Magic for Liars is a magical noir set in a faux-Hogwarts, and dives deep into the millennial psyche. I found myself relating more to the main character (a struggling, non-magical private investigator) in ways I didn't expect, and which I've been dwelling on ever since I put the book down. I will read everything Sarah Gailey writes in perpetuity. Recommended By Joanna S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the mainstream fantasy appeal of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French's investigative noir series
Two Enigmatic Sisters
A Brilliant, Terrifying Secret
A Perfect Lie
Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.
Ivy Gamble has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, magically gifted twin sister.
Ivy Gamble is a liar.
A darkly enchanting debut novel from the award-winning Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Charlie Jane Anders and Megan Abbott, following the harrowing search for a killer at a private academy for mages hidden in modern-day Northern California.
“Weird and wonderful…Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath
“I loved Sarah Gailey's Magic for Liars…it broke my heart, and I longed for the world of this story anyway.” Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians
"Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut." Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire
About the Author
Sarah Gailey came onto the speculative scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online, going viral frequently for their stories and joie de vivre. They are a regular contributor to multiple websites, including Tor.com, where their Women of Harry Potter series recently won a Hugo finalist for Best Related Work. Gailey's nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and writes short fiction for various popular outlets.
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