City of Broken Magic

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

  • Title: City of Broken Magic
  • Author: Mirah Bolender
  • ISBN: 1250169275
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 stay 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 standing between the city and a massive infestation Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 400 pages Published November 20th 2018 by Tor Books More Details ISBN 1250169275 ISBN13 9781250169273 Series Chronicles of Amicae 1 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about City of Broken Magic, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book FearlessWomen 12 books 6 voters November 2018 Book Releases 46 books 8 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 06, 2018 Carrie rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 whether it was the enemy or alley.Laura has convinced he 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 whether it was the enemy or alley.Laura has convinced head sweeper Clae to take her on as his apprentice and teach her the way of the sweepers It s uncommon for women to be in the work force so Laura has to work twice are hard to prove herself in the dangerous trade where most apprentices are killed before they complete the training.As one can tell from my rating this one just wasn t for me and that was unfortunate because the magic use and world seemed to be creative The thing that got me with this book was it was definitely not fast paced as advertised For example, the book starts off with an infestation that takes the first two chapters to battle and at only 27 chapters in a 400 or so page book this was quite some time It s actually taken me three days to get to the end which is so out of the ordinary for me as I kept losing interest and putting it back down Perhaps those that enjoy a slower build would like the world than myself though but I will have to pass one continuing with the series.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 43 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 21, 2018 Hannah rated it liked it Shelves arc, fantasy 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, 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 what is basically a bomb squad but for monsters a 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, 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 what is basically a bomb squad but for monsters awesome, right The world and the premise are brilliant but the way this story is told might have worked better in a different medium I would love this as a video game for example Laura and her boss have to banish different monsters, always trying to find new ways to do so These scenes, while exhilerating in the beginning, did start to feel a bit stale fairly soon When the newest team member arrives, the story lost steam for me even I found Laura s reaction to him deeply troubling in its lack of empathy and also not quite fitting for her character who before has not displayed this much selfishness.I did really love the world but did not always appreciate the world building itself There were many super interesting ideas floating around but they never felt organically integrated into the story Ultimately the world building happened mostly through info dumping and slowed down the pacing even.While I in theory appreciate the commentary on women s roles in this society, I found its discussion in the text fairly obvious and not all that original Laura is quick to assume everybody s reaction to her is down to them being sexist and while that may well be the case the reader was never shown the way sexism is integral to the society but is rather told so One major problem I had in this context was that while we were told that women were only allowed certain jobs, we were shown many women in powerful positions without anybody reacting to that at all, indicating that this is in fact normal for the society This made Laura seem particularly thin skinned and her reaction often overblown.I received an arc courtesy of NetGalley and Tor Books in exchange for an honest review You can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog flag 30 likesLike see review Oct 10, 2018 Cathy cathepsut rated it it was ok Shelves fantasy, did not finish, read 2018 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 s Stormlight Archives and the Surgebinding used th 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 s Stormlight Archives and the Surgebinding used there.Women are supposed to be wives, wear dresses and are considered whores the moment they do not comply Nonetheless our heroine runs around in trousers and learns a trade There is a bit of a wild mish mash of ideas and concepts going on.Promising start, but pretty much from the beginning there was no suspense for me I did not dislike the writing, but it definitely did not do it for me I had to make myself pick up the book every single time I started some heavy skimming about seven chapters into the book, around the time they picked up Okane What a disappointing character When he first showed up, I thought Oh, interesting, some hidden plot and mysterious forces However, he turned into some mopey, inarticulate teenager DNF at 52% The book felt very episodic up to that point Every other chapter or so there is a gradually worse and powerful monster to be vanquished I suppose in the last chapter there will be a dungeon master level infestation and I had the odd peek at the chapters in the second half of the book the crucial and predictable reveal It s ok, I suppose, but nothing new or exciting.I received this free e copy from Macmillan Tor Forge via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Mogsy MMOGC rated it liked it Shelves review copy, fantasy, urban, magic 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hundred years ago, a magical weapon was created in the form of an infestation that ate magic, but it quickly got out of hand and became impossible to control This power burrowed itself into amulets and would grow and devour everything in its path if not contained Only individuals with talent and specialized training, called Sweepers, can defuse and dispose of these magical ticking time bombs.Enter Laura, an appren 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hundred years ago, a magical weapon was created in the form of an infestation that ate magic, but it quickly got out of hand and became impossible to control This power burrowed itself into amulets and would grow and devour everything in its path if not contained Only individuals with talent and specialized training, called Sweepers, can defuse and dispose of these magical ticking time bombs.Enter Laura, an apprentice Sweeper who works with her boss Clae to rid the city of these dangerous threats The problem though, is that the local politicians have been deceiving their people into believing that infestations aren t really a problem any As a result, Clae s office is severely underfunded, and no one takes the profession as seriously as they should All it will take is one mistake or one act of malice for a massive infestation to level the entire city.This wasn t a terrible book, but