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Praised by the Guardian for stories that are “exhilarating . . . powerful and entertaining,” Jeff Somers returns with a darkly original urban fantasy series featuring a cadre of mages operating just under the radar of human society.

Magic uses blood—a lot of it. The more that’s used, the more powerful the effect, so mages find “volunteers” to fuel their spells. Lem, however, is different. Long ago he set up a rule that lets him sleep at night: never use anyone’s blood but your own. He’s grifting through life as a Trickster, performing only small Glamours like turning one-dollar bills into twenties. He and his sidekick, Mags, aren’t doing well, but they’re getting by.

That is, until they find young Claire Mannice— bound and gagged, imprisoned in a car’s trunk, and covered with invisible rune tattoos. Lem turns to his estranged mentor for help, but what they’ve uncovered is more terrifying than anybody could have imagined. Mika Renar, the most dangerous Archmage in the world, is preparing to use an ocean of blood to cast her dreams into reality— and Lem just got in her way.

Synopsis:

From master storyteller Jeff Somers comes a gritty new urban fantasy series starring a pair of unlikely heroes: low-life blood mages caught up in a violent scheme not of their own making.

Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time.

Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lem will grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, he won’t use other people's blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or “volunteers” to this end. Not Lem.

So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it’s not at all clear that they’re powerful enough to save her…or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl’s life all but forfeit, but that the world’s preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her—and he and Mags just got in the way.

About the Author

Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating college he wandered aimlessly for a while, but the peculiar siren call of New Jersey brought him back to his homeland. Visit him at JeffreySomers.com and WeAreNotGoodPeople.com, and on Twitter at @JeffreySomers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451696776
Author:
Somers, Jeff
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Subject:
Jim butcher; chuck Palahniuk; best fantasy; best urban fantasy; Dresden files; worldbuilding; switchblades; cutting; blood magic; of mice and men; blood mages; bleeders; mummies; Aztecs; natural disasters; world wars; supernatural horror; magic system
Subject:
Jim butcher; chuck Palahniuk; best fantasy; best urban fantasy; Dresden files; worldbuilding; switchblades; cutting; blood magic; of mice and men; blood mages; bleeders; mummies; Aztecs; natural disasters; world wars; supernatural horror; magic system
Subject:
Jim butcher; chuck Palahniuk; best fantasy; best urban fantasy; Dresden files; worldbuilding; switchblades; cutting; blood magic; of mice and men; blood mages; bleeders; mummies; Aztecs; natural disasters; world wars; supernatural horror; magic system
Subject:
Jim butcher; chuck Palahniuk; best fantasy; best urban fantasy; Dresden files; worldbuilding; switchblades; cutting; blood magic; of mice and men; blood mages; bleeders; mummies; Aztecs; natural disasters; world wars; supernatural horror; magic system
Subject:
Jim butcher; chuck Palahniuk; best fantasy; best urban fantasy; Dresden files; worldbuilding; switchblades; cutting; blood magic; of mice and men; blood mages; bleeders; mummies; Aztecs; natural disasters; world wars; supernatural horror; magic system
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
The Ustari Cycle
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.12 in

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"Synopsis" by , From master storyteller Jeff Somers comes a gritty new urban fantasy series starring a pair of unlikely heroes: low-life blood mages caught up in a violent scheme not of their own making.

Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time.

Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lem will grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, he won’t use other people's blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or “volunteers” to this end. Not Lem.

So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it’s not at all clear that they’re powerful enough to save her…or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl’s life all but forfeit, but that the world’s preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her—and he and Mags just got in the way.

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