An Unkindness of Magicians

Dark Fantasy

by Kat Howard
September 2017 – Saga Press/Simon & Schuster US

A gripping magical thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

Set within the unseen magical world of New York City, where standing within the magical world is governed by power, and social status can be gained or lost with magical duels.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician from the formidable House of Shadows with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Kat Howard’s short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in best-of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot was her critically acclaimed debut novel. She lives in New Hampshire.

Publicity and press:


• National Public Radio’s Best Book of 2017
• The Verge’s 16 Science Fiction and Fantasy Titles to read in September 2017
• Goodreads « September New Releases »


“Howard’s vengeance-fueled urban fantasy is stylish, macabre, and spellbinding.”—Booklist

“Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The characters and the Unseen World flourish in her gorgeous prose.”—Publishers Weekly

“AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS will please fantasy fans, but mainstream readers looking for mystery, mayhem and a strong female protagonist will fall in love with it as well.”—Shelf Awareness

« World Fantasy Award nominee Kat Howard takes sorcery to the streets of New York in her urban flight of fancy, AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS. Briskly paced yet intricately plotted, the novel imagines a conspiracy of magic lurking amid backstreets and skyscrapers – a tale that’s thrilling, densely packed and reminiscent of Neil Gaiman in its imaginative power. »—Jason Heller, National Public Radio

“This is an amazing book filled with magic, consequences, and what happens when you fight rather than turning away. This is Omelas, for magic. This is the price that must be paid. This is the story the others forgot to tell.”—Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft and Horizon