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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book 2 Is Right Around the Corner

Guess what? Book 2 is right around the corner. A lot of the questions we've been posing over the last several weeks might soon have some answers.

It picks up only a few weeks after the end of Book 1, with Malo searching for the Box of Death, the Sentinels heading back to Virginia to face their punishment, Balthazar trying to figure out his future, and us trying to find the next Wizard of Lightning.

That sounds like an awful lot going on, and it is. I can't wait to see what's in store for me. I wonder what new magical spells I might learn. I wonder what role I'm going to get to play in trying to stop Malo. I wonder who the next Wizard of Lightning is going to be. I hope it's a boy my age, and that he's hot, hot, hot. Who knows, maybe he and I will hook up.

Of course, it might not mean much if we can't stop Malo from using the Box of Death to unleash a horde of creatures on the natural world. I mean, dating the Wizard of Lightning won't be much fun if the world has seen some sort of dead magic apocalypse, or worse yet, if I'm dead. Ugh! Now I'm making myself all kinds of depressed. I think I'll lift my spirits by conjuring myself up some chocolate ice cream. That makes everything seem easier to deal with.

Want to know how Book 2 turns out? Stay tuned for The Box of Death, Book 2 of the Three Wizards Chronicles, on sale soon.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can Balthazar Be Corrupted Again?

I know Balthazar turned out to be quite an asset in turning back Malo's zombie army. I also know that Reece has some concerns about Balthazar's future as our ally. I also have some concerns, but my concerns are very different.

It's true that Balthazar was our enemy, and it's true that Jhophes forced out most of his spark when he turned Balthazar into a zombie. It's also true that Balthazar seemed to change - to become more human - the longer he was away from the dead magic.

He seems to have rejected the dead magic, but has the dead magic rejected him? To me, that is the bigger question. He still retains a small bit of his spark, and while he seems rather unwilling to try to grow that spark, I don't know what the Sprites have in store for him. Will they attempt to bring him back to their side, to corrupt him again? And if they do, will he come storming back with a vengeance, more powerful and more malevolent than he was before?

That thought is terrifying to me, perhaps even more because he is now our ally. It was easy to fight him when I did not know him as anything other than the Wizard of Dead Magic. But what happens if he becomes corrupted five years from now? By then, he very well may be more than just our ally; he might very well be our friend. And that would put us into a very difficult position. I only hope that never comes to pass.

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

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Michael and Jennifer McCoy

I've talked a bit about the Sentinels and about whether or not they will continue to be our allies. I thought, though, that today might be a good time to tell you a bit about the two who helped to drum up some help for us among the normals.

Michael and Jennifer McCoy are husband and wife. Apparently, they met after both of them had joined the Sentinels. I'm not sure how roaming the world observing magical battles between wizards creates the environment for love, but hey, who am I to judge?

Anyway, both of them are well-versed in the Chronicles, a history of wizards, magic, and the battles we've had that goes back a fairly long way. When they first met me, they seemed to know more about me than I even knew about myself.

At first, the amount of stuff they knew was a bit unsettling to me. They knew more about the history of magic than even I did. But over time, I very much came to respect them, and the others they convinced to help us. They seemed to be unfazed by the prospect of fighting goblins, zombies, and other creatures from the abyss. They fought with a poise that I never would have expected to exist among normals. And now, I consider them to be friends, friends whose judgment I have come to respect.

I hope the future brings us back together, that they are not forced to return to the way things used to be. It was nice having friends that weren't just wizards. Being the Teacher and Protector of the Three Wizards is great, but it comes with quite a responsibility, one that can be quite a burden sometimes. I have grown to love those three girls, and I don't want anything to happen to them. With more competent allies around, perhaps protecting them will become a bit easier.

