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Magic Tests, Ilona Andrews 10 June 2019

2012 modern fantasy novelette in the Kate Daniels series. Julie, Kate's ward, is living with her in Atlanta after having been thrown out of her last school. Kate takes her to look at a new one… but it turns out that this is also a request for help, because one of the students has gone missing.

In other words, Julie gets to have her own adventure, rather than just cause more problems for Kate. It's a bit of a force to put her into the school under cover, but (in an Andrews signature move) she promptly ignores the cover to get on with the job more directly. Naturally, this is a school where everyone has some kind of magical power, as well as the usual level of control and good thinking associated with adolescents.

There is an actual mystery here, of the "probably this person" type rather than "only they could have done it", but it's fairly straightforward and this story is mostly to show off Julie – who manages to have a voice separate from Kate's, as well as a different investigative style, while clearly having some aspects of her personality in common. Some other characters may return in future books, though as far as I know there are no more stories with Julie as the protagonist.

For paper purchasers, this is in An Apple For the Creature, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner, or in Andrews' Small Magics collection.

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