Interview with Author Kat Howard

Plot progression/pacing8.2
Character development8.5
Magic system8.5
Story arc 8.5
The Unseen World duology invites readers to peak behind the veil into a world where the magical hierarchy carries heavy demands and runs on life-or-death sacrifice. Its contemporary setting grounds the worldbuilding in ways that allow the action and characters to shine. Urban fantasy offered with a unique perspective and main character worthy of outing for make An Unkindness of Magicians and its long-awaited follow-up A Sleight of Shadows perfect for fantasy fans who where the stakes are high and taking the easy way out is no longer an option.

Conversation with Kat Howard 

A Sleight of Shadows released April 25, 2023 and immediately made Ro's top five list of April books. Listen in as Ro and Kat discuss her inspiration, writing process and her unflinching willingness to be ruthless when the story calls for it. Because, If you ask Ro, the best urban fantasy stories are the ones where things are dark and complicated.

Enter The Unseen World where the source of magic's been corrupted and it'll take more than a single confrontation to resolve the matter. Kat Howard confronts the price of magic by creating a world that makes you stare the real cost of winning, and happiness, directly in the eye with An Unkindness of Magicians. And now returns, six years later, with A Sleight of Shadows that forces you to wrestle with the question: how do you have a happily ever after if the world doesn't want it?

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Synopsis: In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney--a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn't want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.




Synopsis: After taking down the source of the corruption of the Unseen World, Sydney is left with almost no magical ability. Feeling estranged from herself, she is determined to find a way back to her status as one of the world's most dangerous magicians. Unfortunately, she needs to do this quickly: the House of Shadows, the hell on earth that shaped her into who she was, the place she sacrificed everything to destroy, is rebuilding itself.

"The House of shadows sits on bones. All of the sacrifices, all of the magicians who died in Shadows, they're buried beneath the foundations. Bones hold magic."

The magic of the Unseen World is acting strangely, faltering, bleeding out from the edges. Determined to keep the House of Shadows from returning to power and to defeat the magicians who want nothing more than to have it back, Sydney turns to extremes in a desperate attempt to regain her sacrificed magic. She is forced to decide what she will give up and what she will lose and whether what must be destroyed is not only the House of Shadows, but the Unseen World itself.


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