The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories

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Magic takes stories in unexpected new directions. Whether the magic is world-breakingly powerful or staggeringly subtle, it allows for heroes to rise in the unlikeliest places, battling evils that boggle the imagination.

And rarely does a collection showcase the depth and breadth of mystical possibilities like The Book of Magic. Individually, the stories in this collection range from urban fantasy to epic, from sword-and-board to dystopian city streets, each displaying a different facet of how magic can shape a story.

Combined, they make one heck of a gateway book for anyone new to magical fantasy and a dynamite read for folks that are already fans of the genre. Many of the top names in speculative fiction are represented here, flexing their creative might in intriguing ways, and even if every story doesn’t tickle your fancy, the vast majority will delight and enthrall you. And unlike some short story collections — which seem to focus on cramming as many stories as possible into one book — the stories here are given space to breathe, grow, and entertain.

The Book of Magic is exactly what it promises: a cover-to-cover cavalcade of magic, in both plot and storytelling.

Reviewed By:

Author George R. R. Martin • Scott Lynch • Elizabeth Bear • Garth Nix • Gardner R. Dozois, Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 576 pages
Publisher Bantam
Publish Date 2018-10-16
ISBN 9780399593789 Buy this Book
Issue Mar-19
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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