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Literature / Magicals Anonymous

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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"
Notice pinned to the offices of Magicals Anonymous, 89C Little Lion Street, London

Magicals Anonymous 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:

  • Abusive Parents: After being stripped of his wizard powers, Huntley pushed his daughter into casting dangerous, advanced spells far too young, using the sudden glut of his attention after years spent ignoring her for his career to manipulate her to the point that she was happy to fuel the glass god from her own life and die for him.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Arthur Huntley.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification
  • Anyone Can Die: Toned down from the previous series, but still apparent.
  • Arc Words: In Stray Souls: "Don’t 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
  • Beware the Nice Ones: At the end of The Glass God, Sharon herself says that she's all about cups of tea and talking about your issues and trying to understand your fellow beings' point of view, and Matthew is fire and lightning and is probably the one who'll be remembered as a badass, but that doesn't make her an ounce less dangerous. Packs an extra punch because she says it right after she's sacrificed Huntley to Old Man Bone and he realizes what she's done.
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  • 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". (Subverted, however, as she really does just mean cleaning up.)
    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.
  • 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."
  • Kill 'Em All: Dog hunts down and brutally kills everyone directly involved in Greydawn's summoning.
  • 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.
  • Plucky Girl: Kelly Shiring, to the point her optimism routinely draws incredulous looks.


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