City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1) by Mirah Bolender

City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1)

Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic—and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling.Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die before they finish training.Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last—and only—sweeper s...

Details City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1)

TitleCity of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1)
Release DateNov 20th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Reviews City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1)

  • Carrie
    City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender is the first book in the Chronicles of Amicae fantasy series. The series is set in a world somewhat similar to ours however society and the use of magic are certainly different.For the last five hundred years sweepers have been cleaning up after a weapon that was created and went out of control. When magical amulets run out or are broken creatures are unleashed that feed upon whatever is in their path whethe...
  • Hannah
    I really am not that great at predicting which books I will adore. I was so sure I would love this because at the surface it does so many things I appreciate in books; but I also found its pace fairly slow and, more importantly, some of the narrative decisions when it came to the characters unfortunate.Set in a partly industrialized fantasy setting (something I happen to really enjoy), this story follows Laura, newly employed Sweeper working for ...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Interesting set-up. There are bicycles, cars and dress styles reminiscent of the early 20th century. Steampunk, but not quite. The city itself comes across as a version of Minas Tirith, with added technology. Radios and telephones make an appearance, powered by amulets imbued with magic. The magic system is something I have not come across before, although the skills the Sweepers gain through use of the amulets made me think of Brandon Sanderson...
  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    3,5 stars Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI am going to start off with saying that the official synopsis is misleading. It talks about an elite team. It’s not. It says Laura is the last one standing, she’s not. It talks about sweepers being non-magic humans. They aren’t. I feel like the synopsis is trying to sell this book to be a lot more epic than it really is. It’s not. Havin...
  • Rosie Rizk
    First off, I don't think they did a good job with the blurb. I don't normally summarize a book in a review, but I think this one needs it since the official one is not detailed enough, and doesn't properly fit the book. Here goes:The story is set in a country that uses the equivelent of late 20th century technology. Women are expected to marry, but it is acceptable for them to take on secretarial type jobs. There are some rare, but amazing women ...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .I was excited about this book when I heard about it.  The hook - a group of monsters that eat magic and everything else that they can get a hold of.  The only thing standing in the way are a group called sweepers.  These sweepers are described on Amazon as "bomb squad that defuses magic weapons."  The blurb...
  • Melliane
    3.5/5Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI did not know about the novel, but after reading the synopsis, it’s true that I was intrigued! Well, I must say that already, with the mention of magic, I knew that I was going to want to discover the story!Laura is a sweeper, well an apprentice sweeper and she works with her boss to eliminate magical infestations and it’s really not easy! On top of that, she must also face the morals of people who ...
  • Hélène Louise
    4,5 *Not a perfect book but a near perfect read :)RTC near publishing date
  • Hélène Louise
    This book was a lovely surprise! I was somewhat worried in the beginning, as classical fantasy tends to bore me rather easily these days... But "City of broken magic" has some real personality and some excellent characters, and consequently my reading was great!To begin with the minor flaws. They're all of the same trend, about some rather confusing points: nothing really problematic, just small ideas you keep wondering about in the back of your ...
  • Jennifer
    This book started off strong with a (sadly, one time only) point of view of a monster (a blobby mass of malevolence who reminded me a bit of Hexxus from the movie Ferngully) being born and seeking out some food. It was a great introduction to a book with a strong, original premise about a world where Sweepers do the work of monster removal in a society that doesn't believe the monsters exist anymore, and consequently has no appreciation for the d...
  • Arybo ✨
    Your instincts are good. Follow them. 💫So, this book reminds me of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, the movie. I don’t know why, I don’t know how. I know that I liked it a lot. There is a world that could be described as a 20th century setting, with trains and bicycles and guns. There are women at work, in important jobs, as political leaders. But there is also the judgement of people about women’s life, women’s jobs, women’s...
  • Stacy
    I gave it 2.5 starsCITY OF BROKEN MAGIC was.....confusing. I was pretty excited about CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC when I read the blurb, but I just couldn't get into the story. I hate to say it, but I skimmed a lot of the book after the first half. The world was actually pretty neat, I just couldn't stay in the zone and got bored while reading.I actually really liked the characters. Clae was brusque, but interesting. I hated how things ended with him. L...
  • Rebecca Bowyer
    City of Broken Magic, by Mirah Bolender, is a refreshingly original fantasy novel which follows Laura as she pursues her dreams of becoming a ‘Sweeper’. The art of using magic to defeat monsters is a dangerous and dying profession, but one that’s about to become extremely important again.The world that Bolender has created is fascinating. The magic system is so very detailed, with complex hidden structures all over Amicae supporting the pro...
  • Jason S Wrench
    After reading some of the reviews on here, I admit that I was a bit confused in the beginning of the book. The introduces a number of terms that are used elsewhere in fiction like "infestation," "gin, "kin," etc. that had specific meanings attached to them in this word, but did not resemble those in our world. I do think some initial clarification could have been given to make it easier to dive right into the world.Once I kind of figured out what...
