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!

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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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8 Responses to The Flaw in All Magic

  1. James Wells says:

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

  2. Rain Longson says:

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

  3. Olen S Leach says:

    Just finished this in audiobook form. Cleverly written and thrillingly good movement of the plot through dialogue. Thanks. After pouring concrete, I have plenty of time to read or listen to books. I haven’t been as pleased with a story since being introduced to Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid chronicles. Dobson’s writing has every bit of subtlety in character growth as Robert Lynn Aspirin’s Myth Adventure series. Can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Michael Burdon says:

    Flaw In The Magic: I Loved This Book! The Tane Kadka pair up was a great idea. A good old who done it in a very creative setting. Nice range of character personalities. Looking forward to reading the next volume. Found your boo on

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