So I was alive when punk was a thing. I mean, it still is a thing, but mostly with sad middle-aged dudes who've not gotten the memo that punk is over. But I, being the unique individual that I was back then, was never really into punk. I listened to grunge and alternative metal, industrial, and a bunch of other things because punk was "too mainstream" for me. I also couldn't afford a lot of the clothes, and my family would have ensured that I would never be able to sit down comfortably again if I'd wrecked the clothes that I had in my closet. So that might have had something to do with it, or the fact that I was in Washington State when punk was around, and grunge/alternative pretty much grew up there (so did coffeehouse indie singer/songwriters, but meh... screw those guys!) But now that I'm older, I find myself enjoying a lot of punk. Steampunk, magicpunk, dieselpunk, etc. Pretty much any of the 'punk literature I can get my hands on is devoured with a quickness. And that brings me to the Magebreakers series. I read "The Flaw In All Magic" quite a while ago, right around the time it was published (August of last year), but I don't think I mentioned it here. It's a really good example of magicpunk, where the main character is running a detective agency after he got booted out of the mage university when they finally found out that he has no magic. Yeah, the dude was dedicated - he went to gritty realistic fantasy Hogwarts for four full years and was about to graduate when he was like "haha, fooled you! I never had any magic at all!" As you can probably imagine, that ... didn't end very well for him. Protip: you probably shouldn't lie to folks, but if you're going to lie to folks, lie about the small stuff. "No honey, those pants don't make your butt look fat" or "I'm happy to help you guys move for no money" or "Sure, I'd love to come pick you up at the airport" and "Oh no, honey, I adore your mom and sure she can stay here for as long as she wants" are acceptable. Four years of faking magic? Less so. Anyway, so what does he do? He runs a detective agency. Because noir, I guess? I find that most 'punk stuff is populated with either detectives or bucklers of swashes (discounting the romance stuff, which I generally don't read even if it's 'punk). Then he finds out that one of his old friends was murdered in the magicpunk equivalent of a locked room, and must find the killer at all costs. I really quite enjoyed the books (there are three of them now). They're filled with action, intrigue, drama, and well-realized, complex characters that live and breathe. I've mentioned before that a good character, in my opinion, is one that you can imagine in your neighborhood pub (if your neighborhood was really "cosmopolitan" anyway, given the preponderance of nonhuman characters in science fiction and fantasy), and by that yardstick all of the characters in the series passes the pub test. The world building is great, although it can get a bit preachy with the full blown class and race warfare stuff, and even though all of the books take place in one city on one continent, it really feels like the city is on a living world somewhere. It's available free on KU, and it's a reasonably short read, so you should pick it up. I don't think you'll regret it.