Ask Luna #131

From: Wangus

Hi,

I was wondering, is divination visible to magesight?

No. Generally, none of the sensory effects are magesight-visible – if all you’re doing is directly boosting your passive senses, there’s no easy way for anyone else to tell. There are some complicated ways of figuring out if someone’s using those kinds of spells, but basic magesight doesn’t cut it.

From: Oscar

How is the Unity Bloc doing during this Light Council-Dark Mage crisis, is there even one after all this has happened?

Haven’t heard anything about them. Which probably says all you need to know, thinking about it.

From: Silas

Hey Luna just have a few questions about Landis.
1. Do you know what Landis’s rank/role is in the Order of the Shield? I don’t see him as just a soldier but nor do I see him as a leader if that makes sense.
2. Do you happen to know how old Landis is? I remember Caldera saying they were in the Apprentice program but for some reason I always pictured him as older than that, Alex being older is kind of strange if Landis is around Caldera’s age .
3. How you rank him as a battle mage? Do you think he is on the level of the late Belthas and Vihaela or is he just below them? And Vihaela is up there right? Sorry if that is obvious, I know she is dangerous enough because of her connections and intelligence, but is she also one of the more dangerous battle mages?

1. The Order of the Shield’s got a flatter rank structure than the other orders. You’re an apprentice or a journeyman, and apart from the commanders, that’s about it as far as formal rank goes. Informally, you get listened to based on how experienced or respected you are, so even though Landis doesn’t have any official rank, people tend to listen to him when he talks.
2. Somewhere in his forties. He’d definitely a good few years older than Caldera.
3. He’s very good. On Vihaela’s level, probably. There are supposed to be mages who can match them, but I don’t know any who are better.

From: Jim

Is there anything from stopping Morden and Richard from threatening Alex and Anne’s families in order to get them to work for their side again? I don’t want to be myopic but even without the death sentence that is pretty scary to have over you.

We’ve had time to put a few contingency plans in place, so we’ll have a much better chance if anyone tries something like that again (don’t really want to go into details for obvious reasons). If Morden and Richard really wanted to push something like that, though, I don’t like our chances. They have a lot of resources.

From: Amy

1.) Does Viheala accept volunteer slaves?
2.) If so, where does one sign up?

What.

Okay, I’m done for the day.

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France and Germany

A break from Ask Lunas this week (I’ve got a giant backlog that I’m still working through) for some news on the European front!

I haven’t been posting each time there’s a new release, but the Alex Verus books have been coming out in France at a steady pace.  Fated, Cursed, and Taken came out in 2018, Chosen came out February 2019, and book 5, Hidden, has been contracted for (release date hasn’t been set, but it’s definitely going to come out by next year at the very latest).  

The German edition got started a little slower than the French one – the German Fated was released in 2018, while Cursed is coming out three days from now, on April 15th.  However, the books have already been doing very well, with a lot more orders and pre-orders than usual for a translated series.  As a result, the publishers are very interested in continuing – Taken is coming out later in 2019, Chosen is scheduled for spring 2020, and it’s currently looking as though books 5 and 6, Hidden and Veiled, will be following.  

It’s an odd feeling to have my books out in so many languages.  Since I don’t speak nearly enough French or German to read a novel in them, I really have no idea how good or bad the translations are.  If there are any French or German readers out there who’ve had a chance to look at the books in both languages, drop me a message and let me know what you think!

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Ask Luna #130

From: Benjamin

Hey Luna just finished reading Chosen and have a few questions.

1. Do you know what kind of magic Lee used, the Nightstalker that survived? I know he used tracking magic of some kind but I have do not know what magic type that falls under.

