SFF

The Glass Magician

Tor. Apr. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780765335043. $26.99. FANTASY
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In a Gilded Age New York where Traders can shapeshift into animal forms, Thalia is a stage magician who relies instead on tricks and sleight of hand to entertain an audience. Thalia has always thought she was a Solitaire, lacking real magic. Mounting evidence of Trader blood could put her in danger of attacks by rogue Manticores, but it could also open up a world of wealth and privilege. First, however, she must come to terms with her fledgling powers, while simultaneously defending her business partner from a murder charge.
VERDICT Stevermer spends little time on worldbuilding, and the terms she employs may confuse readers. Characters are placed into intriguing situations but never seem to learn or grow. Fans would be better served with the YA novels of Anna Godbersen.

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