Innate Magic

Innate Magic

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From debut author Shannon Fay comes the first novel in the enchanting Marrowbone Spells series featuring Paul Gallagher, a lower-class magician who aspires to high society through spells, wits, and irresistible charm.

Delightfully cheeky, unquestionably charming, and sometimes maddeningly naive, cloth mage Paul Gallagher is desperately trying to make a name for himself in a reimagined postwar London. But in a world where magic is commonplace, sewing enchanted clothes is seen as little more than a frivolous distraction. Paul is hiding a secret, however: he possesses a powerful--and illegal--innate magic that could help him achieve his wildest dreams.

Unfortunately, Paul confides in the wrong person--his latest crush, Captain Hector Hollister--and is drawn into a sinister plot that risks reigniting the machinery of war. To make matters worse, the pretty American gossip reporter Paul just met reveals her personal quest to expose a government cover-up may be related to Hollister's magical goals. When Hollister threatens the life of Paul's dearest friend, he realizes that his poor judgement has put not only his family and friends in danger, but also the whole world.

The only way to set things right may be for Paul to undergo the dangerous ritual to become Court Magician--the most powerful magician in the country. But is becoming part of the institution the best way to enact change in a terribly unjust society?

Title:Innate Magic
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781542032032
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    Innate Magic Reviews

  • charlotte,

    what the fuck WHAT THE FUCKRep: bi mc, Black side character, Chinese side character, achillean side charactersCWs: violence, blood, extreme gore (inc. skinning alive)...

  • Marcia

    Interesting premise but just terribly written. So clunky. And the catholic obsession is weird. ...

  • Beth Cato

    This is a highly enjoyable book that feels both cozy and original in so many ways! I was fortunate enough to get an early copy and sent along a blurb:"Innate Magic romps about a magic-infused mid-20th...

  • Kyle

    Okay, this one is gonna be messy. I apologize beforehand.I’m always put off by stories that involve the loss of autonomy. The fact that Paul’s innate magic allows for anyone he meets to want to be...

  • Betsy

    I was prepared to love this book, but I didn't. I do love the ideas, but not the execution. It's too flippant. It tried too hard to be LGBTQ friendly. I didn't buy the religious devotion of the main c...

  • Karl Wittman

    Light read for light magicWhat if Harry Potter came from the UK? Oh, wait he did. What if Harry went to school to use magic? Oh, he did that too. What if Harry had two sidekicks a boy and a girl. Ther...

  • Sally Altass

    Superb debutWhen I started reading this novel, I had some reservations. A Canadian writing from a Scousers perspective? Would it work? The more I read it, the more I began to realise that Shannon Fay ...

  • ?Bookish in Virginia?

    I picked this book up on a whim, and was ready to toss it aside just as quickly, and now I can't wait for book #2. Paul Gallagher grew on me. Almost immediately. And watching him stumble through life ...

  • Lynn Morrison

    Brilliant The blurb does not do this book justice. It is packed woth so many twists and turns it will keep you turning the page for more. Even when you know the twist is coming, you are still compelle...

  • Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning(view spoiler)[ trauma, being orphaned, gore, gun violence, blackmail, kidnapping, torture, being forced to flay someone alive (hide spoiler)]When Paul finishes his degree as a cloth m...