2. Do you know how tracers work like how they are created and what magic type are used to create them?

3. Lastly, and this is an just observation, but remember when Richard was talking to Rachel, he said that Tobruk was quite certain he would succeed in killing Alex, but he conveniently did not say what he thought would happen when they fought each other. Giving what we know about how he never directly lies along with his high opinion of Alex’s abilities I believe he thought Alex would prevail and that letting Tobruk torturing Alex was a way to get him to use his divination for lethal means. Also, by having Rachel harvest Shireen he gained an empowered and loyal Chosen by having the weaker apprentice harvesting the stronger one who tried to betray him. My question is do you think he wanted Alex and Rachel to take on their stronger counterparts in order to develop them into stronger mages so that he could use them in the future? Tobruk seemed too crazy and bloodthirsty to fully trust and Shireen was never going to follow orders like Rachel has done. Sorry for the length of this final question thanks for answering these you are great source of information keep it up!

1. Some sort of life magic, I think. Once he saw someone’s pattern he could track it at a distance.

2. It’s just a general term for tracking spells and effects. Usually they’re life or death, but there are space variants as well. Lots of ways to produce a similar result.

3. It could be, but I always assumed it was just the typical Dark mage thing. Set your apprentices against one another, see who wins. If one of them dies, well, he obviously couldn’t have been that good. I wouldn’t put it past him to have rigged the constest, though.

From: Grant

Hey Luna how are you doing today?

Do you know what the abilities of some of the imbued items Alex kept in the store? One is the infamous Monkey Paw but a few others keep coming up as well specifically the ones in his safe room. Do you know what the pale green egg that can defy gravity, and the metal holder with three darts and a lock, abilities are? He also mentioned some of what the Bloodsword uses were but did not say what else it could do, has he ever told you the other powers it has?

On a similar note when he was going to go all out against Levistus’s thugs he wanted to use some really powerful magic, do you know if these specific items the ones he was referring too?

Answers to the questions in the first and second paragraphs: 1) good, 2) yes, 3) yes, 4) yes.

For the last question, I think I know what you mean, and I don’t think it was anything to do with powerful magic, I think it was to do with lethality. It’s not obvious to most people, but Alex usually holds back quite a bit in fights since he doesn’t want to escalate things more than he has to.

From: Rick

Has Alex taken precautions to protects his friends and family from what Morden threatened to do to if he did not go along with his plans, along with potential attacks from his other enemies?

Yes. For obvious reasons, he’s keeping the details a secret.

From: Samuel

Hi Luna hope you are holding up okay just have a couple of questions about Spire and Alex’s council seats.
1. Is Spire a Light Mage or an Independent one? I know he is supposed to represent them but can independent mages even be on the Senior/Junior Council or even the Council in general?
2. Has Spire ever actually voted on anything? How does he maintain power without taking a stand on anything and not being delegated to the sidelines like Undarris.
3. For that matter what is Alex mage status? He is on the Light Council but on the seat for Dark Mages and was an independent before that. Is he somehow all three? That is quite the accomplishment.

1. Light, but out of all the Senior Council, he’s supposed to be the most weakly aligned to the Light Council as a whole. That’s part of the reason why independent mages are more likely to go to him.

2. I’m not that up on the Council’s political history, but from what Alex has said Spire does vote sometimes, just very carefully and making sure not to align himself with any of the blocs.

3. It’s really unclear. He used to be considered an independent mage, by joining the Keepers he became a de facto Light mage, and by filling Morden’s seat he’s kind of assumed to be a Dark mage. So yeah, in a way he’s kind of all three. I don’t think that’s going to last for much longer, though, he’s going to have to pick a side.

From: Timothy

Is there a placeholder name for the black threads of magic that Richard used as Archon? I am trying to figure out what to call it without being to broad of a name.

I just call it ‘that weird magic that Richard uses’. Coming up with names for things is very low on the priority list these days.

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Ask Luna #129

From: Tony

Okay I am not one for conspiracy theories, really I am not, but is it possible that Richard, Morden and the other Dark Mages are also affecting normal society along with the magical one? I am only asking because, and I am not going into details, but politics have been pretty crazy in Great Britain right now, and I believe that the Gate Rune War also coincided with World War 2 if they were connected that is. Is this just a crazy coincidence and I am just wildly off the mark, or do you think there is something to this even if it is less magical conspiracy and more chaos feeds off chaos. The only good news is that if this is true than the United States Council is clearing having more problems than you guys are.

