An Unkindness Of Magicians by Kat Howard
This fantasy is somewhat similar to Lev Grossman’s ‘Magicians’ trilogy. It depicts an insular elitist world of New York magicians who are in the process of fighting magical duels to decide how their world will be run. Enter Sydney a magician of great power who wants the magicians to break their social conditioning and take cultural responsibility for the price of magic.
Sydney faces those who find it socially desirable to defend their current way of life at any cost. This was very good and it is a dark look at magic and the price some are willing to pay to wield it. Some of the world-building doesn’t make sense, but one can overlook that.
“The man he had considered to be his best friend, someone who he was pretty sure was not going to be his friend tomorrow, or ever again.”
“The honor bar.”
“There is a great deal of screaming inside Shadows.”
“Magic that should never have been his.”
“He hates you. With a terrifying amount of hate.”
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll