Best fantasy novel I have read for years.


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A job. A family. He thought he’d moved on.

But when his eighteen-year-old son Alex is arrested and taken to the palace, Matthew realizes his past has caught up with him.

Meanwhile, novice mage, delivery driver, and part-time thief Roy is looking for answers. A simple break-in takes a sinister turn when he stumbles across a weapon imbued with destructive magic and glowing with the sigil of Ardveld’s deceased royalty.

Across the city, a string of strange magic attacks prompts an investigation by Ardveld’s newly appointed Head of Magical Affairs, Tamara. What she discovers threatens to reveal the truth about Ardveld’s takeover, and will determine the future of the survivors.

WBJ Martin’s The Mechanics of Magic is a modern fantasy novel set in the fictional land of Ardveld; a semi-modern country where magic and technology have existed side by side in relative harmony since the destruction of the royal family twenty-three years earlier. It follows four characters that accidentally get caught up in a conflict over an unknown type of magic as they uncover the truth about Ardveld’s past.

Themes include overcoming trauma, tradition vs change, and found family. The book has no content warnings and is aimed at a new-adult/adult audience, but would still be suitable for young adults or teens.

“I would recommend this book to anyone not just fantasy fans.”

“Witty, inspiring and perfectly paced, this book is a great read for anyone who’s ever questioned their place in the world.”

“Brilliant read, loved every moment of it.”

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