The Unlicensed Magician

by Kelly Barnhill
Release date: December 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy
Tags: world fantasy award

World Fantasy Award 2016.

A novella. Cover art by Ben Baldwin.

There were twenty magical children born that year. Nineteen, if you count the one that died. The Minister ordered that the nineteen children be shipped to the Tower to be worked and drained to nothing, and that the dead child be thrown on the rubbish heap, and never spoken of again. But the dead baby had other plans. When the half-drunk junk man witnesses the half-decayed corpse becoming a living, breathing, healthy baby, he knows at once that he must protect the child from the clutches of the Minister. Enlisting the help of the formidable egg woman and the sagacious constable, he manages to keep the existence of the child a secret. But children grow. And so does magic. And secrets long to be told.

(updated 2016-10-30)

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