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by Jess Haines
4.5 stars – 96 reviews
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled
Here’s the set-up:
A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she’s just like all the other magi.
A dragon who sees through her lies.
Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.
Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she’s got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can’t afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.
The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.
As an illusionist, she doesn’t have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems…
Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.
“I’m excited for more books in the series, because I freaking loved SMOKE AND MIRRORS. . . . Fans of Rachel Aaron, Sierra Dean, and Michelle Sagara will enjoy this wonderful UF tale. The insights of Cormac even feel like those of Simon in The Others series by Anne Bishop (a definite indicator of how much I like this book, because I LOVE Anne Bishop’s books!).” – Fresh Fiction
“I really didn’t want to put it down . . . I give Smoke and Mirrors 5 stars and would recommend this book to anyone who likes stories with sorcerers, mages and witches.” – Books That Hook
“Jess Haines has a way of writing that draws you into the world her words and imagination has created and keeps you there for the duration of the book and makes you gutted when the book has ended. Do not expect to get much sleep while reading this as you will find yourself turning the pages until the early hours of the morning.” – Goodreads Reader
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