Monday, July 24, 2006
Guess the Plot
1. When little Billy Martin's birthday party ends in tragedy, Mrs. Martin wonders if it was a mistake to hire a magician who goes by the stage name, "The Child Butcher of Brenau."
2. Hired to find a missing cat called Magic, a pet detective finds himself drawn into a ruthless gang of international fur traders.
3. A ruthless vigilante sorcerer traps all magic for his own use, ruining everything for Jessa, who wanted to practice magic herself, but instead must take a job as an innkeeper, having no marketable skills.
4. When an archaeologist unearths a Celtic talisman, he releases an ancient druid who has been trapped for millennia. The druid finds a world where all of the old magicks have been lost. He eventually gets a job as a stablehand, having no marketable skills.
5. Stage magician "Samson" Blackstone wanted his wife to spice up their love life, but he didn't count on waking up stripped of his pubic hair--and his magic powers.
6. Telling callers that she’s out getting cigarettes won’t fly forever. It’s three months now and high time his wife gave up living at the truck stop and moved back home.
I have completed a 90,000-word fantasy novel called LOST MAGIC, set in a world politically and technologically similar to our colonial America.
Jessa, a young human woman, [One difference between this world and colonial America: when Evil Editor reads books about colonial America, the authors never find it necessary to point out that a young woman is a human.] wanted to study healing magic. But ten years after a rebel sorcerer [Please. Vigilante sorcerer. Ruthless vigilante sorcerer. First time here?] trapped all magic for his own use, she is struggling to earn a living as an innkeeper in her devastated village.
When the sorcerer is finally killed, [That's one incompetent sorcerer, if he controls all magic, and still gets himself killed.] Wren, his former assistant [Magicians have assistants; sorcerers have apprentices.] and a spy for a faction of the colonial government, shows up at Jessa's inn with the stone containing the trapped magic. Jessa discovers she has a talent for destructive magic when she helps Wren escape the rebel soldiers chasing her, and jumps at the chance to help bring magic back.
They travel to the famed college in the colonial capital, where their work is complicated by the fragile political equilibrium among several factions of humans and human-like iseair [I'm less interested in the fact that they are human-like than in how they aren't human-like.] in the colonial government, who are trying to find and keep magic for their own.
With tension between the species rising after two political assassinations, Jessa questions Wren's true goals and her own growing love for one of the iseair, Seliveon. [That name made me think of saliva, so I anagrammed it. Now it's Evil Ones.] At the same time, the woman who wanted to be a healer struggles with her unwanted talent for destructive magic.
To defeat a plot that threatens to start the whole rebellion over again, [Makes it sound like the rebellion is over, but they were just being chased by rebel soldiers.] Jessa must trust her new allies [What new allies?] despite growing evidence that one of them is an agent for another faction. [How many factions are there?] As soldiers arrive to steal magic, Jessa harnesses her unwanted destructive talent to set magic free. [Suddenly it's not even clear to me what magic is.]
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Would you like to see more? Thank you for your consideration.
I have completed a 90,000-word fantasy novel entitled LOST MAGIC, set in a world politically and technologically similar to our colonial America, but in which humans are not the only highly intelligent species, magic exists, and rebellious factions fight for control of the government.
Jessa's dream of studying healing magic ended when a rebel sorcerer trapped all magic for his own use, and she now struggles to earn a living as an innkeeper in her devastated village. When the sorcerer dies, Wren, his former assistant and a spy for a faction of the colonial government, shows up at Jessa's inn, running from rebel soldiers. Wren has with her the stone containing the trapped magic.
When Jessa discovers she has a talent for destructive magic, she helps Wren escape the rebel soldiers, and accompanies her to the capital, where together they work to return magic to the world. But their work is complicated by the fragile political equilibrium among several factions of humans and human-like iseair in the government, who are trying to find and keep magic for their own.
With tension between the species rising after two political assassinations, Jessa questions Wren's true goals and contends with her own growing love for one of the iseair, Seliveon. At the same time, this woman who once yearned to be a healer must come to grips with her unwanted talent for destructive magic.
If you'd like to read more of Jessa's story, I'll be happy to send along the complete manuscript or sample chapters. Thank you for your consideration.
If humans and iseair are coexisting, we might want some mention of what the iseair are like. Also, you're being awfully vague about what magic is. How was the world different before the sorcerer trapped all magic?