I hate to break this to you, but normal people don’t need any help from mages to cause political chaos. They’re more than capable of handling that all on their own.

You wouldn’t believe how often I get people asking some variant of this question in the shop, by the way. It seems like a lot of people really, really want to believe that their current political problems are caused by a villainous conspiracy, instead of by a bunch of ordinary people who don’t agree with them.

From: Nathan

I remember when Alex was talking to Morden in Fated that some of the more infamous Light and Dark Mages were the ones who switched to the other side. My question is have you ever heard about any Dark Mages who quit to join up with the Light Council in modern times? Not joining as a Dark, Mage like Morden eventually did but by becoming a full Light Mages.

Yeah, that’s never going to happen in a million years. The only reason Morden got in was by strong-arming that Council vote that basically forced him on. No way Light mages would ever vote for someone ex-Dark. Wouldn’t matter how many years ago it was, they’d never forget it.

From: Alaric

Do you know what Druss the Red’s magic type is? I only ask because while I initially thought he was a mind mage like the others on the Senior Council but apparently he has led some of the Order of the Shield into action on retrieval missions for the imbued items and they only accept elementalists. This could be because of his rank but even then I doubt they would let him he lead a field mission unless he had some combat magic he could use.

Also do you why he has the epithet “The Red”? I know some mages have first and last names in their mage name but I never heard one with a title in it.

He’s a fire mage. It’s not as unusual as you might think – mind mages usually show up on the Council but they’re not a majority and there are usually at least a couple of elementalists on there too. Elemental mages are really common and they have a lot of status in the Council, so they can leverage that into votes even if their magic type isn’t much use in politics.

He got the epithet by some battle he won when he was young, I think. You’re right, there aren’t many mages who have titles like that, but for whatever reason his one’s stuck.

From: Anthony

1. Are there any official Light Divination Mages? I remember that Alaundo and Helikon were employed by the Council, but Morden said he used Helikon before but this could mean little considering how similar the Council and Dark mages are to each other at least nowadays.
2. So there are supposed to be Dark Diviners and I am wondering if you knew if they are more aggressive with their divination and have similar abilities to Alex or do they just want less restrictions on how they use their magic?
3. So Alex apparently once went up against a diviner do you know if it was a Dark, Light or independent mage or anything else about this event? I am curious how diviners would fight each other it seems like it would be headache inducing.
4. Ironically Alex has never faced that many diviners in the series, but do you know how this might affect his abilities against another diviner when they could each see the others actions? Has he ever described the effect and could he tell he if others are diviners from how they reacted to his use of divination?

1. Alaundo is a Light mage, and Helikaon might not be officially one but he works for them often enough. Guess Alex qualifies too, more or less. They tend to end up as ‘employed consultants’ more often than actually joining.

2. I’m assuming they’re basically the same as independent diviners, just with a different attitude. Being a Dark mage doesn’t give you access to special abilities or anything, it’s just a mindset.

3. I don’t, actually. Might get around to asking, but I have less time to chat with him than I once did.

4. I don’t know the details, but someone else once told me that there’s supposed to be some kind of ability some diviners have that can block the visions of other diviners, kind of the same way that space or time mages can shroud an area to block scrying or timesight. I’d guess that would come into it a lot.

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Ask Luna #128

From: Robert

So I am sorry if this is a stupid set of questions but do you know what dispersion dust and a revivfy are supposed to do? That latter one seems to be some sort of healing item but I wanted to be ask and be sure.

It’s basically a healing item, yeah. There are a bunch of variants but all are one-shots that inject a life magic boost into the target. Decent amount of power but they’re ‘dumb’ healing effects, which makes them much much less effective than having a life mage to guide the spell.

Dispersion dust’s similar to trail dust, it’s designed to hide your passage. Not sure exactly what it does – Alex carried it for a while but then stopped, presumably because he didn’t find it useful enough to be worth the slot.

From: Victor

I know that the Light Council and even the Dark Mages have different factions among their ranks, do the Independent mages have them as well?

