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 created 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