it very clearly could have been improved For one thing, it s always unfortunate when a publisher description oversells the story When I read bomb squad that defuses magic weapons , I immediately pictured elite ard special teams and lots of suspense and excitement Too bad this book had none of these things I was expecting something akin to a fast paced thriller, but instead what I got was a somewhat dry and meandering plot that seemed to lack even a main conflict for the first half of the novel As a result, the early part of the story felt like it had no direction, a problem also exacerbated by too much info dumping While the world building may have been able to capture the reader s imagination at least initially , having no immediate hook meant that any interest I had in the plot rapidly faded.The other problem I had was with the characters It s one thing to be progressive and proud to work in a profession not conventionally held by women, but Laura goes through life with an air of superiority I didn t much care for Often, she had this attitude of dismissal or contempt for subjects that she doesn t understand or things that don t interest her, which drove me crazy And God forbid we ever forget she s bucking gender norms and society s expectations of her, because she never fails to remind us every chance she gets Then there was Clae, her boss and head Sweeper He s tactless, brusque, and incredibly antagonistic towards everyone, reminding me of a annoying and less lovable version of Benedict Cumberbatch s Sherlock Holmes In fact, I feel like that was exactly what the author was trying for, attempting to channel BBC s 21st century portrayal of the famous literary detective, except Clae comes across just plain unlikeable, and Laura is no Martin Freeman s Watson to pull off the part in this double act.There were a few things I did enjoy One was the world building It wasn t as well developed as I would have liked, but I was intrigued by the notion of magical amulets that held infestations that could grow into monsters capable of destroying cities I also loved the concept of Sweepers In truth, taken individually, all the ideas in this book are great, but as a whole, they feel like pieces of a puzzle that don t fit together quite right Perhaps if the plot been clearer and cogent, the world building might have reached its full potential.Overall, I think it was a combination of a vague synopsis and disorganized storytelling that made City of Broken Magic a miss for me It s a shame because I really wanted to like this one, as there were many ideas in here that I liked Sadly, they were unable to carry the plot, which struggled to get off the ground, or make me overcome my initial distaste for the characters Since this is Mirah Bolender s debut, I chalk most of these up to new author problems, and if this is to become a series, hopefully the next book will have many of the issues ironed out flag 16 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Annemieke A Dance with Books rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, 3 and a half star, fantasy 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 epic than it really is It s not Having said that, I don t think this is a bad book either It i 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 epic than it really is It s not Having said that, I don t think this is a bad book either It is just that I see so much wasted potential Laura is an apprentice to the head sweeper Clae At the moment of starting this book they are the only sweepers of their city As sweepers they have to diffuse amulets that have become infested Their job is made harder by the fact that the council is selling to their people that they are safe between the walls of their city and that infestations rarely happen It is why their team is so small and why training is mostly during actual situations The increase of infestations is worrying How are they going to be able to handle it with just the two of them And how can they make the city see that they aren t safe at all The whole idea of having to diffuse amulets that have become infested is such an interesting and original idea But it lacks a little in the world building The problem I have is that the world building was very confusing And for a good portion I was just kind of going with it When they get the new apprentice we suddenly get a chapter full of info dump on things we hadn t gotten But that didn t make it any clear and it was hard to grasp what kin was or how the pitts, where they put the diffused amulets, exactly did I still can t tell you And I don t have a good idea of all the rings of the city There are also bits that don t make sense How Clae never told Laura why the tree they visited was important And I am still fuzzy on the whole of the city not knowing that they still have so many infestations in the city, ones that aren t just placed by the mobs It just doesn t make sense for them to believe that when the city s nearby still have to deal with it Other cities make fun of them for it.On the other hand I did enjoy the characters for the most part Laura was great to follow She is very determined to make it in the job as sweeper in a society that would still rather see woman married and taking care of kids or as a receptionist The fact that she wears pants is scandalous of course She doesn t let herself get side tracked by romance though there is some potential there She just doesn t want to get forced into a life that society expects her to have and be unhappy She has seen how they have treated her aunt who she lives with The one thing I didn t like about her was how she got jealous of their new apprentice Akane came to them after a job they worked, where he was a slave Slavery is not suppose to be a thing any but when you have money that apparently doesn t matter Akane is very different from Laura He takes this chance at apprenticeship because it is what Clae offers and what else is he going to do He doesn t have anything He is very fearful and clearly heavily impacted by his life as a slave Finding his way in a job that offers so many new things, danger and with a boss that perhaps isn t quite so empathic is so hard I felt for him I don t think Clae did right by him Clae is the head sweeper The prodigy if you will Or so he is shown at the start He is brass, rude and won t negotiate But as the story continues we discover things from his family and his past that clearly shaped him to be who he is Overall I still think this book is worth a read The world building isn t as strong as it should be with this setting But the idea and characters are still great to read about For now it seems to be a standalone but I am expecting there to be a sequel While major things were wrapped up, there are still some things left that I think Laura and Akane will want to deal with flag 10 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2018 Rosie Rizk rated it really liked it Shelves action, developed characters, excellent, strong female, world building 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 working in higher tier jobs politics, police, etc 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 working in