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Literature / The Wizards On Walnut Street

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An Urban Fantasy novel written by Sam Swicegood.

When well-respected corporate sorcerer Tom Lafayette is murdered, his eldest child Andy moves to Cincinnati to investigate, discovering a magical society bubbling just under the surface of the mundane world. Encountering odd characters such as an Incubus barista, a knife-happy security guard, and an enchanted espresso machine, Andy uncovers a plot to overthrow the magical society’s hierarchy.


The book is full of Lampshade Hanging and Medium Awareness, as well as a quite a few tropes that are actively subverted or outright defied.

Tropes Appearing in The Wizards on Walnut Street:

"I considered telling him that I, too had once wanted to write a book, but had determined that writing for a living was a terrible life choice, but I decided to keep that to myself. "
  • Stupid Evil: Lord Grimsbane, aka "Manny", who creates a secret evil group that seems like it is just trying to be the most stereotypical evil society that ever existed.
  • The Reveal: Killian revealing herself as a Black Magister.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Magister Rathnul, who doesn't understand why Lord Grimsbane must use wands, when guns are far more effective.


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