Literature: Magicals Anonymous
Face adversity with a smile.
"While all and any are welcome to attend the regular meetings of Magicals Anonymous, or even pop by at our drop-in surgery, we do ask that if you are inclined to spontaneous combustion or actively leaking organic fluids from the unwinding hollows of your flesh, you use the overalls provided"Magicals Anonymous
— Notice pinned to the offices of Magicals Anonymous, 89C Little Lion Street, London
is an Urban Fantasy
series by Kate Griffin (a pen name of Catherine Webb
]). It is a sequel to the Matthew Swift
series that follows a new protagonist, shaman Sharon Li.
The story opens with the formation of a new community support group for the mystically inclined. Meanwhile, London faces new threats that not just any old magician will be able to face alone.
The novels include:
- Stray Souls (2012)
- The Glass God (2013)
Tropes featured include:
- Ambition Is Evil: Arthur Huntley.
- Anthropomorphic Personification
- Anyone Can Die: Toned down from the previous series, but still apparent.
- Arc Words: In Stray Souls: "Donít look back. It wants you to look back."
- Backstory: The previous series functions as this for characters like the Midnight Mayor and organizations like the Aldermen.
- Badass Bureaucrat: The Aldermen.
- Barbarian Tribe: The Tribe.
- Barrier Maiden: Greydawn.
- Big Damn Heroes: Rhys and Sharon each do this for each other in Stray Souls; Sally and later Matthew Swift in The Glass God.
- Blessed with Suck: Magicals Anonymous exists for people like this.
- Kevin is a vampire, which would normally be pretty awesome, except his body rejects any blood type that isn't O and he is very mysophobic.
- Blood Magic: Plays a major role in Stray Souls.
- The Chosen One: Rhys says he was "almost" this for the urban druids.
- Doctor's Orders: Where Dr. Seah is involved, this is bound to happen.
- Deadly Euphemism: What Sharon and Rhys initially think Kelly means by "decontamination".
Rhys: "There's something about people all in black saying decontamination, see, which really makes my nose itch."
- Eldritch Abomination: Old Man Bone.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Dog.
- Go Out with a Smile: Edna.
- Good Is Not Nice: Most Aldermen characters fall under this. They may be polite, but they will not hesitate when confronted.
- "Hell Yes" Moment: The return of the Midnight Mayor in The Glass God.
- Heroic BSOD: Sharon has one after killing Zhanyi.
- Human Resources
Gretel: "Are humans resources?"
Kevin: "God, yes. But like everything else on the planet, they're a resource that's been screwed up."
- I Am Legion: The blue electric angels.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Sometimes when Jess is upset, she turns into pigeons, whether she wants to or not.
- Also, Zhanyi, the striga.
- Irony: Matthew being trapped in the telephone lines.
- Kill 'Em All: Dog hunts down and brutally kills everyone directly involved in Greydawn's summoning.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Rhys, most prominently. Kelly and Kevin also have their moments.
- Magical Society: Many.
- The Medic: Dr. Seah.
- Mighty Glacier: Gretel.
- Motor Mouth: Kelly; Sharon.
- Necromancer: Mr. Roding.
- Occult Blue Eyes: Matthew Swift. Other characters feel uncomfortable making direct eye contact.
- Oh, Crap: Happens in The Glass God when the lights go out while they're in a room with someone who turns into a monster in the dark.
- Our Angels Are Different
- Plucky Girl: Kelly Shiring, to the point her optimism routinely draws incredulous looks.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The glass elemental.
- Power Incontinence: A few of the people who attend MA meetings, but Rhys and Jess specifically.
- Present Day
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: And how!
- Rousing Speech: A later "scholar's" version of Sharon's Rousing Speech is contrasted with what she really said.
- Run or Die: This is often the case given frequent encounters with insurmountable enemies.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Midnight Mayor's attitude toward restricting politics.
- Someone Has to Do It: Crompton's rationale for making sacrifices to Old Man Bone; Sharon using Old Man Bone's blade on Arthur.
- Spirit Advisor: Dez to Sharon, much to her disappointment.
- Switching P.O.V.: The narration generally follows Sharon, but commonly shifts elsewhere.
- Talking with Signs: Sally the banshee, out of politeness for other peoples' eardrums and internal organs.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Swift gives an actual one over Sharon's phone.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting