The Glass Magician
From an early age, Thalia Cutler has always known that she was born to be on stage, performing magic and dazzling audiences across the country. But her dreams of stardom come to an abrupt halt when she becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a rival magician while also trying to come to terms with the revelation that she’s a Trader: an individual who has the ability to switch between her human form and her animal counterpart. Now Thalia must clear her name and learn to control her abilities before the savage beasts who have been hunting Traders throughout the city catch up to her.
Stevermer does an excellent job of building her world and pulling you inside of it, and I really enjoyed the fact that stage magic and real magic were able to share space without one overpowering the other. My only complaint was that the story is a pretty slow burn when it comes to getting a glimpse of Trader abilities. It was past the halfway point before the book actually magicked. But other than that, I thought this was a great urban fantasy read.
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