Book Spotlight: The Cursebreakers



Adrien Desfourneaux, professor of magic, must survive his own failing mental health and a tenuous partnership with a dangerous ally in order to save the city of Astrum from a spreading curse.

Adrien Desfourneaux, professor of magic and disgraced ex-physician, has discovered a conspiracy. Someone is inflicting magical comas on the inhabitants of the massive city of Astrum, and no one knows how or why. Caught between a faction of scheming magical academics and an explosive schism in the ranks of Astrum’s power-hungry military, Adrien is swallowed by the growing chaos. Alongside Gennady, an unruly, damaged young soldier, and Malise, a brilliant healer and Adrien’s best friend, Adrien searches for a way to stop the spreading curse before the city implodes. He must survive his own bipolar disorder, his self-destructive tendencies, and his entanglement with the man who doesn’t love him back.


  • TITLE: Cursebreakers
  • RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2023
  • PUBLISHER: Canis Major Books
  • ISBN-10: 193909612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939096128


Author Madeleine Nakamura builds this novel’s fantasy world in a carefully crafted way that feels fantastical but familiar at the same time. The endearing character dynamics demonstrate real life with characters that are “flawed” just as we are, but work together to fight the conspiracy. Main character Adrien demonstrates the reality of bipolar disorder and dealing with hardship. Aiming to destigmatize mental illness, this queer fantasy novel beautifully blends mystery and painfully human characters.




Madeleine Nakamura is a writer, editor, and lifelong fantasy devotee. She began writing her first novel the day she realized a computer science degree wasn’t happening. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a degree in creative writing. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

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