And another question, I heard that Merlin was supposed to be a diviner, do you know what Morgan Le Fay’s alleged magic type was? I know that they might be myths I just wanted to check if there were some truth to them from an actual mage.

Independents have much looser factions than Dark or Light mages do. Just less inclined to form clubs, I guess. I’m not so familiar with their politics, though I know it’s supposed to be fairly complicated.

Morgan Le Fay was supposed to be an enchantress. Who knows if she really was.

From: Jo

Hi Luna,
Just a simple question, and sorry if it’s already been covered! What starsigns are you/Alex/the gang? Or when are your birthdays? I read Alex as a Virgo and you an Aquarius but I’m wondering what signs you actually are!
Thanks!

Well, you were right with the sign as far as the gang goes, but wrong with the person. Anne’s the Virgo, Alex is a Scorpio. I’m Leo and Vari is Aries.

From: Kevin

So have you noticed that quite a few people seem to be forming a Richard fan club? I have seen a few posts about how adorable he is, whether or not he is single, how he is misunderstood, and my own reaction is of bemused terror, what do you and the gang think of this?

Yeah, this is one of those things that kind of makes my jaw drop. It reminds me of how serial killers get fan mail. I guess some people are just really attracted to people who are strong and dangerous, no matter what else comes packaged with it.

From: Callum

Hey Luna how are you doing? Just have a few questions about magic types.

1. Have you heard of any mages who had more than two magic types, a tribrid for lack of a better term? Have you ever heard of mage with even more or is there a limit to how much magic one mage can use normally?

2. Is it more likely for a Time or Space mage to ascend to the Senior/Junior Council? I heard that a few universal mages were on there but I can’t figure out which type it would be because they both seem to be supporting roles in Council politics if that makes sense.

3. Regarding potential universal hybrid magic types the only ones I could come up with that makes any sense are divination/chance who “predict the future” and time/space magic for manipulating reality. (Also I can just imagine Sonder saying “Affecting the spacetime continuum is impossible!) My question is have you heard of any other universal hybrid types, and if I am on base with the combinations earlier?

1. Oh, c’mon, I’ve answered this one like a million times already. I don’t know why so many people have so much trouble with the discrete/continuous thing. Yeah, the words are kind of obscure, but the idea isn’t that complicated, is it?

2. Time mages are way more likely. They’re very good at finding out secrets and the more politically minded ones don’t share most of what they learn.

3. I’m not actually sure how a divination/chance hybrid would work, but I guess it’s possible. Time/space seems like it’d make more sense. I think there are some varieties of radiation/light/darkness/illusion mage that you’d probably call hybrids, though they might not agree.

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Ask Luna #127

From: Colin

Do you think that if Alex chose to bond with the Jinn he would have gained similar abilities to Anne, or would it be a more case by case basis? I don’t think that weird life magic she used, was like the wish magic that the Monkey’s Paw did but maybe we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

I think the whole point of wish magic is that it can do anything, so what it ends up being used for is 100% based off the wielder. In Anne’s case it worked with her life magic to make it a lot more deadly and boost its range. No idea what it’d do with Alex, and it’s very unlikely we’ll ever find out.

From: Kevin

1. Has Alex ever used path walking to see what would happen if he joined Richard to learn more about his plans? Or use it to scout out his mansion and discover more about what mages, constructs, and wards that are there, along with the overall layout?

2. Have you or Alex ever heard or met someone using the Dionysian branch of divination magic?

3. Has Alex considered getting a combat focus item like, a sword or that force staff he used against Onyx in Taken? Or perhaps a traditional shield for more protection?

1. Yes to the second, no to the first. He found out a few things but nothing we could really take advantage of on our own (it’s not like we’re going to storm the place).

2. Alex says he’s met a handful. I never have, though. I think they’re much less likely to get involved with the Council.

