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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Hammer of Lightning

As I mentioned before, right now I get to walk around with Zhephyrus' hammer, and I have no freaking idea how to use it. Somehow, I'm supposed to use it to find the next Wizard of Lightning, but so far, I haven't been able to unlock its spark.

Who knows, though, maybe if I can figure it out, I'll be able to use the hammer the same way Zhephyrus did. Maybe I can use it to fire lightning bolts at my enemies. Creating a few charbroiled zombies might be fun!

Maybe I can even get it to do that cool trick it did for Zhephyrus, turning my lower body into lightning. Then, I can zip around the natural world the way he did. Wait, wait, wait - the dead wizard's voice just popped into my head and told me that was one of his spells, not because of his hammer. Oh shucks!

At least I can still hope for being able to charbroil a few creatures summoned by Malo. Of course, I'm sure once I locate the next Wizard of Lightning, I'm just gonna have to give him or her the hammer. Hmmm, I wonder if we could play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who gets to keep it. I tend to be pretty good at that game. Zhephyrus says to tell you that it probably won't come down to that, but I have no idea what that means.

Oh well, I guess I'll deal with it then...

Want to learn more about Reece, Zhephyrus, or Hammer of Lightning? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mixed Emotions

Balthazar has rejected the Dead Magic. And he was definitely helpful in stopping Malo from overrunning the world with his zombie army. I have come to respect his judgement on a variety of issues. His insights have proven most helpful so far.

But it has been a struggle for me. For years, Balthazar was my mortal enemy. He killed my Teacher and Protector and two other wizards I considered to be as close as brothers. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. We were forced to ally ourselves with him to stop Malo and Jhophes. It was a difficult decision to make because of the years of resentment I carried toward him.

And now, it seems that with the removal of most of his spark, Balthazar has transformed into someone completely different. He no longer talks or acts like the Wizard of Dead Magic I had grown to despise. Heck, he no longer really even looks like he did when he was a wizard. He seems completely different, a man striving for redemption.

And yet, I'm struggling to let go of my hatred for him. He has earned some respect, indeed a bit of trust, but deep down I'm struggling to embrace him as an ally, let alone as a friend. He has proven his worth, but there are so many years of animosity built up that I'm not sure I can ever truly let go. But perhaps things will change. Perhaps he will slowly undo the years of hatred that have built up. For me, it would be easier if I knew that his actions as the Wizard of Dead Magic were not really his own, that the dead magic had taken control of him, transforming him into the man I fought for all those years. At least that would provide me with some solace, something to help me accept the atrocities he has committed. For the time being, I have no choice but to take a wait-and-see approach.

Want to learn more about Nikko or Balthazar? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The New Wizard of Lightning

So, I already talked about what happened to poor Zhephyrus. He was a casualty in the battle for Taxco. And now, I have to find the next Wizard of Lightning, and I have to do it before Malo does.

You might be asking yourself why it's so important to find this person. Well, obviously, if Malo finds this wizard first, he could kill him or her. And that would be a bit of a problem, though the lightning fairies would probably just spark someone else.

The bigger problem, though, is that the lightning magic is not guaranteed to side with us in the battle for the natural world. Apparently, during the Great Schism in the Realm of Magic eons ago, some of the lightning fairies sided with the Sprites, the fairies of dead magic. And that means the lightning magic has the potential to become the ally of Malo in the days and months ahead.

I don't think Zhephyrus would let that happen, but Zhephyrus can only influence the wizard inside the Realm of Lightning. Inside the natural world, that wizard could easily fall under the influence of Malo. And I am not going to let that happen. It's been hard enough to stop just the Wizard of Dead Magic. Imagine how difficult things would be if he joined forces with the Wizard of Lightning. There would be no stopping Malo from unleashing the power of the Box of Death.

Want to learn more about Reece, lightning magic, or the Box of Death? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles, now.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Is Balthazar Really Our Ally?

Balthazar helped us stop Malo, and we probably would not have been able to do it without his help. His ability to use the ankh to bridge us close to Taxco, an area so dense with the dead magic that we never could have bridged ourselves, put us into a position to win that battle and end the zombie invasion. He even saved us on a couple of occasions during that battle. And now, he is our ally.

Or is he? He seemed to change a lot once he was no longer so full of the dead magic, but that doesn't mean the dead magic is gone from him. He just has less of it inside him. And that means it can still affect him. It can still cause him to do the kind of things he used to do when he was our sworn enemy. And that makes me a little worried, to say the least.

Can we trust him? Can we count on him to help us stop Malo? I'd like to think so, but we really don't know yet. That all remains to be seen.

