An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard – Review

Posted July 13, 2020 by Tina in Book Review, Books / 0 Comments

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An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard –  ReviewAn Unkindness of Magicians
by Kat Howard
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Published by Simon and Schuster
on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Thrillers, Supernatural
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An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard is the first book of the An Unkindness of Magicians Series. An Urban Fantasy about how the unseen world chooses it’s leader threw magical duels in the Turning.

An Unkindness of Magicians Summary

In An Unkindness of Magicians, there is a magical society that likes to keep hidden from non-magical people. There is a kind of hierarchy with the magical houses. To have a “house” or be in a “house” means you have power, status, clout.

The Turning of the Fortune’s Wheel is the deciding factor in how the power is distributed. The more duels you win in the Turning the more powerful your house will be when it is over. New Houses can be made and old houses can be unmade. The Turning is a signal of change.

Our main character is Sydney. She is an extremely powerful magician that knows the deep dark secrets of the powerful elite and plans to expose them.

An Unkindness of Magicians Review


You read the story from multiple perspectives. I liked it because with each person you got a little piece of the puzzle to put together of who is who. Who they were allied or enemies with.

Sydney is a badass character and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. I was definitely rooting for her to reach her goals and come out on top of the Turning.


The most interesting thing, atmospheric wise, was the houses. The house itself had its own personality. I thought that was cool.


I loved the heavy political aspect of this story. Politics in magical systems is my jam. Love it. The strategies, hidden secrets, power plays, all of it. I love it. The magic system was interesting too. How the House of Shadows was different from the other houses, and how everyone has been drawing their magic power. The hidden secrets behind that were gripping. How the duels were set up, and the legal system of the magical world was intriguing.

So on top of all that I said above there is also a murder mystery also.

I wish the danger stakes where higher. I didn’t really feel like the main character was ever in real danger. There were also a few battles that were a little too easily beaten.


One thing that bothered me is that there was no explanation of why the Turning starts. What triggers it?


There was a little romance in the story but it wasn’t the main attraction.


I enjoyed this book. The magic system and the society within it. The overtaking of current corrupt leadership. But who doesn’t love the underdog trope?

Also, the ending will definitely have me coming back to this series from Kat Howard for more.

Did you read An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard? What did you think? Comment below. Will you read A Sleight of Shadows?


The battle between Sydney and Grey was over too quickly. Since Sydney was all-powerful and really nobody could beat her I felt that she should have made him suffer a little more. I don’t know, maybe, I’m just a little more sick and twisted. However, it was very satisfying considering he killed so many people to steal their magic.

I didn’t like that I never felt like Sydney would ever loose. She did lose her magic in the end. But that was just kind of thrown at you. I wish there was just a little more build-up. Everything else was page-turning.

I really liked that Kat Howard sacrificed Sydney at the end. I loved that the ending wasn’t perfect there was a price to pay for magic. The bad guys lost but so did the hero in the story.

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About Kat Howard

Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel.

Posted July 13, 2020 by Tina in Book Review, Books / 0 Comments