3. He’s got several. Trouble is, they’re all the kind that are just powerful enough to get you into trouble. This is one of those things that newbies tend not to get – I didn’t, at first – but going up against a battle-mage with a weapon can actually be worse than having nothing at all, because it tricks you into thinking that you’ll have a chance to use it. Most of the time, trying to use a sword or staff against someone like Onyx is going to get you killed. You’re better off not getting close in the first place.

From: Andrew

How has the fallout from Morden’s escape been? Was it just as bad as the others or are people just shrugging it off and waiting for the next event?

It kicked off an all-out war. Turned out both sides had been gearing up, and that was the trigger for them to cut loose. As of now, it’s still going.

From: Brian

Is the color of one’s magic fixed or can they change it? Deleo uses green water magic while others have blue, and fire mages seem to run the range of red, orange, and black is this just personality or something else?
Speaking of Fire Mages can they use a form of flight I think Ares was doing so during that adept gathering, do you think Landis or Vari could fly as well?

Magic colours tend to set fairly early, and once they’re set they stay the same, unless some major change happens to the mage or his magic (which in this context are more or less the same thing). It’s supposed to be based off personality but there isn’t a colour chart or anything like that.

Fire mages do have a form of flight, and Vari knows how to do it already. It’s not so much flying as jumping really, really far – they lighten their body (sort of a semi-elemental transformation) and create an updraft. Tends to be better at going up than along, but they can still get quite a bit or distance on the glide. Looks really impressive, kind of like a phoenix.

From: Nick

Did the Precursor mages originate in one region on earth or were they just mages from all over the planet? Did they have their own language or did they just use the languages at the time?

All over. ‘Precursor’ refers to a bunch of different mage civilisations. They used the languages of the time but they tended to have their own secret dialects and there was one particular language that got used as a kind of universal mage speech and spread a long way.

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Ask Luna #126

From: Leo

Have you heard any theories from the Light Council or any other mages about where and why Richard had been missing for over a decade? I doubt it is correct but I was just curious how someone of Richard’s status leaving the mage world would effect the political landscape and the reasons they might give for it.

On a separate note do you think Richard had contact with Morden or other associates during this time? It seems a bit odd that he would come back and become a major player like nothing had changed unless he prepared for it somehow.

Current theory is that he travelled to another world. Conventional wisdom is that that’s not supposed to be possible anymore, but there have always been a few theories saying the opposite.

The Light Council doesn’t think that Richard and Morden had any significant contact before Richard’s return. Both Alex and I are pretty much one hundred percent sure that that’s wrong – they work WAY too closely together for them to be new acquaintances. My personal theory is that they go way back, but it’s much harder to get that kind of info about Dark mages than it is about Light ones.

From: Jesse

1. Has Alex ever seen Richard use magic during his time as an apprentice? By using magic I mean stuff like ritual magic, magesight, using magical items such as gate-stones, condensers, or other forms of battle magic. I only ask because he must of done something to be a top Dark Mage and keep Elementalists like Onyx under control.

2. Also just a thought but I noticed that Richard’s tactics of being persuasive over the use of force is similar to the mannerisms of how the Jinn gain control over their human hosts. Do you think when researching the Jinn he became inspired by that? I don’t think he uses mind or charm magic because I think Alex would of noticed especially in their more recent encounters.

1. I think so, but it was always items or trivial stuff that could be easily duplicated by just about anyone. His reputation was always dangerous enough that no-one was willing to pick a fight to see what he could do.

2. Could be? Not really any way for me to know one way or another.

From: Lance

Hey Luna, I hope you and the gang are holding up okay just few questions about the Council.

1. Does the secretary in the Senior Council meetings have similar privileges to the Junior Council? Even though they are just recording the notes it seems like an important job if they have access to classified information.

2. Is there a reason why mages like Levistus, Morden or other similar in stature mages have not had assassination attempts? It’s a morbid thought but they seem too dangerous to each other, wouldn’t there be some effort to try too?

3. What do you think Lyle’s and Sonder’s end goals are at the Council? Are they trying to be on the Senior Council or something else entirely?

