The Hexologists

The Hexologists

Paperback Published on: 28/09/2023
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From the acclaimed author of Senlin Ascends comes the first book in a wildly inventive new fantasy series where magical mysteries abound and only one team can solve them: The Hexologists. 'Bancroft is a wonder as ever! The Hexologists was a joyous delight on every page - buoyantly inventive, witty, poignant, gripping, and deeply satisfying' Madeline Miller, author of Circe The Hexologists, Iz and Warren Wilby, are quite accustomed to helping desperate clients with the bugbears of city life. Aided by hexes and a bag of charmed relics, the Wilbies have recovered children abducted by chimney-wraiths, removed infestations of barb-nosed incubi, and ventured into the Gray Plains of the Unmade to soothe a troubled ghost. Well-acquainted with the weird, they never shy away from a challenging case. But when they are approached by the royal secretary and told the king pleads to be baked into a cake - going so far as to wedge himself inside a lit oven - the Wilbies soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could very well see the nation turned on its head. Their effort to expose a royal secret buried under forty years of lies brings them nose to nose with a violent antiroyalist gang, avaricious ghouls, alchemists who draw their power from a hell-like dimension, and a bookish dragon who only occasionally eats people. Armed with a love toughened by adversity and a stick of chalk that can conjure light from the darkness, hope from the hopeless, Iz and Warren Wilby are ready for whatever springs from the alleys, graves, and shadows next. 'Fantastic! The Hexologists fizzes eloquently with wit and elegance, but also has marvellous worldbuilding and an excellent plot - and a central pair of characters who I quite simply love. A cocktail of a book made with the very best champagne' Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780356519067
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 263g
  • Dimensions: 192 x 124 x 26 mm

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The Hexologists
This was the amusing supernatural historical investigation story I needed in my life.
This was the amusing supernatural historical investigation story I needed in my life. I enjoyed all the magical hijinks, the pet dragon, the debauchery ... READ MORE
The Hexologists
Superb world-building
I’ve not read a Bancroft book before and I must admit it took me a while to get into the swing of the style of the writing. However, I soon fell completely... READ MORE
T Edwards
The Hexologists
A magical mystery investigated by a married couple
A mixture of magic/history/alternate universe and royal intrigue! I loved the magic system, the main characters relationship, the DRAGON!! I thought this w... READ MORE
Sarah Radford
The Hexologists
Unique and thrilling read
Laura Fuller
The Hexologists
An excellent successor to the Books of Babel
Having read the Books of Babel series, I couldn't wait to see what the author would come up with next. The Hexologists is set in a new world, where magic i... READ MORE
Dmitry Podpolny