The Magical Girl grew up. Rescued from a psychiatric hospital at sixteen, Sīd is thirty-seven, divorced, and a fully trained Adept at the Mirandola Club – once England’s premier club for dissolute magicians.
Magical adventures have turned to awkwardness, scars and danger. With her parents dead, Sīd works for the man who rescued her, marking time in an endless grind of low-grade police actions for denizens of the occult.
But the foundations of her world are in poisoned clay: children are taken, a pact is made. Nightmares move in a place beyond worlds. Can Sīd and her best friend Ash – who also happens to be a demon that lives in her mind – unravel the chain of threats before the conspiracy of centuries comes to fruition?
The Five Stages of Magic is the first fiction series from Dark Sheep Books — a contemporary fantasy for fans of Rivers of London, Alex Verus, and Strange Magic.