Magician's Hoard takes place in the first half of 1926. When Pross Gates comes to The Research Society's building in London with a research question, she finds something quite different than she expected. Rather than the warm help offered when her late husband was a fellow there, she is greet brusquely and farmed off on Ibis Ward in his attic office. Ibis's current project is reviewing a major archaeological collection (the Petrie Collection) for items of magical significance, but he has a break in his work and agrees to help Pross with her investigation of a rumoured lost hoard on a property in Norfolk. Along the way they are drawn into figuring out what has gone wrong in the Research Society, and who might be behind it.
Content notes for Magician's Hoard (click to read)
Anglo-Egyptian main character who deals with bias and some (mostly implied) bigotry. Discussion of widowhood. Threats of violence. A stigmatised magical ability and the implications of keeping it secret. Secondary character who is African-American, and another who is of mixed background.
Notable peoplePross Gates (main)
Ibis Ward (main)