In the New York City of An Unkindness of Magicians, a whole Unseen World exists. In it live magicians, and of course in any society—seen or unseen—there are echelons, good people, bad people, champions, and criminals.
Fair warning, this review contains what some might consider spoilers, and I will also include here—and within the body of the review—a TW for sexual assault and abuse.
Once upon a time, an older sister wrote “Star Princess” fairy tales for her younger sister, so they would both have a magical way of escaping their overbearing, abusive mother. But, all happy endings come at a cost, and Kat Howard’s Roses and Rot layers stories over fairy tales to ultimately remind readers that “what they really want is the part that happens off the page, after the oven has been escaped, after the clock strikes midnight.”