Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

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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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Bound by Benedict Jacka

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Alex Verus can see the future.  But he never thought he’d see this day.

Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he’s agreed to work for his old master once more.

Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again.  And this time, Richard won’t let go so easily. 

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The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey

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A young psychiatrist is found dead in woodland outside a summer camp for young eating disorder patients run by the charismatic, world-renowned Professor Ned Chesham.  DI Grace Fisher investigates, but is soon pulled from the case – to head up a Metropolitan Police review into a cold case involving Chesham himself.

Nearly twenty years earlier, one of Chesham’s patients made allegations that he sexually assaulted her.  The police investigation at the time found no conclusive proof, but Grace soon discovers another victim, and a witness whose account never reached the police.  Does this mean the original investigation was bungled?  Scotland Yard would certainly like her to conclude otherwise.

As Grace uncovers the lies that led to the young doctor’s murder, she discovers the full extent of the damage done to Chesham’s ‘special girls’ and the danger that are still in. 

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The Ice by Laline Paull

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How deep do the lies go?

It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted.  While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings.  The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear.  What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body.

It is Tom Harding, lost in an accident three years ago and now revealed by the melting ice of Midgard glacier.  Tom has come to Midgard to help launch the new venture of his best friend of thirty years, Sean Cawson – a man whose business relies on discretion and powerful connections – and who was the last person to see him alive.

Their friendship had been forged by a shared obsession with Arctic exploration.  And although Tom’s need to save the world often clashed with Sean’s desire to conquer it, Sean has always believed that underneath it all, they shared the same goals.

But as the inquest into Tom’s death begins, the choices made by both men – in love and in life – are put on the stand.  And when cracks appear in the foundations of Sean’s glamorous world, he is forced to question what price he has really paid for a seat at the establishment’s table.

Just how deep do the lies go?

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