higher tier jobs politics, police, etc In addition to technology, they also use amulets for various purposes Once those amulets run out of juice, human eating monsters come out of them Sweepers are trained in the job of exterminating these dangerous beings The problem with our MC s city, is that their politicians convinced people that their city is sort of immune to monsters Anytime there s an incident, it s blamed on the mobs This means that Sweepers have bad press, and next to no staff.So we have dangerous monsters, and two and a half Sweepers to clean up the problem However, there s currently a spike in the frequency strength of the attacks, and Laura the MC has to figure out how to excel at her job, work with her new fellow useless apprentice, deal with her taciturn boss, and somehow survive a sudden massive invasion, among other things.I really enjoyed this book It reminded me a lot of The Screaming Staircase series by Jonathan Stroud, although the characters are older in their 20s It s got a similar plot and vibe quick thinking characters fighting a never ending battle against monsters that think humans make for a good meal.The book is well written, with a good mix between action, character development, world building, magic weapons, and an excellent plot I liked the sparks between Laura and her boss, Clae, who pisses everyone off, because why not I m also happy that while there were potential moments with several characters, Laura remained focused on her job, appreciated her status as a free single woman, and didn t go running off after romantic rainbows, despite family pressure.It ends with most of the big issues resolved, although there s lots of room for a second book, and I m pretty sure there will be one Scratch that, there HAS to be a continuation Basically, this was a great book It kept me up late into the night I highly recommend it.Disclaimer I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 12, 2018 Hollis marked it as did not finish review of another edition Shelves arc, ebook DNF at 28%I just couldn t get into this one The writing was fine, the worldbuilding kinda confusing, but I just wasn t caring about the characters or the few events that had occurred up until this point Also I d like to point out the summary is kind of misleading I expected this to be a contemporary real world ish setting and it s not It s something entirely different And Laura is not the only member of the squad so I don t know why that s mentioned, either Anyway Not my cup of tea flag 6 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 20, 2018 The Captain rated it did not like it Shelves walk the plank 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 as bomb squad that defuses magic weapons The blurb claims that sweepers are non magical beings and that a 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 as bomb squad that defuses magic weapons The blurb claims that sweepers are non magical beings and that a sweeper named Laura is all that stands between the city and annihilation Part of the problem with this book is that the blurb and this descriptions are NOT what the book is about Laura is not the last sweeper left standing The sweepers are not non magical The sweepers do not feel like a bomb squad at all.The positive things that made me finish the book were I loved the characters in this book The main character, Laura, was intelligent, daring, snarky, and caring This type of character always floats me boat I also liked her teacher, Clae, and the other apprentice I even liked the side characters like Morgan, Laura s aunt who cares about her niece but just doesn t understand anything about her I liked the weird monsters and how they manifested I loved the opening scene told from the monster s point of view I wanted to know about the monsters and how they worked.While those things keep me reading, the world building and plot made it harder and harder to finish the book Unfortunately, there were major issues that made this an unlikable read for me The Monsters Well this be the entire reason I wanted to read this book I love me some fierce fighting of nasty beasties Sadly the fighting was lackluster There never seemed to be any real tactics for fighting or finding them The two responses seemed to be throwing bombs at them and running away from them Luck not strategy seemed to decide every encounter The Magic This was one of those books where ye be thrown into the magic system and have to learn as ye go There are cool hints to how the magic is used The main basis for magic use is amulets I liked the idea that these amulets are highly regulated They have to be cataloged, recharged, and recycled However, they also made no sense For example, if ye use them as an assassination technique there be no guarantee that the target would die Like why try to kill a rich man by putting one in the kitchen a place he would never go in Plus to use one like that means that the city might be destroyed Dumb Info Dumping I don t mind learning the world structure or rules as the story progresses I do hate info dumping In this story, the plot abruptly stops so that Laura can give lessons to the other apprentice a former slave in history, magic use, politics, etc And it is furtively done while her teacher is out I didn t find the history or piecemeal magic explanations to be anything but boring and nonsensical The Training This is one of those books where the teacher withholds vital information There is only the teacher and two students protecting the entire city If the teacher dies then the city is screwed So why wouldn t there be an open exchange of knowledge Makes no sense His method of teaching is mostly to learn on the job No wonder he lost eight former apprentices They spend a ton of time sitting in the shop waiting for clients or police to inform them of monster attacks Shouldn t that time be spent training or investigating Also the teacher, Clae, makes the point multiple times that book learning is pointless Then DO something The Social Structure Much of this book is spent focused on how Laura is not in the norm because she doesn t want to get married or wear dresses And yet the police chief is a woman A major politician is a woman A investigative journalist is a woman Lots of seekers in other cities are women These facts go against the author s own premise of the society Diversity I support diversity in literature Yet this book seems set in a normative society Heterosexual relationships Standard gender roles Monogamy Then randomly, Clae and his student have an awkward conversation about past relationships There is a random lesbian relationship thrown in In the context of the story, this seemed tossed in to fill a check box and to help set up a future romantic relationship between teacher and student I was not a fan Plot There really wasn t a cohesive story line or decent explanations for events It felt like the author had filler around the couple of scenes she wanted to write This book felt like a very rough first draft that needed massive editing and rewrites This concept should have the reader on edge instead of trying to make sense of what is happening most of the time.Fun concepts here I wish