Books by Masha du Toit

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The "Crooked World" Series

The Crooked World series, Crooks & Straights and its sequel Wolf Logic were inspired by this question: What would South Africa be like if magic was real and magical creatures lived among us? How would apartheid have worked? What about xenophobia?

This is a world where magical creatures are persecuted by those who fear their powers. South Africa is one of the few places  where they might hope to be safe and so there is an influx of illegal magical immigrants from all over the world: trolls, swan-women and other, stranger creatures.  Some are hunted down by Special Branch, the police division that specialises in the illegal use of magic. Others fight against all attempts to control them and form resistance groups; the most famous of these is the ruthless magical terrorists, the Belle Gente.


The Story Trap

Crooks and Straights

Book 1 "Crooked World"

Gia's brother Nico is different from other boys. And being different can be dangerous in Gia's world.

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The Story Trap

Wolf Logic

Book 2 "Crooked World"

Never trust a werewolf.

That's Gia's first lesson as she enters the wolf cages at Special Branch, the police force that deal with the illegal use of magic.


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The Sisters Series

The Story Trap

The Story Trap

Book 1 "The Sisters"


One girl’s death might save the ocean. But can her sisters let her die?

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The Broken Path

The Broken Path

Book 2 "The Sisters"


What if a story came to life?  If the characters stepped off the page and into our world?

The sequel to "The Story Trap."


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Strange Neighbours

Short Story Collection


Strange Neighbours is a collection of ten illustrated fantasy short stories set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Meet a hitch hiking troll with a taste for pepper-spray and a homeless witch with a trolley full of secrets. Discover a book hoarding mermaid and a fridge full of frogs. And learn how to greet a witch ­ politely, of course.

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What I'm Writing

I've just completed another two book series which I hope to publish in the last half of 2016. This is something new for me: science fiction set in alternate world Southern Africa, and nothing to do with Crooks & Straights or any of my other books. The series title is "The Babylon Eye" but I have not finalized the titles for each of the books yet. Here is a description of the first book:


Meisje is no ordinary dog. She's a gardag, a cybernetically enhanced, living weapon. She's also lost, hungry, and lonely.

Elke Veraart is on Meisje's trail. If she can find the dog she'll win back her own freedom. If she fails she'll be sent back to prison.

As she closes in on the gardag, Elke finds her admiration for Meisje growing. And Meisje, weak with hunger, begins to wonder if she could trust the woman who is hunting her. Then Elke discovers that there are other hunters searching for the gardag and that her orders have changed. She no longer has to find Meisje. She has to kill her.


I have just started the third book in the "Babylon Eye" series and don't have any immediate plans to write more books in the "Special Branch" or "Sisters" series, but you never know! :)

If you want to be notified when I launch these books, you can sign up for my New Release Email List. If you are curious about these new books, here is a link to the visual inspiration for book one and book two.