12 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out this July

My colleague Chaim Gartenberg recently reviewed Sarah Gailey’s debut novel Magic for Liars, prompting me to bump it further up my to-read list. I’m already a sucker for books about magical schools, and it’s a spectacular read, following a tough-as-nails PI who is hired to investigate a brutal murder at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged, magical twin sister works.

What impressed me most was how Gailey plays with all of the conventions of a magical academy story while demonstrating that teenagers — magical or not — will be teenagers, and that the problems that they face and create are deeply rooted in some very human tendencies. It’s a stellar mystery, and it makes a perfect read for a summer afternoon.

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