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The Hexologists

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28th September 2023

Price: £29.99

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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

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Reviews

BookPage
Effective and entertaining . . . [a] contemporary urban fantasy, addressing real-world injustices while also being very, very funny
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
This light and charming tale encompasses a twisty mystery, detailed Victorian-esque worldbuilding, and nuanced protagonists who love each other dearly, all relayed in Bancroft's superior prose. Readers will be eager to see how the series evolves
FanFiAddict
Josiah Bancroft's writing is truly a remarkable thing. His poetic and verbose prose always give such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The Hexologists is a perfect recipe of magic, fantasy, action, wonder, and charm. I can't wait to see where this series goes!
LA TIMES
The Books of Babel are something you hope to see perhaps once a decade - future classics, which may be remembered long after the series concludes
Fonda Lee, author of the Green Bone Saga
Josiah Bancroft's imagination will astound you. One of the most inventive fantasy authors out there
Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE
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
Josiah Bancroft is a magician. His books are that rare alchemy: gracefully written, deliriously imaginative, action-packed, warm, witty and thought-provoking
Genevieve Cogman, author of THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY
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
Mark Lawrence, author of THE BOOK THAT WOULDN'T BURN
Bancroft has returned to the page in force, deploying his crystal prose and razored wit around a tale that mixes whimsy and threat in equal measure. He's a gift to the genre and we should support his work
SciFiNow
Bancroft's writing shines throughout the book, with an entertaining balance of delightful wordplay and down-to-earth storytelling. He has created a Victorianesque world filled with magic, creatures, spells, and relics, blending elements of mystery, fantasy, and steampunk, to create a real sense of wonder and excitement
Pierce Brown, author of RED RISING, on SENLIN ASCENDS
It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book