I have written about magic before. It's an old hat for me, yet with every new story comes a different form of magic to play with. In the Dragon's Hoard Series I had dragon magic, magi magic, and witch magic, all of which had different methods of use (and abuse). They were fun to explore and expand on. I've written about brownie magic in Cleanly Wrong and vampire and witch magic in Bloody Kiss. Even Jack O' Lantern's Grin had a touch of werewolf magic. The magic in my newest book, The Oracle's Flame, is so completely different from any other magic I've written before that almost from the start I wasn't sure how it was going to read on a page.
The main difference is the magic is solely elemental in nature. If something isn't from the Earth, Air, Fire, or Water Castes it isn't part of the magic. The second difference is each person has to specialize in only one element. The third difference is they aren't given a choice as to which element or to how strong their power is; they're tested by an unseen power and emerge from the testing chambers with a tattoo on their backs demarcating which Caste and how strong. Weird, right? I thought so, but I also thought that it gave a touch of struggle to the stories of my characters. A boy who loves the Earth, but ends up as a Water? A child who expects to be great, but is given little power with which to find his dreams? (I'll stop hinting about future books now.)
The Oracle's Flame begins with a young man newly tested as The Dragon of Fire, the highest rank in the Fire Caste. He's struggling to figure out his new powers and place in the world, while everyone around him is suddenly treating him like a king simply because he emerged from the testing chambers with a fiery dragon emblazoned on his back. Dragon thought he would be part of the Air Caste, not the Fire, and losing that expectation while embracing his new life is one of the ongoing emotional struggles in the book.
I can't go into too much depth on the magic in the series, because that would give away the ending. Instead I'll urge you to buy The Oracle's Flame and find out for yourselves! It arrives in stores on November 20th and is currently available for preorder with LT3.
March 21, 2018
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.