Threadneedle (The Language of Magic #1) by Cari Thomas @Cari_Threads @HarperVoyagerUK #NewRelease #NetGalley #BookReview

Threadneedle: The most anticipated debut fantasy release of the year by [Cari Thomas]


Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.

‘Magic and love. Love and magic. They destroy everything in the end …’

Anna’s Aunt has always warned her of the dangers of magic. Its twists. Its knots. Its deadly consequences.

Now Anna counts down the days to the ceremony that will bind her magic forever.

Until she meets Effie and Attis.

They open her eyes to a London she never knew existed. A shop that sells memories. A secret library where the librarian feeds off words. A club where revellers lose themselves in a haze of spells.

But as she is swept deeper into this world, Anna begins to wonder if her Aunt was right all along.

Is her magic a gift … or a curse?




When Anna’s parents died in the most tragic and violent circumstances, she was just a child, so her aunt came to look after her and bring her up. Anna’s life hadn’t been a happy one. Anna’s mother was a witch and her father just an ordinary man. The witch side of Anna had been strictly kept under control all these years with her aunt dishing out punishments to stop her ever going down the path of witchcraft. Anna had led a sheltered life and took the punishments handed out to her like it was her duty to accept them.

Very soon Anna’s magic would be bound in a ceremony, so she would never to able to use it. But she found out she wasn’t the only one with witchcraft powers, and her new friends wanted to show her the world she was missing.

What a fabulous story. I was amazed by the witchy side of this story. I adored the library and was fascinated by the librarian there. Anna also has a cousin at her school, who is allowed to practice magic, but not in front of mortals. Things heat a little when a little bullying in school takes on a deeper and darker path. A path that has a most uneasy feel to it.

There is far more to the initial story than I first thought or even saw coming. A brilliant wind up, although this is only the first book in the series. There have been solid foundations laid for what is to follow.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Cari Thomas

Cari Thomas grew up in the Wye Valley area of Wales and, after studying English Literature & Creative Writing at Warwick University and Magazine Journalism at the Cardiff School of Journalism, moved to London. She worked as a journalist and at a creative agency, before finally doing what she’d always wanted to do: quit her job and write a book about magic.

The result is Threadneedle, her debut novel and the first in her Language of Magic series. Be introduced to a world of wild, ancient witchcraft hidden within today’s London; where libraries made of books breathe dusty pages beneath the city, where witch clubs serve up magical cocktails and vintage shops sell memories. A world where magic gleams light and very, very dark.

Cari now lives in Bristol with her husband and son.

Twitter: @Cari_Threads

Threadneedle: The most anticipated debut fantasy release of the year by [Cari Thomas]

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