1. Kind of, I think. The admin people in the Council don’t count as actual Council, and in fact most of them aren’t even mages at all, but Council status isn’t everything – they have way more special perks and privileges than your regular guy on the street. Knowing the right person in the Council bureaucracy goes a long way.

2. They do. You just don’t generally hear about them. Also, mages don’t get to those positions by being easy to assassinate.

3. I’m pretty sure they both just want to climb the ladder. More status/rank in the Council, which they’ll use to gain more status/rank in the Council. I’m not sure what they’d do if they ever got to the top. I’ve got the feeling they don’t really know either.

From: Darren

Have you, Anne, or Vari ever thought about getting an imbued item? Alex has a dreamstone and armor, it would only be fair if you and the others got some as well. I remember that Pyre was after Cinder’s Dragon’s Claw gauntlet and it was supposed to be good at defensive magic something fire mages are not typically good at. Do you think that it could help Vari out if he somehow got hold of it? Is there any specific item you would want to have if you could get one?

I’ve thought about it, but imbued items are kind of double-edged swords. Sure, they’re really powerful, but as soon as it gets out that you have one, all the Dark mages and half the Light and independent ones are going to be wondering if they can take it off you. One of the bits of advice that Alex gave me when I took over the Arcana Emporium was that if I did pick up any imbued items, I should make absolutely damn sure to keep them secret. I think I’d rather have an imbued item that worked as a last-resort trump card than something that you use all the time like that combat gauntlet of Cinder’s. I’m not in a hurry to pick them up, in either case.

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Twenty-One Years

Twenty-one years ago, I started my first novel.  

It wasn’t meant as a novel, at least not to begin with – it was just a story.  I was still in school at the time, and I’d started and abandoned a lot of stories, and I had no reason to think that this one would be any different.  But that story grew and grew until it became a 100,000 word novel, and by the time it was done I’d started to wonder if it might be publishable.  It wasn’t, of course – 99.9% of first novels are terrible, and mine was no exception.   And I wasn’t thinking in terms of being a full-time writer, or of even being a writer at all.  But if I had to put my finger on the point at which I started out as a novelist, that would be it.  

It took me seven years to go from that day to being published.  When I did get published, it was as a children’s author, which wasn’t surprising, since all four of the novels I’d written were for children.  Books two and three were children’s urban fantasy, with the main characters being elemental mages (sound familiar?) but the book that finally got me a publishing contract had a martial arts theme.  These were the Ninja books, and given that I had a contract for two of them, I was pretty excited. I optimistically believed that I’d arrived, that I’d be able to keep writing children’s books, and that my publisher would keep bringing them out.  

All three of these beliefs turned out to be one hundred percent wrong.  

The following years were tough.  The first Ninja book had mediocre sales, and so did its sequel, leading to my publisher dropping me.  My next book was also rejected, first by my now-ex-publisher, followed by everyone else.  My next book after that was also rejected.  And so was the next book after that.  And so was the next book after that.  (If you’re losing count by this point, you can imagine how much fun this was to experience.)

By 2008/2009, I was starting to lose hope.  My career as an author was dead in the water, and my only income was coming from my work as an English teacher.  I decided it was time to face the facts, enrolled for a law training course, and in the meantime took a half-year contract to teach in China.  Before flying off to Shanghai, I finished up my tenth book, a weird first-person fantasy novel with a protagonist who for some reason I’d made a diviner.  Then I sent it off to my agent, without really expecting that she’d be able to sell it.  In the past, whenever I finished a book, I’d immediately start planning out the next one.  This time I didn’t.  At some level, I felt that this was my last shot.  If it didn’t work out, I was going to give up.

I was back from China and a week away from starting my law course when I got a message from my agent.  An editor at Orbit was tentatively interested in my book.  He didn’t think it was publishable, but thought it could be made that way with a rewrite . . .

Fast forward two and a half years to 2012.  Fated was just being released, books #2 and #3 were written and contracted for, and I was working on a fourth.  Best of all, this time I wasn’t just being published in the UK, but also in North America.  Once upon a time this would have thrilled me, but by this point I’d become wary – I’d had the rug yanked out from under me once, and at the back of my mind I was watching for signs that the same thing was going to happen again.  So I kept writing, but I kept one eye on my sales numbers, always mindful of the possibility that the series was going to fail, as so many do and as mine had before.  

