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    City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

    The description of this book described it as being about a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons. How awesome does that sound? So much urban fantasy focuses on private-eye or police-style characters dealing with murders or disappearances. A magical bomb squad sounded like a nice change of pace. And City of Broken was a change of pace. Just not a good one. Debut author Mirah Bolender has clearly put a lot of work into her setting and magic system — you can tell, because she loves to go off on random bits of exposition about the city or the magic or the history. At times, this is endearing, you can…

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    Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

    Have you ever wanted to read a fantasy set in a land inspired by the Mughal Empire, with magic that is performed through dance? Then do I have a book for you! I requested an ARC for Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand based on the cover alone. The dagger against the red background was so striking, and the title put me in mind of City of Brass, so I thought I was in for some Arab-influenced fantasy. When I started reading and realized the main character’s magic was clearly inspired by Bharatanatyam dance, I saw that I was in for something else altogether!

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    The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera

    So when I saw The Phoenix Empress on NetGalley I thought it sounded like my cup of tea, so I requested it. When my request approved, I started reading, only to quickly feel lost. I was pretty sure I was missing something. So I looked and sure enough, it was the second book in a trilogy. WHOOPS! I hurriedly purchased the first book, The Tiger’s Daughter, and well anyway, now K Arsenault Rivera owes me two weeks of my life because her books consumed me.

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