cover image The Undermining of Twyla and Frank

The Undermining of Twyla and Frank

Megan Bannen. Orbit, $19.99 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-316-56825-8

In this enchanting fantasy rom-com, Bannen returns to the whimsical world of Tanria, first visited in The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy. Middle-aged neighbors and best friends, Twyla Banneker and Frank Ellis have spent eight years patrolling magical Tanria as marshals, but a recent lull in excitement has left them yearning for some action. When another marshal turns up dead and Frank unexpectedly becomes guardian to a baby dragon, the duo find themselves entangled in a sinister mystery that threatens to upend their lives and their relationship. Bannen’s witty prose and skillful genre blending shine as she seamlessly weaves together elements of romance, mystery, and adventure. The mature protagonists, particularly the wonderfully complex Twyla, offer a refreshing perspective on love and self-discovery in midlife. While the emphasis on aging and domestic disillusionment grows a tad repetitive, Bannen’s heartfelt exploration of second chances and the transformative power of friendship resonates. Perfect for fans of T.J. Klune and Alix E. Harrow, this cozy, humor-filled romp celebrates the enduring magic of love at any age. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (July)