Want to learn more about Nikko, the Sentinels, or Michael and Jennifer McCoy? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

This Is Crazy Talk

I read what Summer and Balthazar posted about the abyss, and I think it's crazy talk! The idea that somehow the abyss is the cause of the eternal battle between the light and dead magic has a lot of holes in it. For starters, if we were to really kill Jhophes, what would stop the Sprites from simply creating a new Zombie Lord? I mean, it's not like they've grown weaker over the years. And while their power is probably not infinite, they created one Zombie Lord, and they could easily create another one.

So, while the thought that destroying the abyss would finally rid the natural world of the threat of goblins, skeletons, and other more powerful creatures is awesome, I don't think that's what will happen. There has to be a way to do it, but over the course of millennia, Wizards of Light Magic have failed to find the answer, and I doubt we'll find it either.

There just probably isn't a magic bullet to end the threat. And that means we have no choice but to carry on and continue the fight, just the way wizards like us have done since the day the battle spilled over into the natural world. I know Nikko sees something special in me and my sisters, but I don't think we're special enough to put an end to this.

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Summer May Be Right

I read Summer's post about the abyss, and I have a sneaking suspicion she may be right about it. You see, during the Great Schism, the period during which the fairies of light magic split the Realm of Magic into three, they created the abyss as a way to trap the essence of the creatures of the dead magic. This would keep them from threatening the Realm of Light Magic.

That was when the Sprites chose to spark a wizard named Cain. They knew that if they allowed some of their magic to be sent into the natural world, they could perhaps find a way to undo the abyss. And indeed, Cain developed the ability to draw out the essence of creatures from the abyss, using his connection to the natural world as a way to create a sort of prison break. Their essence would still be bound to the abyss, though. That is why when a creature sparked with dead magic is killed, it returns to the abyss.

Perhaps if the abyss went away, and the sparks of those creatures were no longer tied to it, destroying them might very well dispel the essence of those creatures, truly killing them rather than simply returning them to the abyss.

Of course, this could prove to be erroneous, and I am not willing to let Malo unleash the power of the Box of Death just to prove a theory that might very well lack validity. Therefore, I must do whatever I can to stop that power from ever being unleashed.

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

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Armies of the Dead Magic

During the course of our battles leading up to Taxco, we had to fight an awful lot of creatures summoned by Malo. We fought many weaker creatures, like goblins, zombies, and skeletons. Those creatures have proven to be rather easy to defeat. With one swing of my double-bladed staff, I can dispel them, sending them back to the abyss.

But we also ran into a few more powerful creatures, like ogres, trolls, shadow wraiths, and hellhounds. Those creatures sometimes take a bit more effort to dispel, especially the trolls. They're much more powerful creatures, which sometimes requires the use of a more powerful weapon. Nikko used to have to summon a sword sparked with all four types of light magic in order to defeat a troll. Now, though, he has his artifact sword, which gives him the power he needs to fight them off by himself (while we handle some of the other creatures).

Of course, we also encountered Jhophes and Skree, two Lords of the Dead. They had enormous power, and they proved to be the most difficult to dispel. Somehow, we managed to defeat them, though I'm still not sure how.

The saddest part of it all, though, is that in the natural world, we can never really kill any of them. If we defeat them, their essence simply returns to the abyss, where it resides until it's strong enough to be re-summoned.

That makes our job of protecting the natural world so difficult. It seems like we can't ever really win. We can't kill any of the creatures we battle, except for the Wizard of the Dead Magic. And that's why the war between the different types of magic has gone on for so long. The presence of the abyss and the binding of the essence of creatures of the dead magic to it has actually made our eternal struggle more difficult.

Perhaps if the abyss were gone, we could permanently kill some of the creatures of the dead magic. Perhaps then we could finally kill Jhophes and Skree, and make it impossible for them to threaten the natural world or the Realm of Light Magic ever again. I'm not saying I want Malo to find the last fragment of the Box of Death, because I think that would unleash more creatures than we could possibly turn back. I'm just saying that maybe the abyss is actually prolonging this eternal battle.

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