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(The first book in the Ustari Cycle series)
A novel by

From master storyteller Jeff Somers comes a gritty new urban fantasy series starring a pair of unlikely heroes: low-life blood mages caught up in a violent scheme not of their own making.

Lem has ethics in using his magic. Therefore Lem is hungry and broke most of the time. Ethics in the world of blood magic, however, is a gray area. While Lem will grift his way through life by using small glamours to make $1 bills appear as $20s, enabling him and his none-too-bright pal Mags to eat, he won't use other people's blood to cast. Stronger spells require more blood, and hardcore magicians use Bleeders or "volunteers" to this end. Not Lem. So when these down-and-out boon companions encounter a girl kidnapped and marked with magic rune tattoos, it's not at all clear that they're powerful enough to save her...or themselves. Turning to his estranged Master for help, it quickly becomes clear to Lem that not only is this beautiful, strange girl's life all but forfeit, but that the world's preeminent mage had big, earth-shattering plans for her - and he and Mags just got in the way.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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February 2013 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Trickster (The Ustari Cycle)
Author(s): Jeff Somers
ISBN: 1-4516-9677-9 / 978-1-4516-9677-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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