this one would have focused on the monster battles and how the monster fighting community works Shame because I wanted to like this one Unfortunately it must walk the plank Arrrr So lastly.Thank you Macmillian Tor Forge Check out me other reviews at flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 La La Everyones Crazy Aunt rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves on my kindle, review arcs netgalley 3.5 on the blog.I went back and forth several times with this book thinking I was going to give it three stars, then four, then three, no four and again and again, ha ha However, in the end I enjoyed of the story than not and in a couple of places it was a solid page turner I was invested in all the characters The premise and many of the story elements were quite unique, for me anyway, and the magical system was fresh, too.One of my problems, which has nothing to do with the book, is 3.5 on the blog.I went back and forth several times with this book thinking I was going to give it three stars, then four, then three, no four and again and again, ha ha However, in the end I enjoyed of the story than not and in a couple of places it was a solid page turner I was invested in all the characters The premise and many of the story elements were quite unique, for me anyway, and the magical system was fresh, too.One of my problems, which has nothing to do with the book, is wondering why the publisher felt they needed to make the and Netgalley summaries complete fabrications A lot of bloggers, myself included, requested the book based on the summary and were a bit miffed when we started reading and the storyline wasn t near as exciting as it was made to seem.The magical system was on the complicated side, and I think in a few instances it could have been better explained I didn t find any holes in it, as such, but some items had too many alternate names and forms and it wasn t necessary Also, the term monster was used for too many different things The world building was pretty solid, and I am a stickler about both of these things I liked that the story mirrored some of the socio political and socio economic goings on in our own world today.What it all boils down to is that it was good storytelling and I enjoyed reading it and I am looking forward to reading the next book.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2018 Melliane rated it liked it 3.5 5Mon avis en Fran aisMy 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 think that a woman like her should not work in this are 3.5 5Mon avis en Fran aisMy 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 think that a woman like her should not work in this area Is not it better to be a switchboard operator or even a housewife But our heroine does not hear it that way and she is determined to become the best one not that there are many by the way.I found the idea of the novel very nice, but I must admit that I struggled to get into history because I found that the universe was very confusing We are propelled into it without understanding what is happening and it is true that this aspect was a little complicated Other than that, I had a good time with the three characters and I was curious to see how the story was going to end flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 H l ne Louise rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, netgalley 4,5 Not a perfect book but a near perfect read RTC near publishing date flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 H l ne Louise rated it really liked it Shelves family story, fantasy, ya fantasy 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 mind Some explanations come rather too late, for 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 mind Some explanations come rather too late, for instance the town which seemed smaller for me than it must be, as another exemple Also that I thought for a while that Amicae was absolutely cut from other towns, except for controlled commerce, and was surprised to see that comings and goings were authorized, that trips were perfectly possible, if uncommon So, nothing big really In fact the most annoying point is the book s presentation, which is half false, implying that there are Mages using magic they aren t really, magic comes from a mineral which can infused some objects and give them magical energy, so using magic is up to anybody wealthy enough to buy magic infused amulets and also that the heroine will have to fight all alone false again In fact the truth is much interesting and I don t understand why this presentation is so wrong Well, let s hope that some changes will be made before publishing dateNow that this small matter of vagueness is set, lets talk about the good things I liked the author imagination and the world building And if it s sometimes a little fuzzy around the edges it s quite counterbalanced by its personality and originality One could easily imagine some kind of nice developments in this world, and I hope there will be The action, which evolves by spurts as most of the job is about waiting, preparing and tiding is quite good, reminding me often about the excellent series Lockwood and co by Jonathan Stroud A mix of thorough preparations, specialised magical weapons, courage, quick thinking, mutual assistance and sheer luck.What I liked most in this book, which is a sensitive point for me, is characters development, which was great The main characters were real persons, eluding all the stereotypes and clich s so frequently encountered in so many books, people with background stories which were actually affecting them along the story I especially liked the heroine, Laura, a very normal person, likeable, competent and courageous but always in a credible kind of way She may be petty sometimes, but is never unkind and tries to better a nicer person she s young and still maturing.Indeed one of the main theme is about self affirmation, especially when the entourage, even persons well meant, trie to prevent you to do what you want with your own life The relationship between Laura and her aunt is especially subtle in this way.In a general manner characters, are never caricatured, being slowly nuanced Good characters make half of a good read for me, and as the story was also very good the book was a hit for me I really hope that the sequel will be out soon a sequel clearly implied by the end of the story which, if neatly wrapped up, suggests some nice future developments City of Broken Magic is a book I recommend to all readers who like stories with personality, credible characters, with no gratuitous violence, stories about friendship and family ties, stories which don t yield to the pressure of genres diktats It s a debut novel, and it shows a little bit, that s true But I will take anytime a good and personal story, even greenish, rather than a perfectly controlled conventional bland one I thank Netgalley and Macmillan Tor Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Jennifer rated it really liked it 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 any, and consequently has no appreciation for the danger Sweepers put themselves in I read a review 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 