A Sleight of Shadows

Gallery/Saga (The Unseen World, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781534426818. $26.99. FANTASY
Readers will be thrilled to return to the Unseen World in this sequel to An Unkindness of Magicians. In this series, Howard has created a world full of magic that runs parallel, but unseen, to the mundane world of those without any magical ability. Having sacrificed her magic to destroy the House of Shadows, Sydney is struggling to live her new mundane life, but many of those who can still wield magic are not happy that their power now comes with physical consequences since there are no longer people to bear those consequences for them. As the House of Shadows begins to remake itself and another magician decides to help it along, Sydney needs to figure out how to permanently change the Unseen World—and get her magic back. As another magical battle brews, the story interrogates those in positions of power who use and abuse others and those who know about the abuse but don’t have the will or courage to try to change it.
VERDICT Howard offers another riveting foray into this magical world. Recommend to fans of Naomi Novik’s “Scholomance” series.
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