And poor Nikko! Balthazar was responsible for killing his Teacher and Protector, Burgess, along with two other wizards that he considered to be brothers. And now, Balthazar is seeking forgiveness for those actions. I'm sure that caused Nikko to experience an awful lot of mixed feelings on things. I wonder how accepting he'll be of Balthazar's help going forward. I guess we'll just have to wait and see, because Nikko - like always - keeps those thoughts and feelings to himself.

Want to learn more about Reece or Balthazar's rejection of the dead magic? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Growing My Spark

Obviously, our sparks have grown some since we became wizards. We are constantly learning new spells, and though the battles we have with the dead magic are stressful and dangerous, our use of magic during those battles helps our sparks to grow even more.

The battle of Taxco, as difficult and taxing as it was, probably ended up doing more to grow my spark than a month's worth of practice in the Arena. I feel much more powerful now than I ever have, and it's only a matter of time before I can cast some new, more powerful spells.

A stronger spark will also give me more stamina during our battles. I will be able to fight longer than ever before. And given what seems to be around the corner, that's going to be extremely helpful.

That makes me I strong enough to enter the Hall of Wizards? Nikko has never let us go in there, because he always says we're not strong enough to absorb the powerful magic that exists within the room. But spark is so much stronger than ever before. Perhaps I should ask Nikko, though I'm sure he'll just respond in his usual overprotective way and tell me I'm still not strong enough. Ugh!

Want to learn more about Summer or the Hall of Wizards? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A World Full of Desolation

So Malo has this Box of Death artifact, and he's going to try and find the final fragment that will allow him to open a bridge between the abyss and the natural world. It would allow all the creatures - weak and strong - to freely enter our world.

Imagine that! Jhophes and Skree, along with thousands of zombies, skeletons, and who knows what else, roaming freely across the natural world. It would be the end of everything we know and love. And I'm pretty sure it would be the end of us. There would be no way we could possibly withstand something like that and hope to win. We would have two choices - stand and fight or run away back to the Realm of Light Magic - and neither of those choices sound especially good to me.

It seems our only chance is to stop Malo before he can find that last fragment. If we don't, I don't even want to think about what it means for the world we are supposed to protect.

Want to learn more about Jolie and the battle with the dead magic? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Not Sure What To Do Now

So, we turned back Malo and his zombie army. We sent Jhophes and Skree back to the abyss. Nikko and his wizards have returned to Cloudline. Michael and the other Sentinels have returned to Virginia to face their punishment for helping us win the battle of Taxco. And I have been left in the safe house, protected by a magical dead zone, to figure out what I am going to do next.

I rejected the dead magic, but yet I still retain a small bit of it inside me. The Sprites are unable to remove it, and so a part of me will always be corrupted. It gives me the ability to tap into my ankh and other artifacts sparked by the dead magic, but I do not retain enough spark to cast very many spells of my own.

I am not sure what I will do now. I am not a wizard anymore. I am not able to enter the Realm of Light Magic with Nikko and his wizards. But I am also not safe within the natural world. Malo wants vengeance, and he will stop at nothing to get it. He craves the Box of Death, and he will be searching for the final fragment that will allow him to achieve ultimate victory. I suppose that means I have no choice but to do what I can to stop him. Otherwise, my choice to turn against the dead magic will prove to be meaningless.

Want to learn more about Balthazar, Malo, or the Box of Death? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Talk about Stereotypes

Jolie talked about her new artifact, her magical ring of flight. I guess that seems pretty appropriate for the Wizard of Wind Magic. Each of us got a new artifact in the lead up to the battle of Taxco. Mine was a set of bracelets - bracelets that have the power of healing!

While my bracelets will definitely come in handy - and I am very thankful to have them - I could have definitely used something to do a little bit more for offense. As I said earlier, my powers are mostly focused on defense, distraction, and healing, and that means I can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to fighting. So, instead of getting a cool sword like Nikko got, I received protective bracelets that turn my skin green. Talk about a stereotype! And that means, I'm still more defensive focused than anything else.

I can certainly use my staff to decapitate goblins with the best of them, but when it comes to more powerful creatures - like Jhophes and Skree - I have to spend more time trying to keep them from killing me than being able to really fight back.

Of course, my bracelets will protect me even more, and when combined with my protective magic, I'm probably pretty difficult to kill (but I'm not going to test that anytime soon, I hope). But I still wish I could acquire a more powerful offensive set of spells or a better weapon. If I did, I'd feel much more useful in battle than I do now.

Want to learn more about Summer, her bracelets, and the Earth Magic? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles, now.