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Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars

A Novel

Sarah Gailey; read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio



Macmillan Audio

Macmillan Audio

On Sale: 06/04/2019

ISBN: 9781250227867


Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in Magic for Liars, a fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey.

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.

Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.

She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.

Ivy Gamble is a liar.

When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister—without losing herself.

“An unmissable debut.”—Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire

Locus Awards - Nominee, Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year



IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE while to get there, but I’ll tell you everything, and I’ll tell you the truth. As best I can. I used to lie, but when I tell you the story, you’ll understand why I had...

Praise for Magic for Liars

"Throw in some narration by award-winning narrator Xe Sands and you’ve got one deliciously entertaining listen."

Praise for American Hippo: River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and New Stories:

Gailey's [novella] is a gift of violent, unexpected glee." —Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author

"River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite." —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

“Weird and wonderful, River of Teeth proves handily why Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author

"River of Teeth is a wonderfully original." —NPR


Reviews from Goodreads

Sarah Gailey; read by Xe Sands

Hugo and Campbell finalist SARAH GAILEY came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online, going viral frequently for their stories and joie de vivre. They are a regular contributor to multiple websites, including, where their Women of Harry Potter series was named a Hugo finalist for Best Related Work. Gailey's nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and writes short fiction for various popular outlets.

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