cover image An Inheritance of Magic

An Inheritance of Magic

Benedict Jacka. Ace, $17 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-593-54984-1

A world of magic usually known only to the rich and powerful is put to the test in the page-turning urban fantasy that launches an intriguing new series from Jacka (the Alex Verus series). Twenty-year-old Stephen Oakwood ekes out a life in modern-day London by working low-wage jobs and renting a room in his aunt’s house. The only thing that really matters to him is fulfilling the promise he made to his father just before the man disappeared two years ago: namely, to keep practicing his drucraft, or magic. Stephen’s growing skill draws the wrong kind of attention, however. When people start trying to murder him—and very nearly kill his cat in a scene that will be tough to handle for animal lovers—Stephen realizes he’s got much more to learn about the elite world of drucraft, its internal power struggles, and what his family has to do with all of it. Jacka provides immense detail about the ins and outs of drucraft, which will please fans of hard magic systems but occasionally slows down the story. Still, there’s lots of promise to this eat-the-rich world. Readers will be eager to see where things go next. Agent: Sophie Hicks, Sophie Hicks Agency. (Oct.)