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With Some Smoke in Its Eye

Master of Poisons

By Andrea Hairston  

16 Sep, 2022

Doing the WFC's Homework


Andrea Hairston’s 2021 Master of Poisons is a stand-alone, secondary world fantasy.

The Arkhysian empire has a simple plan for success: 

  • Relentlessly expand.
  • Drain societies’ discards — criminals, heretics, and the unlucky (like magical adept Awa) — of blood to use in magic. 
  • Do its best to ignore the long-term environmental and economic costs of its policies. 

Reality has no respect for society’s elite, thus the magic-induced environmental crisis now facing the empire.

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The Hills Are Full Of Spirits

Will Do Magic For Small Change

By Andrea Hairston  

28 Feb, 2018

James Tiptree, Jr. Award


Andrea Hairston’s 2016’s Will Do Magic for Small Change is a historical fantasy. It is set in the same world as Redwood and Wildfire. It won a spot on the 2016 Tiptree Honor List.

Pittsburgh teen Cinnamon Jones deeply mourns her deceased brother Sekou. She treasures a book he once owned, an old leather-bound chronicle. But the book is more than a keepsake: it is magic. 

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