Magic is Violence: Three Ustari Cycle Short Stories

Magic is Violence: Three Ustari Cycle Short Stories

by Jeff Somers


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If you enjoyed WE ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE, THE STRINGER, THE BOOM BANDS, or LAST BEST DAY, here are three short stories set in the USTARI CYCLE universe!

In IDOLATOR, Lem Vonnegan and Pitr Mags chase after a dangerous artifact that could do irreparable damage to the world. In THE BLEEDER, Lem befriends one of the people who make their living bleeding for mages, a relationship that complicates his work on a magical heist. And in THE RED LINE, Lem is pushed to the limits of his magical ethics, and contemplates crossing his private red line against bleeding other for his spells.

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ISBN-13: 9781666293425
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Jeff Somers ( began writing by court order as an attempt to steer his creative impulses away from engineering genetic grotesqueries. His feeble memory makes every day a joyous adventure of discovery and adventure even as it destroys personal relationships, and his weakness for adorable furry creatures leaves him with many cats. He has published nine novels, including the Avery Cates Series of noir-science fiction novels from Orbit Books (, the darkly hilarious crime novel Chum from Tyrus Books, and most recently tales of blood magic and short cons in the Ustari Cycle, including the novel We Are Not Good People and the novellas Fixer, The Stringer, Last Best Day, and The Boom Bands from Pocket Gallery ( He has published over forty short stories, including “Ringing the Changes,” which was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2006, “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through,” which appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris, “Three Cups of Tea,” which appeared in the anthology Hanzai Japan, “The Company I Keep,” which appeared in the anthology Life is Short and Then You Die edited by Kelley Armstrong, and “Zilla, 2015,” published by the Lascaux Review. He also writes about books for BookBub and about the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest, which published his book on the craft of writing Writing Without Rules in 2018. He lives in Hoboken with his wife, The Duchess, and their cats. He considers pants to always be optional.

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