Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Eight fantasy novels about the end of magic

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Jeff Somers tagged eight books that "assert that magic was real, but has faded or been destroyed," including:
Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory

This isn’t a typical End of Magic story—or a typical story in any way. The Telemachus family once made waves by demonstrating mental powers—astral projection, telekinesis, predicting the future. Then one day, their act is debunked on live television, their matriarch dies, and the family enters a lengthy decline. But do they actually have amazing powers? Buddy Telemachus seems to be able to see bits of the future, but all of his visions end on a specific date, implying either the end of all things, or the end of his psychic powers—or possibly just the end of Buddy. This sprawling family history weaves a fistful of plot threads that converge on one epic day, and finding out whether the magic was ever real, and if it will survive, is more than enough reason to read all the way to the end.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue