Tuesday, 6 November 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane - Ed. Jonathan Oliver

Release Date: 25/10/12


This amazing collection of new fiction has an extrordinary list of contributors, it features an original short story from the international no.1 bestseller Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller's Wife; alongside the NYT bestseller Dan Abnett and many more celebrated and critically applauded authors such as Christopher Fowler, Gemma Files, Alison Littlewood, Thana Niveau, Robert Shearman, Will Hill, Sarah Lotz, Storm Constantine, Lou Morgan, Sophia McDougall, Gail Z. Martin and others. They gather in darkness, sharing ancient and arcane knowledge as they manipulate the very matter of reality itself. Spells and conjuration; legerdemain and prestidigitation these are the mistresses and masters of the esoteric arts.


As a huge fan of the Urban Fantasy genre, there are times when there are authors that have piqued your interest but you aren’t quite sure if it’s worth a punt with your hard earned money or whether you want to stay the course with a name that you know and trust.

So within this book is a whole host of talent from the well-known Dan Abnett and Audrey Niffenger though to authors like Storm Constantine (whom I had heard of but hadn’t the finances to try until now.) What occurs within this book that has been lovingly edited by Jonathan Oliver, is a whole host of stories all centring around magic be it plain out and out or the more subtle shades that vary within our everyday live’s. It’s cleverly crafted, full of tales to pull you in and is a great way to spend travel journey times or that lunch break when you really want to get away the real world. All in a cracking book and one I was more than happy to spend time with.

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