any, and consequently has no appreciation for the danger Sweepers put themselves in I read a review of this book that said while the reviewer loved the world in this book, they didn t always love the world building I d have to agree with that assessment The action scenes in this book are great, but they are balanced out with perhaps too much exposition and world building Like most epic fantasies and first books in a planned series , there is a lot to unpack here As a faithful reader, I carefully inventory all of that unpacking to seek clues to things that will come later in the book Some clues like a lengthy descriptions of the pits and why they re maintained or Clae referring to Anselm, pay off later in the book while others all of the mob business didn t, or maybe just didn t in this particular book In other cases the world building just had some odd holes in it like why would you frequently take your apprentice to a giant tree and never explain to her its pivotal role in protecting the city It all felt a little disjointed.Thankfully though, the world building is balanced out by strong characters Although I would have liked to see development on Akane Laura is a likeable character Her family drama isn t fleshed out much but we learn a lot about gender inequality in this world she lives in and her need to feel like she is a valued member of society I have no idea why the promotional materials for this book said Laura is the last Sweeper That is true for exactly ZERO PERCENT of the book, and keeps you waiting for a big death scene every time she and Clae do battle Clae is an even intriguing character I enjoyed the section where he and Laura journeyed to another city to visit other Sweepers and unpack some history Overall, I dug this book a lot Just not sure I d necessarily seek out a sequel The ending sees our heroes receiving a key, but I m not terribly invested in learning what that key will unlock On the other hand, perhaps with some of the introductory exposition now out of the way, this author would be free in a second book to let these characters run free and play That might be a book worth seeking out.Thanks to the author and NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Arybo rated it really liked it Shelves ebooks, fantasymonamour, read in 2018, read in english or spanish, thankstonetgalley, author b 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 marriage Laura is the main protagonist after reading a book 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 marriage Laura is the main protagonist after reading a book about magic sweepers she decided to become one of them She asked to the Sweeper leader of her City the city is called Amicae to accept her as apprentice So she became one of them The problem is that there are few people who know about their existence In this world the cities are created by magic, but not in all the cities the civil population knows about who control the magic, as the sweepers Magic and amulets control mobsters, monsters and felins Out of the city the wild nature is very powerful, and it s attracted by magic people I like that the main character is about 20 year old, it seems realistic and reliable I like her relationship with her boss and with the other apprentice I like that the book ends with a lot of question But what I I like the most is the magic system it fascinated me, it captured me It was like magic became energy and energy became power The power, however, must be catalyzed with amulets and magic objects Oh, I like this theme of the book An other interesting experience in this novel was to understand the world building There are a lot of city with a lot of differences it was hard to understand everything, but I liked it even i received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Stacy rated it liked it Shelves requested, netgalley I gave it 2.5 starsCITY OF BROKEN MAGIC wasusing 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 Laura was strongly built and I liked her right off I gave it 2.5 starsCITY OF BROKEN MAGIC wasusing 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 Laura was strongly built and I liked her right off the bat The side characters were also easy to like I m not really sure where CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC went wrong There was a lot of information given and I think I just got lost in all of it I also didn t feel like the plot was strong enough to carry everything through to the end I won t read from this series, but I didn t totally hate what I read This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 24, 2018 Rebecca Bowyer rated it really liked it Shelves recommended recent reads 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 protective elements and intricate details about how it all 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 protective elements and intricate details about how it all fits together and interacts with the monsters.The world building is neatly done In the opening scene Laura and Clae battle an infestation It s simultaneously exciting and thoroughly confusing The reader is simply dropped into the world and left to figure it out little bit by little bit.By about halfway through when we re battling another major infestation I felt thoroughly immersed and like I completely understood what was going on.Laura discovers, to her delight, that she s a natural at controlling amulets I loved the exploration of the discovery of natural talent Of people looking at you like you re amazing but not having to work for it, of it being easy But also the feeling that you ve found a sense of purpose Because if it comes naturally then nature must have planned it for you Like breathing.Read my full review on Story Addict flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Jason S Wrench rated it it was amazing 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 was going on within the world Bolender created, I 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 was going on within the world Bolender created, I really enjoyed the book There are a lot of interesting twists and turns that I did not expect And even though I saw the climax of the book coming from before I finished the first 1 3 of the text the evil rich guy does something stupid and sets the heroes up for catastrophe , I enjoyed the journey there I was given the opportunity to read a pre publication version of the book, and the text still had a few awkward grammatical issues, but I m sure that will be cleaned up before actual publication When it s all said and done, I m not completely sure what I would characterize this book as It s part urban fantasy, part steampunk, and part supernatural, and yet it s not completely any one of those at the same time Overall, I definitely think this book is a good read and would encourage anyone looking for something a bit different to read it when it comes out in November 2018 flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Anne Books of My Heart rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley publisher author, 2018 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 sense but others would have made