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Monday, March 23, 2015

Magical Theives!

The story of “The Magic Thieves” is the result of one of my thought experiments: what if magic were real? Not in this dimension, but in a parallel universe somewhere out there? What would a society look like if it depended on magic instead of technology?

That led to development of Tah'Nut, a planet ruled by magic. For millennia, it has relied on those few gifted in the art of wizardry to run daily life, maintain the environmental balance, and provide spiritual stability. But not even magic is a safeguard against the darker forces of abuse of power, and so Tah’Nut was pushed into the darkest two centuries of its history when unscrupulous murderers took over. Now a new age is dawning, and the novel focuses on the events that help bring about a revolution of sorts.

With two main characters, each representing a side of the battle on Tah’Nut, you can imagine how the sparks will fly. Elryk Muyd'omir is a rare lightning wizard, on the run and hiding on Earth because he refused to co-operate with the illegally ruling Xoh'kas family. Kaythan Vs'urr is a Law Force Commander who is sent to retrieve Elryk and return him for punishment. But Elryk has learned a few things while staying on Earth, and Kaythan has a secret of his own. But those are not their only problems. Someone is stealing the magic on Tah’Nut, threatening he entire planet’s way of life. All Elryk and Kaythan need to do is learn to work together, find the magic thieves, and stop them…

What follows is a true adventure, an exploration of the types of magic ruling Tah’Nut, and the discovery of a few secrets, a new type of magic, and a relationship between a wizard and a lawman that is more explosive than either of them expected.

What if there was a parallel dimension in which magic was a real and necessary part of keeping the political and economic balance - and someone was now stealing that magic?

Elryk Muyd'omir is the most powerful lightning wizard born on Tah'Nut in two hundred years and a pacifist. When he refuses to co-operate with the illegally ruling Xoh'kas family they torture and kill his lover. Rather than risking the death of thousands by losing control over his lightning magic in his rage, he flees to Earth - a place without magic. When the gateway that connects Tah'Nut to other worlds opens Elryk knows that the Law Forces have found him. It is time to either face cruel punishment or fight.

Kaythan Vs'urr is a Law Force Commander who is sent to retrieve the criminal wizard Elryk. He is expected to return him to Tah'Nut for ‘reprogramming'. Secretly disgusted with the Xoh'kas' lack of determination to stop the magic thieves, he has decided to win Elryk for his plan of defeating them. All they need to do is find the fabled Magic Shield to prevent further thievery.

Can Elryk trust the gorgeous Law Commander who wants his help? Will the two men be able to work together to defeat the Xoh'kas and eliminate the magic thieves?

Excerpt from The Magic Thieves:

Everything changed on the day true magic came to Earth.

At first, most humans were shocked to discover that inter-dimensional gateways were real rather than the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. A few courageous scientists were sent to explore the phenomenon, accompanied by military protectors. When the first people emerged from the swirling colours of the gateway, everyone was relieved that the ‘aliens’ looked so human. They identified themselves as diplomats from the planet of Tah‘Nut and conveyed a message of peace and an offer of help with humanity’s problems.

After a week of adjusting to a new world order, the human consensus was gratitude. Magic may not have been what most had expected from a different dimension, but there was hope that it might help avert many of the global threats that were about to overwhelm humanity’s ability to deal with them. Everyone thought the gateway’s appearance and the Tah’Nutian offer of help was a serendipitous miracle.

Elryk Muyd‘omir knew better.

The Tah’Nutian government had no intention of selflessly helping the humans save their planet. The price of total subjugation to their will hadn’t been mentioned yet, but it would become obvious soon enough. The cruelty of the current government was the only reason Elryk had left his home planet. He’d refused to work with the illegally ruling Xoh‘kas family. As a consequence, they’d declared him an enemy of the law, making him a wanted man.

His only choice had been to find a suitable planet outside the magical realm, one that was unknown to the Xoh’kas or anyone else on Tah’Nut. He wanted to make it as difficult as possible for them to find him, so he looked for a planet with no magic at all. When he’d found Earth, he’d used the gateway to briefly connect the two planets. Three years ago almost to the day he’d finally escaped, closing the gateway down from Earth’s end as soon as he’d made it through.

Earth had become his home, and even though he’d had to do without his magic, he’d been mostly happy here. He’d never had many friends on Tah’Nut, so he didn’t miss them. He’d made a few new friends on Earth, and wasn’t looking forward to leaving them behind.

Unfortunately, he hadn’t succeeded in hiding his whereabouts well enough, nor in closing down the gateway permanently. He knew that its appearance wasn‘t a lucky coincidence, miraculous or otherwise. It was the result of a concerted effort to track him down.

Now that the Tah‘Nutian Law Forces had located his refuge, he needed to make a decision—accept his punishment or fight.

Elryk stood on the white sands of his favourite beach and stared out over the stillness of the blue-green ocean waves. The sun was high in the sky, creating an almost oppressive heat. There wasn’t even a breath of wind in the physical world. The magical realm was another matter. Now that the gateway gave him access again, he could feel its energies expanding outward. As soon as they touched him, the Law Forces would be able to pinpoint his location. Hiding wasn’t an option much longer.

“You‘re going to leave, aren‘t you?” Parker Stokes was his best friend, sharing his beach house with him and keeping Elryk company when not working as a physicist.

“I‘m sorry.” Elryk saw no other way. Even though the gateway had opened on the other side of the planet, the energy would eventually envelop this entire planet, just like it surrounded Tah’Nut. “When the gateway energies reach me, there’ll be no escape. The Law Forces will come for me, and if they find out that you helped me hide, your punishment will be as severe as mine. I can’t risk that.”

“You‘ve always said this might happen.” Parker smiled, showing the dimples so at odds with his serious demeanour. “I wish there was something I could do to help. For the first time in my life, I wish I was a wizard, not a scientist.”

“I’m glad you’re a scientist.” Elryk smiled. “We may not have science on Tah’Nut because we never needed it to help us. Magic was always a much easier solution. But having seen what science can do if used correctly, I can’t help but think that it may come in handy at some point.”

“You’ll know where to find me when that happens.” Parker patted Elryk’s arm. “I may not be able to help you fight them in a magical battle, but I’d love to support you in some other way. My fingers are itching with the need to do something useful. To help you stop them.”

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