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Publisher's Summary

From debut author Shannon Fay comes the first novel in the enchanting Marrowbone Spells series featuring Paul Gallagher, a lower-class magician who aspires to high society through spells, wits, and irresistible charm.

Delightfully cheeky, unquestionably charming, and sometimes maddeningly naive, cloth mage Paul Gallagher is desperately trying to make a name for himself in a reimagined postwar London. But in a world where magic is commonplace, sewing enchanted clothes is seen as little more than a frivolous distraction. Paul is hiding a secret, however: he possesses a powerful - and illegal - innate magic that could help him achieve his wildest dreams.

Unfortunately, Paul confides in the wrong person - his latest crush, Captain Hector Hollister - and is drawn into a sinister plot that risks reigniting the machinery of war. To make matters worse, the pretty American gossip reporter Paul just met reveals her personal quest to expose a government cover-up may be related to Hollister’s magical goals. When Hollister threatens the life of Paul’s dearest friend, he realizes that his poor judgement has put not only his family and friends in danger, but also the whole world.

The only way to set things right may be for Paul to undergo the dangerous ritual to become Court Magician - the most powerful magician in the country. But is becoming part of the institution the best way to enact change in a terribly unjust society?

©2022 by Shannon Fay. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Peter Kenny narrates an alternate-reality fantasy set in post-WWII London.... Kenny imbues his portrayal of Paul with both cheerful optimism and a staggering naïveté.... Kenny's accent is impeccable. Paul is a Scouser; having grown up working class in Liverpool, he retains his accent despite his time in London. Other characters from a wide variety of social backgrounds and nationalities are performed with equal verve and believability, making Kenny's performance truly outstanding.” (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner)

“Fay expertly crafts a delightfully adventurous tale, animated by Paul’s chance encounters and audacious antics. This promising series starter announces Fay as a writer to watch.” (Publishers Weekly

“An enchanting tale.... This first book in the Marrowbone Spells series leaves the ending open for what’s sure to be an adventurous series; Fay is an author to watch.” (Booklist

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  • A. Zulli
  • 17-12-21

Fun, but riddled with plot holes

Tldr; sloppy storytelling, but a fun enough book that I'll give the series one more try.

I enjoyed Innate Magic for the first 2/3 of the book. Engaging plot, interesting enough characters (though the supporting characters are far more interesting than the lead).

But then I began to be annoyed. I have so many questions and about plot points both large and small. SPOILER ALERT!
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For example, are we really meant to believe that two high-powered parties, one connected to the government and the other a successful mob-boss-like fixer, would be unable to locate the dwelling of a poor student? Any villain worth anything would ALREADY have that information on hand, before tricking the hero of the story into a set-up. Likewise, Paul and Thomas fled to Paul's CHILDHOOD HOME. The very first place they'd be followed, after their crummy little flat in London has been checked.

And in the grand finale, why didn't Hollister come prepared. He didn't even bring knives?? And why wouldn't the foreseer tell Paul what she saw? She had nothing to lose. One senses the author didn't want to give away the dramatic moment of the flaying, which is reasonable from a storytelling standpoint but unreasonable from a "what real people do" standpoint.

Furthermore, unless I missed something, we never find out why it has to be Paul to flay Hollister. Surely, when Paul expressed his absolute unwillingness to help, Hollister could have found someone else. Someone more sociopathic, more deeply ambitious. Or was there really something special about Paul? It's never convincingly explained.

And how on earth could Paul not realize the mystery man at the wedding at the end was Oberon. Paul is no genius, but he's also not dense as a hunk of lead.

A final complaint: it was disappointing that a male bisexual lead character ended up with an (ostensibly) straight woman. Realistic perhaps -most bisexuals do end up with opposite-sex partners- but I still was disappointed. But that's just me.

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  • Paula
  • 07-12-21

I can't recommend

Disappointing, in a few ways.
The narrator is first rate, handles various English (and American) accents with precision. The Liverpool accent in which the bulk of the 1st person narration happens is actually rather hard to follow. If you choose this book, I suggest slowing down the speed; that'll make understanding easier.
Content was the real deal-breaker for me. There are several scenes of violence, notably one toward the end of the book with such horrific gore and violence, so much so that I couldn't continue, but had to advance to the following chapter. The remaining content and the resolution of the story wasn't worth enduring such awfulness.
Proceed with caution. I can't recommend it.

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  • Jonathan
  • 01-12-21

Good but...

Had trouble trying to finish it, maybe just not my cup a tea but don't let my review sway your opinion! If you like history and fantasy this is a great pick!

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  • The Curator
  • 01-12-21

Oh dear

I’m afraid I only got a little way in but I couldn’t cope with the lack of understanding of Britain’s way of life by what I can only assume is an American author. Simple mistakes like talking about the Dean of a University (in turn referred to as a school with programmes of study). In Britain Deans work in Cathedrals not unis. If you’re not as pedantic as me you’ll probably enjoy it more.

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  • Mr. C. Reynolds
  • 24-12-21

Excellent book, well written and narrated

I enjoyed the world-building, and both the main and supporting characters are well-rounded and sympathetic. The plotting is enjoyable, and pushes the narrative forward.

I’m afraid the poor review left on this title is in error. ‘Dean’ is a title, and post, in UK universities and colleges. Cambridge, Oxford, and King’s College London have them.