less, so Yes, I had some of that first book I don t get the world 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 sense but others would have made less, so Yes, I had some of that first book I don t get the world I don t know the characters yet.Laura is the main character and we see the world through her She is a new adult, just out of school She is very young but capable I liked her and found she had realistic feelings We all want to sleep in sometimes or don t like parts of our job, or wonder how we are doing.As far as the work itself and the broken magic, I was frustrated by lack of understanding and action It didn t really get going until almost half way through Then, it was life and death crazy, and I was in fear for the characters I now like The action was harrowing and fast paced.Now I know the main characters, although there are some supporting ones to be developed, perhaps The basic facts are clear But what the hell are they going to do now I m totally ready for in the Chronicles of Amicae series flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Nichole rated it liked it Clae Sinclair is the Head Sweeper of Amicae Clae and his apprentice Laura take care of any infestations in their city Amulets hold various magic They can be used for everyday household things like cooking, or in jobs for speed, pretty much everything But when an amulet gets broken, it becomes the possible host to an infestation An infestation will destroy everything around it until it s stopped That s where the sweepers come in They make sure broken amulets are taken care of properly, and Clae Sinclair is the Head Sweeper of Amicae Clae and his apprentice Laura take care of any infestations in their city Amulets hold various magic They can be used for everyday household things like cooking, or in jobs for speed, pretty much everything But when an amulet gets broken, it becomes the possible host to an infestation An infestation will destroy everything around it until it s stopped That s where the sweepers come in They make sure broken amulets are taken care of properly, and they fight any infestations that arise.Somebody has it out for Clae Would they really unleash multiple infestations on the city just to get back at one man It looks that way.This story was good, but not great I thought the magic system sounded interesting, and I liked the characters I doubt I will continue the series though It just wasn t that memorable.I received a copy from Net Galley All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Sarah CoolCurryBooks rated it liked it Shelves 2018 release, fantasy, other world, protag female 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 cities Sweepers are there to stop them But Laura s 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 cities Sweepers are there to stop them But Laura s city has long been promoting the lie that they are immune to infestations, and as a result, the population is unprepared, Laura and her boss are the only Sweepers, and a powerful businessman is threatening to mess with the entire system that keeps infestations under control Infestations have been on the rise, and Laura will need to be ready.I really like the concept of a magical weapon gone out of control, and the infestations themselves were appropriately creepy However, they didn t make up for the comparatively weak plotting Let s be real, City of Broken Magic s plot was basically some strung together reasons for every increasing monster attacks I saw another review compare it to dungeon grinding in DD, and that feels accurate.I did like the infestations, but they relate to the novel s iffy treatment of race and colonialism Essentially, the entire continent of City of Broken magic was colonized five hundred years ago, and the native people created the infestations as a way to resist Only, the infestations got out of control and started devouring them too The few native people who remain alive are heavily discriminated against Words in the native language sound similar to Japanese, but we don t get much insight into their actual culture So, here s where I feel I feel iffy the Japanese sounding language is just sort of sprinkled in for effect and by having the investigation come from the native population, it s in a way making them responsible for their own genocide and placing the root of the continent s problems on them, the colonized people It s just a lot of stuff that is having my brain go, Erm, no this is uncomfortable and yikes Onto the topic of world building, it didn t feel that well thought out, and many of the elements relating to gender especially seemed inconsistent We re told over and over again what the expectations for women are, and Laura is constantly struggling with these Women are supposed to get married, and if they do work, they are in lower, service end jobs like secretaries and telephone operators Only, that doesn t match what we actually see The head of the police is a woman Journalists are women An influential city council member is a woman And the text never comments on the fact that these women are directly going against the established gender norms Essentially, the expectations placed on Laura seem artificial and a way to generate conflict for her character without relating authentically to the wider world.I started out liking the central protagonists Laura has pluck, and she wants to go beyond the limits of her city and see the wider world Her boss, Clae, reminded me sort of Sherlock Holmes an abrasive, stand offish character who probably does care beneath everything Probably because he was reminding me of Sherlock Holmes, I was also sort of thinking of Clae as somewhere on the asexual or aromantic spectrum, like me Then we find out that he has an ex girlfriend and Laura expresses surprise, saying she thought he was romantically stunted Urgh This whole thing upset me than microaggressions in fiction usually do, probably because I was headcanoning Clae as aro ace.My main issue with Laura is that she s a bit not like other girls There s a number of scenes where she mocks other girls for interest in boys as a way to show she s different and superior all while she s still presumably heterosexual and interested in boys She didn t have a romance plot in this book, but I have the feeling that the story s building up to Laura Clae.Overall, City of Broken Magic had a lot of elements that I don t think were well thought out or well handled, and it s also very much a debut novel The plotting was clunky, and there was a lot of info dumping I m unlikely to be recommending it in the future, but I would consider reading a future novel by Bolender, once she s matured as an author I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest review.Originally reviewed on The Illustrated Page flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Jeff Raymond rated it liked it Shelves read fantasy and horror A solid read, and this is coming from someone who struggles with urban fantasy Far from perfect, but an enjoyable read.Closer to a 3.5 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Thea WookieesMama Wilson rated it liked it Actual rating 3.5 5.Full review to come flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 24, 2018 Mike rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 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 especially one, as here, consisting of isolated cit 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 especially one, as here, consisting of isolated cities which it s dangerous to travel between developing high technology That s something that arises naturally in a continental setting where there s a lot of exchange of ideas and mobility among the population I read a pre publication copy, and my enjoyment was markedly reduced by the author s lack of apparent acquaintance with the past perfect tense A lot of authors today, when narrating in past tense, fail to go into past perfect to signal that they are talking about an event in the earlier past, which is disorienting and annoying I hope, but don t necessarily expect, that this will be fixed by the time of publication there are a lot of instances of it, which generally means that even a good copy editor will miss some Setting this aside, I found it good, though not great a touch depth to the characters and some thought given to the setting would have helped I received a copy via Netgalley for purposes of review flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Jennifer Jamieson rated it really liked it 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 most, as the city of Amicae lies to it s citizens i 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 most, as the city of Amicae lies to it s citizens it tells them they re free of naturally occurring monsters, and that any occurrence of Infestations are purposefully put there by vengeful members of the mob.When Laura and Clae kick out an Infestation in the house of a rich man, they take one of his servants as payment one with a natural aversion to Infestations, and was suffering from severe and repeated abuse from his master His name is Okane Clae frees Okane and takes him as a second apprentice.Okane senses something big is coming.Bolender has created what I hope is the start of a series The setting is rich and new populated with some pretty great characters I d love to see of I quite enjoyed the book it s entertaining and action packed flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 01, 2018 Billie rated it liked it 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 of the relationship between Clae and others and insight into Okane and his relationships once he joined the team The world building, too, is a bit inconsistent or pe 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 of the relationship between Clae and others and insight into Okane and his relationships once he joined the team The world building, too, is a bit inconsistent or perhaps just under developed or incomprehensible It s set in a fantasy world, but with parallels to ours There are invented currencies, but the same names for months and days of the week that we use There is a mish mosh of levels of both societal and technological development women are supposed to be wives and mothers, but there are a number of women in positions of authority and importance and no one seems to think twice about it there are bicycles and radios, but trains are new which seem to shift and change depending on what is most needed or interesting for the plot at the moment.There is a lot of promise and a lot to like here, but, in the end, it felt overlong and in need of a stronger editorial hand flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Laura Edgely bishop rated it liked it 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 sweepers use to keep the monsters at bay Needless to 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 sweepers use to keep the monsters at bay Needless to say, the Sullivans feel they are above the law, and have caused a rift Can the sweepers control the chaos released by a rupture in the system Read this one to find out I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 16, 2018 Natty rated it really liked it 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 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Ashley rated it really liked it 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, but, to be fair, neither do any of the characters, so there s that 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, but, to be fair, neither do any of the characters, so there s that.Anyway, it s hard to pinpoint the time period Amicae is supposed to be reminiscent of the city has trolleys, phones, radios, but is also very down with enforcing traditional gender roles for men and women Also, there s the foxtrot, a dance that came about in the 1910s, so anyway I just started imagining Amicae as being if Studio Ghibli made Howl s Moving Castle but with Minas Tirith.Anyway So, our heroine, Laura Kramer, is a sweeper in Amicae a person who deals with infestations of these magical blob Studio Ghibli monsters Laura is one of only two sweepers in the whole of Amicae it s just her, and her prickliest of the prickly pears, Clae Sinclair Clae pronounced Cly, and not Clay like I assumed for the first 20 or so pages was once part of a whole family of sweepers only, being a sweeper is a dangerous job, most of Clae s apprentices have been killed on the job, and the higher ups of Amicae are so desperate to avoid acknowledging the magic blob monster infestations that they ve provided the sweeper department with almost no support As a result, the sweepers have dwindled to literally just Clae and Laura While dealing with a magical infestation at the mansion of a rich douchebag, Clae liberates one of the household servants, Okane, who, as it turns out, is a magi no, he didn t sell his watch to get a comb for his wife and his wife didn t sell her hair to get him a watch chain, coordinate your Christmas gift giving, people a magi is someone who has magic to them than normal people Magi have, of course, been treated like shit throughout history, so most of them hide who they are, and sometimes rich douchebags will keep them in their houses as slaves, because they re rich douchebags.Anyway, Okane has the ability to sense infestations, but so far as sweeper training goes, he s really, really bad at it.So while Amicae is hell bent on avoiding the infestation problem, Clae has been fighting to get recognition for his department, Laura is stuck between societal expectations from her as a woman vs what Clae says is a natural talent for sweeping, and Okane is slowly but surely overcoming a lifetime of enslavement and abuse to become a somewhat adequate sweeper.But while all this is going down, there s a massive infestation taking root in Amicae Like, supermassive Like, No Face from Spirited Away after he ate all that food levels of massive So massive that it could destroy the whole city and kill everyone in it.And the only people left to deal with it are Clae, Laura and Okane.I struggled with City of Broken Magic I really liked the characters, especially prickly pear Clae, but the worldbuilding seemed a bit shaky as City is first in an intended series, we may have to learn about the world around it, but much of this first book felt like