It took me an unconscionably long time to get to Kat Howard’s latest novel An Unkindness of Magicians. I loved her first book, Roses and Rot—it reminded me of Charles de Lint in the very best sort of way—and thus, this was a day of release purchase for me. Why I didn’t get to it for months is beyond me.
At any rate—this was the book I read the week I was traveling last month—first on a work trip and then to ConFusion. In fact, I finished reading this in the lobby during the convention because I couldn’t put it down.
On its surface, An Unkindness of Magicians is about a magical competition—a Turning—among magic families in New York City. But dig a little deeper and this is a beautifully constructed exploration of power, privilege, and the too often unseen price paid for both.
Note: this review is a bit spoiler-ish.