Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

The Blurb On The Back:

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster.  There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace.  But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

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Goodly And Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap by Justine Windsor

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Lucy Goodly is the new boot girl at Grave Hall, working for the cold, aloof Lord Grave.  The other staff – Vonk the butler, Mrs Crawley the cook and Violet the scullery maid – all seem friendly but Lucy soon notices that strange things are afoot in her new home – and not just Mrs Crawley’s experimental anchovy omelettes.  The statues move, the books are magic and Lord Grave has a secret.  Meanwhile, all over the country, children are vanishing.

Could the mystery of the missing children by linked to the strange goings-on at Grave Hall?  Lucy is determined to find out …  

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Seven For A Secret by Lyndsay Faye

The Blurb On The Back:

One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy.

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret, never to be told.

New York, 1846: The beautiful Mrs Lucy Adams hurtles through the gathering storm on a freezing St Valentine’s evening.  She stumbles, terrified, into the headquarters of the newly formed NYPD, and copper star Timothy Wilde finds himself drawn into a thorny maze when she reports a horrifying robbery: her family, she says, has been stolen.

Timothy is hardened to the injustices of life in the unforgiving city he’s grown up in, but that doesn’t mean he accepts them.  With immigrants flooding into the docks every day, communities are battling for their place in the new world, and many fall victim to the clash.  But the worst danger on the streets are the blackbirders; slave-catchers whose inhuman trade is not merely legal – it’s law enforcement.  Now Timothy, along with his wayward brother Valentine, is about to bring the fight right to the heart of the corrupt political machine he was hired to defend …

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The Eye Of Minds by James Dashner

The Blurb On The Back:

To catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make your wildest fantasies become real.  And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun.  Who wants to play by the rules anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason.  One gamer has been taking people hostage inside the VirtNet with horrific consequences.

The government needs Michael, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever …

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