the world was being built as the story was written I could get over that, though, because I wanted to know about Laura, Okane and Clae To add to the Ghibli esque feel of the story, there are a lot of Japanese inspired terms for the monsters Okane s name is mentioned, in story, to mean money which is does in Japanese , it s considered the polite form for money for someone who spent four years learning Japanese, I ve retained uh practically none of it.So, to make a long story short I really liked the characters I want to know what happens to them I can ignore some of the glitches in worldbuilding because I actually do want to know what will happen next to the Amicae Sweepers flag Like see review Nov 25, 2018 Naomi Downing rated it really liked it 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 of the sweepers It s not common for women to be 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 of the sweepers It s not common for women to be in the work force so she has to work twice are hard to prove herself.At the moment of starting this book Clae and Laura are the only sweepers of their city, and they have to diffuse amulets that have become infested Their job is made harder because the council is telling the people that they are safe between the walls of their city and that infestations rarely happen It is why their team is so small and why training is mostly during actual infestations.The whole idea of having to diffuse amulets that have become infested is an interesting and original idea But it lacks a little in the world building The world building was very confusing But when there new apprentice we suddenly get a chapter full of info dump on things we hadn t been told before But that didn t make things any clearer, it was hard to grasp what kin was or what the pitts, where they put the diffused amulets, exactly did There are many parts that don t make sense and seemed like they were just fillers Why did Clae not tell Laura why the tree they visited was important I don t understand how the whole city does not know that they still have so many infestations, ones that aren t just placed by the mobs It just doesn t make sense for them to believe that when they know the city s nearby still have to deal with the infestations.The character building on the other hand was great, I really liked Laura and the growth she goes through in the book The jealousy she feels for the new apprentice did seem to go a little over the top, but some is understandable considering that it was only Clae and her to start Clae is brass, rude and won t negotiate in the beginning But as the story continues we discover things from his family and his past that clearly shaped him to who he is now.Overall I still think this book is worth a read, it may take awhile to read because of the slow pace The world building isn t strong, but the idea and characters are still great to read about It seems like it will turn into a series and I m interested to see where it will go from here flag Like see review Nov 17, 2018 Patricia Hamill rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, arc, i read too much, netgalley, reviewed by me 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 chops on the job I kept looking for a romance to pop up 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 chops on the job I kept looking for a romance to pop up There were some hints in certain scenes where perhaps an interest was sparked, but the book ended up being all about the magic and the team of sweepers protecting the city from the infestations It never went anywhere romantic, not really.The battle scenes in this story are fantastic The infestations are amorphous, flowing and solid, adaptable, voracious Each encounter with them highlights just how horrifying they are Hiding in plain sight in broken amulets Biding their time until strong enough to feed, on everything Even the small ones are daunting There are just enough encounters to really give you a feel for how the sweepers and their gear work against them.One thing I thought missed the mark were the pronunciation hints The first was for Clae and the second was for Amicae In the first case, Clae, the correct pronunciation was explained too late for it to stick for me, even though it wasn t all that far into the book I kept self correcting after that point, and it was distracting For the second, Amicae, a person s technically correct pronunciation was called out, but it was revealed at the same time that none of the citizens of the city said it that way That left me in a bind since I had been using the correct pronunciation to that point, and the citizens pronunciation wasn t explained At that point, it was too late to adjust, even had I figured out how Laura would have pronounced it.Finally, the story seems to resolve in a way that might indicate future installments, which I think might be good, but I was left unsure whether this actually would be a first in a series or a straight up standalone Still, the finale was absolutely gripping, heartbreaking, and eye widening It came to life for me I had a little trouble sleeping that night, and that is a good thing Fantastic.Overall, I loved this book I think fans of fantasy and magic will dig it There are some glimmers of romantic interest, but they flutter away without a second thought I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. 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 whether it was the enemy or alley.Laura has convinced he C [...]

    2. 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, 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 what is basically a bomb squad but for monsters a I reall [...]

    3. 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 s Stormlight Archives and the Surgebinding used th Inte [...]

    4. 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hundred years ago, a magical weapon was created in the form of an infestation that ate magic, but it quickly got out of hand and became impossible to control This power burrowed itself into amulets and would grow and devour everything in its path if not contained Only individuals with talent and specialized training, called Sweepers, can defuse and dispose of these magical ticking time bombs.Enter Laura, an appren 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum hundred ye [...]

    5. 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 epic than it really is It s not Having said that, I don t think this is a bad book either It i 3,5 s [...]

    6. 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 working in higher tier jobs politics, police, etc Firs [...]

    7. DNF at 28%I just couldn t get into this one The writing was fine, the worldbuilding kinda confusing, but I just wasn t caring about the characters or the few events that had occurred up until this point Also I d like to point out the summary is kind of misleading I expected this to be a contemporary real world ish setting and it s not It s something entirely different And Laura is not the only member of the squad so. I don t know why that s mentioned, either Anyway Not my cup of tea.

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