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Publisher's Summary

A snarky, irreverent tale of secret magic in the modern world, the first solo stand-alone novel in two decades from Steven Brust, The New York Times best-selling author of the Vlad Taltos series

Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal - or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. “Lethal” turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved.

When Marci was 15, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn't like. The Foundation scooped her up for training too.

“Hippie chick” Susan got well into her Foundation training before they told her about the magic, but she's as powerful as Donovan and Marci now.

They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others days before. They all work for the secretive Foundation...for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren't they?

©2018 Steven Brust (P)2018 Tantor

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Brust is always fun.

I enjoy this kind of Light reading. If I had a complaint I would say that as an audiobook sometimes you was trouble keeping track of what character was where or doing what or who they were. Sometimes that's just me and I'm too busy to really listen and pay attention

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Never stop writing Sir. I patiently Await your next. It is a privilege to enjoy your wit.

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An unexpected surprise!

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Brust is always fun.

I enjoy this kind of Light reading. If I had a complaint I would say that as an audiobook sometimes you was trouble keeping track of what character was where or doing what or who they were. Sometimes that's just me and I'm too busy to really listen and pay attention

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Never stop writing Sir. I patiently Await your next. It is a privilege to enjoy your wit.

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An unexpected surprise!

It was different than what I usually read or listen to but I was pleasantly surprised. I did love the book and the present day them pushed it over the top.

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Great narrator, simple but interesting story

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  • Toivo J Luick
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Brust is always fun.

I enjoy this kind of Light reading. If I had a complaint I would say that as an audiobook sometimes you was trouble keeping track of what character was where or doing what or who they were. Sometimes that's just me and I'm too busy to really listen and pay attention