The Culling Trials, K.F. Breene & Shannon Mayer

You Don’t Choose The Academy. The Academy Chooses You.

I had no idea how those words would change my life.
Or how they’d changed my life already…

Until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence.

In an invitation.

My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place so dangerous, they don’t guarantee you’ll make it out alive.

If he doesn’t go, our entire family will be killed.

It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago — the same place he mysteriously died.

The academy has already killed one sibling. I’ll be damned if they take another.

I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.

Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? That’s right — beat the academy at its own game.

Or die trying.


WARNING: possible fuckton of spoilers

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The Magicians’ Guild, Trudi Canavan

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“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work — until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders… and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

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The Alchemist and an Amaretto, Annette Marie

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As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything — mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds — and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus… and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students.

And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

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Enchantress Under Fire, AC Spahn

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It’s time to risk everything.

Adrienne has lost more than she ever imagined. Friends lie dead. The man she loves has been captured. The alliance she worked so hard to forge is close to breaking. She might have a plan to rebalance the world’s chaotic magic, but enacting it requires the help of other enchanters. Unfortunately, they’ve all been recruited or killed by Geralt.

That leaves her with only one option: infiltrate his cult.

 Masking her innate magical ability, Adrienne embarks on a dangerous mission to lure cult members to her side. That won’t be easy since Geralt has bought his followers’ loyalty and filled them with suspicion of the outside world. Adrienne has little to offer against his promises of protection and belonging.

But manipulation goes two ways, and Adrienne is no stranger to using the cult’s tactics for her own ends.

When Adrienne begins to bond with those she only intended to exploit, her compassion for the cult members clashes with her loyalty to the Underground. Caught between two worlds, with countless lives on the line, Adrienne must figure out what she truly stands for before she loses what little she has left.

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Enchantress Underground, AC Spahn

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The Void Union has fallen.

Adrienne and her friends have gone into hiding as Geralt’s cult tightens its hold on the city. San Francisco’s paranormal community is in anarchy. Most disturbingly, magic’s instability worsens every day.

As chaotic magic starts to rip the city apart, Adrienne seeks allies to help rebalance it. But an alliance requires trust, and trust is a scarce commodity in the paranormal world, especially when Geralt has offered large rewards for Adrienne’s capture.

Betrayal lurks behind every smile.

Opposing the fledgling coalition is the cult’s vicious ew enforcer, who will do anything to bring Adrienne down. Between his ruthless tactics and the treacherous diplomacy of paranormals, Adrienne’s heart begins to harden. She knows that to save the city, she must unite its magical inhabitants under her leadership. But that leadership might just twist her into someone she can’t recognize.

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Enchantress Under Pressure, AC Spahn

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Magic is breaking.

Newly recruited by the Void Union, enchantress Adrienne Morales plans to stay on good terms with her magic-immune handlers. That’s hard to do when everyone knows about the enchantment tattoo storing catastrophic magic on her body. Then she discovers a murder victim with an identical tattoo.

That corpse means only one thing: the cult that enchanted Adrienne has a lethal operative in town, and her conflict with the Voids just became her smallest problem.

With mysterious fires destroying Voids across the nation, the Union Legionnaire has his hands full. Catching the murderer is up to Adrienne. But as her search intensifies, magic begins breaking down around her: ghosts rise, enchantments go haywire, and the specter of war looms over San Francisco.

Played by fears from her past, mistrust from the Voids, and the sudden unreliability of her powers, Adrienne isn’t sure where to turn.

Worse, Adrienne’s life isn’t the only one hanging in the balance. If she goes down, her friends will fall beside her, and the entire city might be next. To defend her paranormal world, she must stop the murderer, uncover the cult’s secret plot, and decide whom to trust — when she’s not even sure she can trust herself.

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Taming Demons for Beginners, Annette Marie

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Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me — outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder.

And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.


From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.

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Demon Magic and a Martini, Annette Marie

Demon Magic and a Martini

When I first landed a bartending job at the local guild, I didn’t know a thing about magic. These days, I’m practically an expert on the different magical classes, but there’s one nobody ever talks about: Demonica.

Turns out they have a good reason for that.

My guild is strictly hellion-free, but some people will risk life and soul to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground. And now a demon has been loosed in the city.

My three best friends are determined to slay it, but even badass combat mages are critically out-magicked. And that’s not all. The monster they’re tracking — it’s not hiding.

It’s not fleeing. It’s not leaving a trail of corpses everywhere it goes.

The demon is hunting too. And in a city full of mythics, it’s searching for deadlier prey.

If we can’t unravel the demon’s sinister motivations, more innocent people will die, but finding the answers means digging into dark secrets… and learning truths I never wanted to know.


*** SPOILER WARNING FOR RAVING RIGHTS ***

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Two Witches and a Whiskey, Annette Marie

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Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar — at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind.

I’m not a badass mage like my three smokin’ hot best friends. I’m not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I’m just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits.

So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord?

Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug.

I’m pretty sure this wasn’t part of the job description.


*** Slight spoilers for my raving rights ***

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