Title: An Unkindness of Magicians
Author: Kat Howard
There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.
In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.
Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
As seems to be my habit lately, I picked this book up because my boyfriend thought I’d like it. And he was right! It’s hard to find non-series books in the fantasy genre nowadays, so I was super excited to read this one. Kat Howard weaves a world that’s easy to imagine behind the scenes of New York’s upper class. It’s urban fantasy at its best – gritty, realistic, and not afraid to get bloody.
Though we follow large cast of characters, they’re all unique and Kat Howard does an amazing job of juggling the interwoven stories, so that, as you approach the end of the book, the pieces fall into place perfectly. The story was at times predictable, but it still managed to catch me off guard at the end. It was a quicker read than most, too, as I couldn’t bring myself to put it down once I started. My only complaint is that it was over too soon, hence docking a star. At times, the story felt rushed, and I felt like it could have been expanded on.
There are characters I would have liked to see more of, most of them the secondary characters. That’s just a testament to how well Kat Howard writes her characters. I loved them all – I can’t even pick a favorite.
An Unkindness of Magicians has earned a spot on my favorites, and I look forward to picking up the rest of Kat Howard’s work!