Masha du Toit

Masha du Toit

Masha du Toit is a Cape Town-based writer and artist who writes contemporary fantasy and science fiction set in alternate world South Africa. Her visual art includes illustration, embroidery and doll making. She was trained as a visual artist at the University of Cape Town, and spent some time working at a bronze casting foundry at the Technicon of Natal. These days she makes her living teaching the creative use of digital technology. Her writing influences are diverse, ranging from the work of Diana Wynne Jones, Margaret Mahy and Ursula le Guin, to Sara Paretsky and Dick Francis.

 

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The Babylon Eye
The Babylon Eye Image

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.

The Story Trap (The Sisters Book 1)
The Story Trap (The Sisters Book 1) Image
A contemporary fantasy set in Cape Town, South Africa.
Rebecca never expected to meet a witch, least of all in a second-hand bookshop in Mowbray. Surely she had nothing to fear from an old lady holding a box of children’s books? But on the train home Rebecca collapses and is rushed to hospital, deep in a coma. Rebecca’s sisters, Pippa and Anmarie, are confronted by a frightening mystery: her body might be in the hospital bed, but where was Rebecca?
Crooks and Straights (Crooked World Book 1)
Crooks and Straights (Crooked World Book 1) Image

Gia’s brother Nico is different from other boys. And being different can be dangerous in Gia’s world. Cape Town is no longer the haven for magical refugees that it once was. The Purists want to get rid of all magic and the newspapers are full of dreadful stories about the Belle Gente, the magical terrorists.

None of this concerns Gia, until the Special Branch— police who investigate the illegal use of magic— come knocking at her door, looking for Nico. When Gia turns to her parents for help, she finds only more secrets. Then she realises that she was the one who put her brother in danger.

Wolf Logic (Crooked World Book 2)
Wolf Logic (Crooked World Book 2) Image

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. But working with the tracker-werewolves is not the greatest danger she faces: Gia is a spy. She risks torture and death if her secret is discovered.
Then Gia receives shocking news. Her little brother has disappeared, taken out of his bed, in the middle of the night. She doesn’t want to believe that Special Branch is responsible, but who did take Nico? Could it be the magical terrorists, the Belle Gente? Or is there another, even stranger explanation?

Contemporary fantasy set in Cape Town, South Africa: Wolf Logic is the sequel to Crooks and Straights.

Strange Neighbours
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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. These stories describe encounters with every-day magic, where strange neighbours live in the flat next door or under the manhole cover you step on every day.

This collection includes the following stories:

In the Back Yard
Thorn Rose in Wynberg
Kelp
Chasing Frogs
Old Man’s Stuff
The Ink Witch
Troll Patrol
Debt
In the Oven
Ash

The Broken Path (The Sisters Book 2)
The Broken Path (The Sisters Book 2) Image

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

Rebecca has recovered from the coma but she still longs for the places she saw and the people she met in the coma-dream. Writing helps her bear her loneliness but things get out of control when the characters from her stories come to life in the streets of Cape Town. And Miss Mouse, the Antelope Girls, Hyena and the rest don’t exactly blend in with the crowd.

Cape Town in winter is a harsh place to be homeless. Esther, the witch who tried to kill Rebecca, is still at large. Rebecca has to keep her people safe until she finds a way to get them back into their story. She turns to her sisters for help but finds that they have secrets of their own. And Rebecca’s gun-packing neighbour is getting far too interested in her strange visitors.

The Broken Path is contemporary fantasy with illustrations by the author. It is the sequel to “The Story Trap.”

Masha du Toit
The Babylon Eye Image
The Babylon Eye
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... Read More
The Story Trap (The Sisters Book 1) Image
The Story Trap (The Sisters Book 1)
A contemporary fantasy set in Cape Town, South Africa. Rebecca never expected to meet a witch, least of all in a second-hand bookshop in Mowbray. Surely she had nothing to fear from an old lady... Read More
Crooks and Straights (Crooked World Book 1) Image
Crooks and Straights (Crooked World Book 1)
Gia’s brother Nico is different from other boys. And being different can be dangerous in Gia’s world. Cape Town is no longer the haven for magical refugees that it once was. The Purists want to get rid of all magic and the ne... Read More
Wolf Logic (Crooked World Book 2) Image
Wolf Logic (Crooked World Book 2)
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. But working with the tracker-werewolves is not the greatest dan... Read More
Strange Neighbours Image
Strange Neighbours
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 an... Read More
The Broken Path (The Sisters Book 2) Image
The Broken Path (The Sisters Book 2)
What if a story came to life — if the characters stepped off the page and into our world? Rebecca has recovered from the coma but she still longs for the places she saw and the people she met in the coma-dream. Writing helps... Read More