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Author: C. M. Waggoner Narrator: Shiromi Arserio Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2019 ISBN: 9781982680244
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Onna Gebowa is determined to become a great wizard. She can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university where they don’t think there’s anything untoward about providing a woman with a magical education …

Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon a body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is soon tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsira’s life.

Far away in Hexos, the newly arrived Onna is also drawn into a mysterious, magical attack on a troll. Trolls have lived alongside—and been revered by—humans for generations, but now it appears they’re being targeted by a sinister sorcery. And Onna and Tsira both begin to devote their considerable abilities into figuring out how to stop the deaths before their homeland is torn apart …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Waggoner’s delightfully playful debut offers a fresh take on traditional fantasy tropes to explore themes of love and sacrifice…The whimsy, mystery, and vibrant characters are sure to enchant readers.”-

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Shiromi Arserio delivers an enchanting performance…Tsira, the half-troll daughter of her clan’s leader, has a gravelly, harsh timbre and a deadpan tone….The story is peppered with sensuous romantic moments between the two that are made more engrossing by Arserio’s soothing and breathy narration…As all three characters commit themselves to discovering who is murdering trolls and why, Arserio captivates listeners.”


  • “Unique, haunting, magical.”

    Tamora Pierce, author of the Numair Chronicles

  • “Marvelous … I want to climb inside C. M. Waggoner’s world of powerful trolls, cheeky wizards, and mathematical magic.”

    Chloe Neill, author of Wicked Hour

  • “I didn’t think you could fit so many things I loved into one book—tough-talking lady-trolls and cowardly captains, true love and found families, Holmesian hijinks and gender politics—but C.M. Waggoner made it look easy. Unnatural Magic is a raucous, indulgent delight.”

    Alix E. Harrow, Nebula and Hugo finalist

  • “Peopled with unforgettable characters whose changing relationships form the beating heart of this fast-paced, beautifully written story.”

    Juliet Marillier, author of The Harp of Kings

  • “Complex and fascinating, Waggoner’s debut offers fantasy readers a new viewpoint on magic, love, responsibility, and sacrifice.”

    Vivian Shaw, author of the Dr. Greta Helsing series

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About the Author

C. M. Waggoner is at work on her next novel.

About the Narrator

Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator from London. She holds a BA in theater from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects, and video games.