- Yellow-low Top Eagsouni Women Men Anti-Slip Waterproof Ankle Snow Boots Fully Fur Lined Winter Outdoor Booties Sneakers
- JaHGDU Womens shoes Winter Keep Warm Flat Heel Solid Zipper Fashion Leisure Elegant Cosy Wild Tight Super Quality Brown for Womens
- Kongsta Plus Size 35-42 Genuine Leather Sandals Women shoes Ladies Solid color Flat Summer Beach shoes
- Victoria's Secret Pink Grey Faux Fur Crisscross Slides- Medium (7-8)
- AllhqFashion Women's PU Assorted color Buckle Pointed Closed Toe High-Heels Sandals
- Tretorn Women's Loyola 9 Suede Nylon
- Converse Unisex Adults' Chuck Taylor All Star Low-Top Sneakers
- Flip-Flops Outdoor Sports Sandals Summer Fashion Sandals Men's Casual Leather Wear Sandals Dual-Purpose shoes
- 2018 Men's Ankle Boots, Fashion Casual Cowhide High-top Fleece Inside Outdoor Outsole shoes(Conventional Optional) (color Warm Brown, Size 8.5 UK)
- Hoxekle Woman Platform Wedge High Heel Slides Sandals Fashion Slippers Fish Mouth Peep Toe Slip On Comfort Flip Flops
- WeiPoot Women's Patent Leather Assorted color Closed-Toe Pumps-shoes with Assorted color and Hollow Out
- Winter sports outdoor snow boots women's tube plus cashmere warm waterproof snow anti-skid hiking shoes ski shoes cotton shoes ( color Black , Size 9B(M)US )
- Clarks Women's Hayla Samoa Wedge Sandal
- FSJ Women Cocktail Peep Toe Sandals Satin Cutout High Heels Stilettos Pumps Party shoes Size 4-15 US
- Cotswold Womens Windsor Short Wellington Black Size UK 7 EU 40
- The Fix Women's Bonilla Block Heel Cutout Tribal Dress Sandal
- Enzo Romeo Eway8 Men Dress Loafers with Aligator Prints Slip on Tuxedo Patent Square Toe Dress shoes
- Cole Haan Womens Clarette Sandal Ii Open Toe Casual Ankle Strap Sandals
- Adidas ORIGINALS Womens POD-S3.1 shoes Fashion Sneakers
- Dr. Comfort Mike Men's Therapeutic Diabetic Extra Depth shoes
- Joma Men's Aguila GOL 821 Turf Soccer shoes
I’m a big fan of the magical school trope. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was one of those life-defining books from high school through the end of college, and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians books came right in after as I was starting my career as a college administrator and writer. Sarah Gailey’s debut novel Magic for Liars is like a third part of that transition, and I blew through the book in just about a day.
The story introduces us to Ivy Gamble, a woman who works as a private investigator, and who has a bit of a secret: her estranged twin sister is a brilliant magician. She’s hired by the headmaster of the Osthorne Academy of Young Mages in California, where her sister works. The two haven’t spoken in years, and when a teacher at the school is found dead in the library, they’re unexpectedly reunited.
Gailey is the author of the American Hippo novellas, and while I loved the concept, I felt that they were a bit weak, character-wise (one of the downsides to Tor.com’s novella line: sometimes, a story is too slimmed down, and could have been a bit longer.) That isn’t a problem here. Gailey brilliantly sets up these two sisters, and Ivy is a phenomenal, bitter character who is pretty much burned out on everything, stemming back to some deep-seated family history that drove her and her sister apart.
This book succeeds in two ways. First, it’s a fantastic mystery, and Gamble, an outsider to this magical community, is the perfect person to solve it, because she can approach it from that unknowledgeable angle, but who knows how perfectly messed up people are, and what sorts of bad decisions they can make. Secondly, it’s a great magical school entry. Hogwarts is delightfully twee, Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy is realistically cynical, and the Osthorne Academy of Young Mages is… a typical high school. There’s plenty of details that show off that kids — even magical kids, will be immature, do stupid things, are egotistical, and crave attention.
What really makes this book stand out is that it revolves around a couple of things that fantasy (and science fiction, for that matter), typically ignores: wOmEnS IsSuEs. I won’t spoil how this plays out, but it’s a mystery that comes down to teenage and family drama in ways that feels utterly realistic, and I’m guessing entirely relevant and relatable to any woman who picks up this book. Gailey also keeps the mystery entirely fresh throughout the entire read, throwing me off in a couple of places, and nailing the book with a fantastic (and frustratingly ambiguous) ending. She tells me that she’s not planning on a followup, which is also refreshing? There needs to be more standalone novels, although I would dearly love to see more of this particular world.