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Subject: 2012 Fantasy Challenge -- Authors Discussion
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 4:32 AM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
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Please post all your discussion of books filling this category in this thread.


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Last Edited on: 12/1/11 4:50 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/10/2012 12:21 AM ET
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I just finished my first real book for the challenge.  (I read 3 others first, but none fit into the categories I'd planned to use them for.)

Ilona Andrews' Magic Slays is the fifth and latest book in the Kate Daniel's series.  I won't say much about this installment in particular for fear of spoiling earlier books but I really like the world building for this series.  It is an urban/paranormal fantasy set in a near-present Atlanta where magic and technology vie for dominance.  When magic is "up", all technology fails, concrete starts to crumble, and people like werewolves and vampires have power.  When technology is "up", then all magic fails.  The world switches between the two states at random.  It's nearly post-apocalyptic in scope.  All planes and satellites fell out of the sky when the first wave of magic hit and skyscrapers, bridges, and highways are steadily crumbling.  By the time the series begins a couple decades later, there's no more mass transportation, large portions of the city are in ruins and the government is unable to cope with magic, so policing any magical problems has been left up to a mercenary guild.  It's one of the better paranormal series out there.

I'm counting this book for "a novel by more than one author".  Ilona Andrews is a pen-name for a husband/wife team.

This series could also count for a urban fantasy set post-1900 or set in the Americas.  The main protagonist is a detective, female, and a magic user.  This particular book was published within the last 12 months.

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 1:24 AM ET
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I just started Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, which I will use here to fill "Author from the Caribbean" if I don't end up able to finish the Mythopoeia & Mythic Fiction section. Thus far it's utterly delightful. :)