  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart3.5 heartsReview copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I just love books with magic.  I saw this and the blurb sounded great so I was excited to get City of Broken Magic.  I wish I had re-read the blurb again before I read the book and some things might have made more sense but others would have made less, so..   Yes, I ha...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    This debut fantasy novel showed a lot of promise, but by the end, I was just skimming, trying to finish the book for a review.Laura is an apprentice Sweeper, a professional trained to deal with the magical infestations that threaten her world. Created as a weapon that then got out of control, infestations take root in magical amulets and grow until they begin devouring people. At the most extreme, out of control infestations can destroy whole cit...
  • *Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
    Actual rating 3.5/5.Full review to come!
  • Mike
    This book features a determined young woman making her way in a dangerous profession - one of a bare few underresourced people fighting monsters, the existence of which the city is determined to officially deny. That's an excellent start, and it progresses with plenty of excitement and action, and some degree of personal and interpersonal growth. The setting was a bit lightly done; in particular, I always have a problem with an isolated island (e...
  • Jennifer Jamieson
    Laura has been apprenticed to Head Sweeper Clae for a few months now, and work hasn't stopped being dangerous and weird. Sweepers come to the rescue when citizens forget to check that their magical amulets are still full of magic and operating without damage. When amulets are empty or damaged, that's when magical monsters they call Infestations can take hold--and infestations like eating living things. Their city's Sweeper team is smaller than mo...
  • Laura Edgely bishop
    What happens when magic doesn't work the way it should? Well, Monsters, of course. Clae and Laura are sweepers and charged with dealing with these monsters. There has been an increase in monster activity, is the mob responsible? The Sullivans hire Clae and Laura to come check out their house and make sure it is clean. They soon find out, the Sullivans want to change the pipes in the city, but in order to do so, they must change the place the swee...
  • Natty
    I don't think I've read any other book that has this style and system of magic and it's interaction with the society built around it. Truly novel and incredibly entertaining, the story builds to a truly engrossing pace full of action and a brilliant strong female character that is strong and resilient and independent. I love so many things about this story and it was one of the most unique and engrossing books I've read in a while.
  • Ashley
    You can read the whole nonsensical review on my ridiculous blog here. It has gifs!So the city of Amicae is built with a Minas Tirith-like tier system and exists in a world that seems an awful lot like Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle, complete with blob-slime-monsters called “infestations” that happen if you don’t keep your amulet plugged in or…something. I’m not 100% certain how the whole magic-infestation-system works here, bu...
  • Naomi Downing
    Five hundred years ago a weapon was created that the creators couldn't control. An infestation that ate magic and anything else it came into contact with. Since the creation only a team, known as sweepers, are able to defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. But because it's a dangerous job most sweepers don't make it through training alive. Laura has convinced head sweeper Clae to take her on as his apprentice and teach her the way...
  • Patricia Hamill
    This one caught my eye because I love stories with interesting magic systems. It didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed Laura, the main character, who is rather all in with regard to her chosen profession. She’s been in awe of sweepers since childhood, even though her own town has been downplaying their need and importance for years. Despite this, she lands an apprenticeship with the rather moody and unpleasant Clae, the head sweeper, and earns her cho...
  • Cheyanne Lepka
    *** Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with a free eARC of this book ***I loved the idea of this book. It sounded different and interesting, but was sadly disappointing for me. I’m still in love with the ideas of sweepers and magic going wrong, and having to clean it up. I even loved Clae as a character. But unfortunately the presentation just didn’t quite cut it for me. Just when I would start getting into the st...
  • Marzie
    3.5 StarsGetting a debut novel to publication is a long process for an author and I try to be sensitive to that fact. Finding a debut with a fresh take is always a plus. But sometimes the execution of a good idea seems elusive. Having great editorial direction can lead an author to a better story but that, too, is a hard thing to find. In the past year I've read more than a few debut novels in which better editorial direction might have taken a p...
  • Tamara
    In this novel, dark magic is on the rise. In the form of infestations growing out of broken amulets, they kill without a thought and it takes a lot of skill to get rid of them. Laura is one of the few people who try to do this in the city of Amicae. She is new, her boss is kind of rude and she isn't taken as seriously as she should be.This story is interesting. That's the best way I can combine my conflicting feelings about this book in one sente...
  • Samantha
    DNF at 25%This book was boring. The main character was... bland. She didn't have anything interesting about her. Sometimes a normal protagonist can be good, but this one is too normal. The other main character was supposed to be all gruff and grumpy, and he was a little more interesting, but there wasn't anything else to go on. It was like a slightly less-boring co-worker that you still don't talk to.The worldbuilding was confusing. It's like the...
  • Madhu MaBookYard -
    My Rating : 2.75🌟An infestation that can eat magic. Sweepers(Non-magic humans) who die before they finish their training to kill the infestations. And now the last set of sweepers stand between the city and a massive infestation that threatens the whole city. .First of all, I love the concept of how the world was set. It definitely paved way to the ending smoothly. Second, I loved the character Clay! He is the only character I ended up loving ...