The Flaw in All Magic

My latest novel is out: The Flaw in All Magic, book one of the Magebreakers series. It’s a fantasy mystery thriller set in a world of magic-powered steampunk-like technology. I’m going to be writing these (or other shorter novels like them) fairly regularly, to fill the space between longer releases, because I don’t want to go another five years between books. I hope you like it!

You can get it here on

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And here’s a synopsis:

In a city that runs on magic, it takes a man with none to solve an impossible murder.

Tane Carver was once the best student at the world’s most prestigious university of magical technology, even as a human amid elves and gnomes and sprites and more. The only problem was, he couldn’t cast a single spell. And when the truth came out, everything he’d worked for came crashing down.

But when a student is murdered on campus behind supposedly unbreakable wards, Tane is summoned to figure out how. Should be easy enough, for the man who fooled the university’s best diviners and detection spells for years. Except he’s not counting on the head constable being an old flame who isn’t so fond of him anymore. Or on Kadka, the half-crazy half-orc who insists she’s his partner—whether he likes it or not.

Not to mention the masked mage who keeps trying to kill him.

Now, Tane’s survival depends on the one truth that has never failed him. The flaw in all magic that those who have it prefer to ignore: the mage.

Outsmart the mage, and you outsmart the spell.

And outsmarting mages is what Tane does best.


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5 Responses to The Flaw in All Magic

  1. James Wells says:

    Will there be a print version? Asking for a friend . . .

    • bensdobson says:

      Right now I’m not working on one because my print versions have never sold very well for the time it takes to put them out, and I’m more concerned about writing the next book in the series. If enough people bug me about it to convince me there’s a demand, though, perhaps that will change.

      • travertine9 says:

        Hopefully you’ll find that print readers have higher engagement, making it worthwhile. The topic came up in our weekly “Bookflurries Bookchat” series (every Wednesday at 5 PM PT on Daily Kos), where a bunch of us share what we’ve been reading and what we think of it.

        One member posted a very positive description of The Flaw in All Magic, setting off a discussion of whether print would be available. Thread here:

  2. Rain Longson says:

    Can’t wait for book 2, do you have an ETA?

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