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  • Trade Paperback, eBook, digital audiobook
  • Publisher: Tor Books
    Aug. 11, 2020
  • ISBN-10: 0765383233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765383235

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Dark Arts: The Shadow Commission


November 1963. Cade Martin and Anja Kernova have lived in hiding for a decade, training new mages. In the United States, Briet Segfrunsdóttir runs America’s top-secret Occult Defense Program from the Silo beneath the Pentagon.

Then the assassination of President Kennedy plunges all their lives into chaos. Briet, whose job was to defend Kennedy, is blamed for his death. Meanwhile, mages all over the world are brutally murdered—with Cade, Anja, and their closest allies being the prime targets.

Outgunned, on the run, and not knowing who to trust, Cade and Anja have just one hope to save themselves and their last few apprentices: they must find a way to fight the sinister cabal known only as The Shadow Commission.

Book III of Dark Arts
by New York Times Bestselling Author


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Reviewers' Comments

“puts a new spin on conspiracy theory”

“Magical cops are in fashion among fantasy authors these days, and so are magical defense agencies. According to David Mack, the latter have been around for a long time, and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

“This twisty novel puts a new spin on conspiracy theory.”

Tom Shippey, The Wall Street Journal

A "whirlwind of warfare"

… "action-packed" … "Mack's magic system is intricate" (reviewed 23 March 2020)

—Publishers Weekly

Shadow Commission Closes Strong”

“[A] high-speed roller coaster ride…” “Shadow Commission is not for the squeamish, filled with hard-drinking and drug-using mages that deal out violent deaths or crippling injuries with demented demons for company in their heads.”

“Whether it’s magical warfare or demonic torture, Mack doesn’t romanticize any aspect of the combat or magic.”

George Carmona, ComicsBeat

“bold and admirable”

“David Mack has … an ability to build up empathy for his characters, especially the protagonists.”

“Mack moves the plot … at a frenetic pace…”

“Overall, the Dark Arts series is a thoroughly entertaining saga. … Recommended.

Rob Bedford,