Unnatural Magic By C.M. Waggoner
Book/Novel Author: C.M. Waggoner
Book/Novel Title: Unnatural Magic
A brilliant and terrifically fun* debut novel brings an enchanting new voice to fantasy.
Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, shes denied a place at the nations premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university where they dont think theres anything untoward about providing a woman with a magical education. But as soon as Onna arrives, shes drawn into the mysterious murder of four trolls.
Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leaders daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsiras life. Soon, unbeknownst to each other, Onna and Tsira both begin devoting their considerable talents to finding out who is targeting trolls, before their homeland is torn apart
*Kat Howard, Alex Award-winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians