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Title:
City of broken magic / Mirah Bolender.
ISBN:
9781250169273
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Tor, 2018.
Physical Description:
400 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Abstract:
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.
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Summary

Summary

Mirah Bolender's fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut, City of Broken Magic , features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons.

i09 --Best of November Science Fiction and Fantasy
SyFy --Best of November Science Fiction and Fantasy
Kirkus SFF --Best of November Science Fiction and Fantasy
Paste --Best Books of November 2018

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.


Author Notes

MIRAH BOLENDER graduated with majors in creative writing and art in May 2014. A lifelong traveler, she has traveled and studied overseas, most notably in Japan, and these experiences leak into her work. City of Broken Magic is her debut fantasy novel. She currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bolender's debut secondary-world fantasy comes to life thanks to a no-frills, working-class point of view that immerses readers in the world of the Sweepers. Monsters are threatening to take over the city of Amicae. The government has convinced residents that the monsters can't get in, but Clae and Laura know that isn't true. They are Sweepers, the only people in the city qualified to fight the monsters and make sure they can't return-and narrator Laura has only been an apprentice for three months. The duo takes on mobsters, corrupt businessmen, and a deliberately skewed cultural narrative, culminating in a fight to protect their city from its own refusal to accept reality. Amicae's strict caste system is expertly woven into the fast-paced plot that will keep readers turning pages until the very end. This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

DEBUT At 20 years old, Laura Kramer takes on the unconventional job of apprentice sweeper. Trained by surly and mysterious head sweeper Clae Sinclair, Laura's new role is to act as monster control for her home city of Amicae. Like all cities in this world, Amicae relies on amulets to help its citizens in day-to-day life. However, if one of these amulets is broken and not cleansed immediately, it can act as host to people-eating monsters. Clae and Laura are the sole guardians of Amicae, trained in magic weapons to control the infestations that begin occurring more frequently and with more force. Along the way, the pair is joined by another apprentice, Okane, a direct descendent of the magi who created the creatures as a weapon, before losing control of them. As Laura learns the history of the city, the mistreatment of magi, how it was conquered, and what was lost, a final battle ensues in which the sweepers must save the city, or watch it fall to oblivion. VERDICT Described as The Hurt Locker with magic, this fascinating debut includes a handful of battles, and in between depicts the strange land and way of life Laura faces in Amicae. Readers will be antsy for the next installment.-Brooke Bolton, Boonville-Warrick Cty. P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.