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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Book Review: The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

Thalia lives in a world where there are three kinds of people. There are Traders, who change between human form and an animal and are incredibly rich and beautiful and rule everything. There are the ones who commune with nature (and are the go-betweens with the native peoples). And finally, there are the Solitaires, who are just ordinary humans with no powers.

Except that--Thalia is a stage magician, giving the illusion that she has magical powers. One night when a trick goes horribly wrong and her life is endangered, something happens. She's not exactly sure what, but her arm felt numb and cold and turned white, and then she was able to slip out of a handcuff without any trouble. Something... happened. Did she trade into an animal? That's not possible. After all, she's a Solitaire, not a Trader. Isn't she? She is an orphan after all--maybe she doesn't know as much about her parents as she thought she did. Add in the theft of a trick and a murder, and Thalia has too much going on to really figure out who she is right now--except there are secret powers that demand her attention no matter what. And she must give it to them, or her life is in danger, too.

This book is published by Tor, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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