself Sony snapped up movie rights, to be directed by way of Pixar animator Doug Sweetland. A curse has befallen the land of Vastia, doing away with human magic. merely animals may be able to forged spells, and it's as much as highway clever cat, Aldwyn, know-it-all blue jay Skylar, and clumsy tree frog Gilbert to avoid wasting the Queendom from the evil threatening it. And orphan Aldwyn discovers the reality approximately his previous, embarking on a trip that brings him towards the daddy he by no means knew. An epic and motion crammed event with a sprinkling of animal magic!

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Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 2)

By Jim Butcher

In Furies of Calderon, number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Jim Butcher brought readers to a global the place the forces of nature take actual shape. yet now, it truly is human nature that threatens to throw the world into chaos…

For centuries, the folk of Alera have harnessed the furies—elementals of earth, air, hearth, water, wooden, and metal—to defend their land from aggressors. yet no fury can shop them from the hazards they face inside of. A mysterious assault from around the sea has weakened the 1st Lord. may still he fall, a bloody civil conflict is inevitable. The accountability of heading off assassination makes an attempt and treachery in the First Lord’s circle of spies falls on Tavi, the single guy with out fury to name…

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has no suggestion how well-known he's. that is simply because he is being raised via his depressing aunt and uncle who're terrified Harry will research that he is rather a wizard, simply as his mom and dad have been. yet every thing adjustments whilst Harry is summoned to wait an notorious institution for wizards, and he starts to find a few clues approximately his illustrious birthright. From the superb means he's greeted via a lovely immense, to the original curriculum and colourful school at his strange tuition, Harry unearths himself drawn deep inside of a paranormal international he by no means knew existed and toward his personal noble future.

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Love & Sleep (Aegypt)

By John Crowley

Love & Sleep is a contemporary masterpiece, either amazing and literary.

In its contemporary overview of the fourth (and ultimate) Agypt novel, Bookforum acknowledged: “We may well someday glance on Agypt's publishing historical past with an analogous head-scratching interest with which we now regard Melville's tragic struggles and André Gide’s selection to show down Swann's Way.” As these phrases have been being typed, put out of your mind was once good into the method of reclaiming the fantastic tetralogy, and with the book of The Solitudes, readers re-entered the wonderful international that enthralled reviewers and used to be enshrined in Harold Bloom’s Western Canon. In Love & Sleep, the second one quantity of the sequence, the professor Pierce Moffett unearths himself at an outstanding turning aspect within the historical past of the area. As a toddler, Pierce was once no stranger to magic, yet these revelations pale with time. Now Pierce's look for a mystery historical past of the world―one during which magic works and angels communicate to humankind―has started back. Love & Sleep is by means of the 3rd quantity within the Agypt cycle, Damonomania, and the fourth, never-ending issues.

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Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire)

By Mark Lawrence

The boy who may rule all can have ultimately met his match...
 
King Jorg Ancrath is twenty now—and king of 7 international locations. His goal—revenge opposed to his father—has now not but been discovered, and the demons that hang-out him have simply grown enhanced. but irrespective of how tortured his course, he intends to take your next step in his upward climb.
 
Jorg will be emperor. it's a place to not be won by way of the sword yet really by means of vote. and not in dwelling reminiscence has somebody secured a majority of the vote, leaving the damaged Empire lengthy and not using a chief. Jorg plans to alter that. He’s exposed the misplaced expertise of the land, and he won’t hesitate to take advantage of it.
 
But he quickly reveals an adversary status in his approach, a necromancer not like any he has ever faced—a determine hated and feared much more than himself: the lifeless King.

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Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)

By Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher's step forward no 1 New York Times bestseller starring Chicago’s in simple terms specialist wizard, Harry Dresden.
 
in terms of the paranormal ruling physique referred to as the White Council, Harry retains his nostril fresh and his head down. For years, the council has held a demise mark over Harry’s head. He’s nonetheless considered a black sheep through some—and as a sacrificial lamb by way of others. yet none regard him with extra suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge opposed to someone who bends the foundations.
 
Like Harry.
 
So whilst Morgan turns up requesting aid, Harry isn’t precisely wanting to bounce into motion. Morgan has been accused of treason opposed to the White Council—and there’s just one, ultimate punishment for that crime. He’s at the run, desires his identify cleared, and he wishes somebody with a knack for backing the underdog.
 
Like Harry
 
Now, Harry needs to discover a traitor in the Council, maintain a less-than-agreeable Morgan lower than wraps, and keep away from coming less than scrutiny himself. And a unmarried mistake might cost somebody his head.
 
Like Harry…

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Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 4)

By Jim Butcher

In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling writer Jim Butcher has created a desirable global within which the fundamental forces of nature take actual shape and are used for defense. Now, as enemies turn into allies and acquaintances develop into sour foes, a chance past reckoning looms for all.

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Myth Directions (Starblaze Editions)

By Robert Asprin

The attractive Tanda desires the Trophy--and it really is as much as Skeeve to get it for her. the matter is, getting it is going to take greater than success. it is going to take all Skeeve's unproven magical skills, a scaly yet shrewdpermanent Pervect, and an enthralling demon now not above a bit interdimensional thievery.

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