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Magic for Liars: A Novel (Paperback)
Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets the 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 has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, magically 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
About the Author
Hugo and Campbell finalist SARAH GAILEY came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online. They are a regular contributor for multiple websites, including Tor.com. Their nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are the author of River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow. They live lives in Los Angeles, California.
Praise for Magic for Liars
“Sharp, elegant, and compulsively readable.”—V.E. Schwab
“Gailey’s inventive debut is part quirky fantasy, part noirish mystery, and part bittersweet family tragedy… this one’s for anyone looking for a book to really surprise them.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut.” —Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire
“A brilliant whodunnit in the vein of The Magicians…It's a superb debut, just the sort of thing we were hoping for from Gailey.” —BoingBoing
“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
“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