Thalia Kostis will be the first to tell you it’s not magic, it’s theoretical math when she walks a Möbius strip through walls to her office at the Institute for Applied Topology. CIA Case Officer Bradislav Lensky doesn’t care what it is, as long as she can help track down a smuggling ring and the terrorists in their safe house in Austin. The other magicians nearby don’t agree, and don’t care for new rivals either!
Now Thalia and the rest of her misfit crew are in a race against time, terrorists, common sense, grackles, and their graduate advisor to save the day!
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Margaret Ball writes fantasy, science fiction, and occasional historical novels from her home in Austin, Texas where she lives with her husband. A recovering mathematics major, she uses her familiarity with the quirky ways of mathematicians in the Applied Topology series. When not writing, she reads fiction and history and plays with fiberarts techniques from beadwork to crazy quilting.
Previously published novels include Flameweaver, Mathemagics, and Disappearing Act, all with Baen, and Duchess of Aquitaine with St. Martin’s. Her most recent work is the Applied Topology series of urban fantasies featuring a group of misfit mathematicians who have as much trouble with the real world as with the magical one. The first book in the series is A Pocketful of Stars, followed by An Opening in the Air, An Annoyance of Grackles, A Tapestry of Fire, and A Creature of Smokeless Flame. A sixth book, A Revolution of Rubies, will be published in January 2019.