City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

City of Broken Magic

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

TitleCity of Broken Magic
Release DateNov 20th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction

Reviews City of Broken Magic

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Hélène Louise
    4,5 *Not a perfect book but a near perfect read :)RTC near publishing date
  • Melliane
  • Rebecca Bowyer
    Full review to come!
  • *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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Billie
    It's a debut written by a very young writer and it feels like it. The pacing is uneven and I skimmed fairly large swathes of descriptive passages to try to keep things moving along a bit. I did like the relationship between Laura and Clae, but wish the book hadn't been strictly from Laura's POV so that I could have gotten more of the relationship between Clae and others and more insight into Okane and his relationships once he joined the team. Th...
  • Coreena McBurnie
    I love the premise of this book, that there is a small group of “sweepers” who fight monster infestations that the city in a realistic fantasy world is loathe to acknowledge.The main character, Laura, is engaging. We immediately want to root for her and for her to become the sweeper she has always dreamed of becoming. I love strong female protagonists, and Laura certainly is one.The world building is great as well, with the setting being some...
  • Neil Plakcy
    I liked this but was annoyed at the way the product page at Amazon spoiled the whole plot. Laura Kramer is an interesting character and so is her boss Clae Sinclair, but I tended to skim over the points that explained the gin and the kin, the sources of magic, and all the back story about the different towns and history. Perhaps that will be important if this becomes a series.
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Review pending.
  • Jessica Walters
    When is book 2 getting here?
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    Review to follow.
  • Smart
    This book was lacking for me! I'm finding myself steer away from sci fi! There's nothing new anymore! Predictable book! Thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
  • Monica
    It was a awesome fantasy/action read! The main character is a strong young woman who is focused on her job and staying alive. I love the head sweepers attitude of ‘it’s better to be a pain’ and how rude he is to everyone. The was actually a fair amount of humour in this book.I kept expecting a bit of romance in the book, but the story sticks straight with the fantasy genre.The main characters had a lot of personal growth through the book. W...
  • Suzanne Schick rivera
    Middle of the road for me. It is quirky, has monsters, magic, and mystery. Clae is the right kind of weird and I really wanted to fall in love. It just was missing that spark.