Skip forward a final seven years . . . and that brings us all the way up to today.  Nine Alex Verus books have been published, with a tenth written.  The sales are very healthy, and each new book sells a respectable amount of pre-ordered copies as soon as it hits the shelves.  I’m not sure exactly what the tipping point was, but I realised somewhere in between 2012 and a few years ago that the Alex Verus series was off the endangered species list.  It had built up enough of a fanbase that I didn’t have to worry about it being cancelled any more.  And sure enough, right now I’ve got publishing contracts that run all the way to Alex Verus #12, which means that I can be absolutely sure that the series is going to be completed.  Somewhere around 2021 the last Alex Verus book will come out, and for the first time ever, I’ll see a series that I started be published all the way to its end.  

Seven years from my start as a novelist to my first publication;  seven years from my first publication to my first successful series;  seven years from the start of that series to now.  In the old days, seven years was the traditional length of time for someone new to a craft to go from apprentice to journeyman.  To go from journeyman to master was another story.  I don’t know how long it’ll take me to get there, but I’m working at it, and with every book I try new things and improve a little more.

What a long strange trip it’s been.  Thanks to all of you who’ve helped along the way.  

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Ask Luna #125

From: Sierra

Just for fun have you ever thought about using your magic to give someone good luck by kissing them? And on the flip side give them bad luck by blowing them one? Or vice verse? I know that might seem really lame but I think it might add more to your mystique as a chance mage if you pull it off right.

Actually, the ‘good luck from a kiss’ thing was one of the first conscious tricks I ever learnt. Might even have been the very first, come to think of it. Bad luck from blowing them a kiss seems a little creepy, though. I don’t really like the idea of associating my kisses with that (I have enough bad memories along those lines already).

Generally, since I started training seriously, the direction I’ve been going in has been to use less physical components to my spells, instead of more. Producing good or bad luck just by standing still and apparently doing nothing might not look as impressive, but it’s a lot more useful.

From: Chandler

So these sets of questions are a bit different from the mage related ones just relatively regular ones.

1. Have there ever been a question you wished people would ask you? On the flip side what questions do you wish people would stop asking?

2. What types of movies/tv series and books do you like to watch and read? Do you and the gang play any video games or board games/Table RPGs together?

3. Do like to go see plays/musical theater? I don’t know if Hamilton is playing in the UK but it is pretty good.

1. That first question’s a good one. I don’t know if there was any one thing I really wanted people to ask, but I prefer the ones that are personal without being too personal, if you know what I mean. Stuff I can relate to. I really have trouble staying interested when people keep asking these incredibly dry geography/history questions about magical law enforcement relations in Canada or something equally pointless.

As for questions I wish people would stop asking . . . for the love of god, guys, stop asking me about Richard’s magic type. I don’t know and I’m really running out of ways to say ‘well, it’s possible’.

2. I like anime quite a bit. For books, I used to be a big fan of Animorphs, though I haven’t read them in a while. As for games, we used to play quite a few together but things have gotten more and more stressful/hectic and it’s hard to find the time nowadays.

3. Never got into it, sadly. Couldn’t go to theatres back when my curse was uncontrolled and I have bad associations with those kinds of places in general. I can manage it now, but I still have trouble completely relaxing, which really puts a damper on enjoying a show. I did always kind of like musicals when I could see televised versions.

From: Elaine

Do you know anything about those badgers in Morden’s mansion? I am kind of mystified that Morden would be near them he does not seem the type to associate with magical creatures.

What badgers?

From: Joesph

Have you heard of any magical types that aren’t suppose to exist anymore similar to Fate or Wish mages or perhaps even families of magic?

Has there ever been any magic users who could use multiple types by use of magical artifacts or magical creatures? Not like regular focuses but someone who could use different magic from their own like they would if they actually had them.

Summoning magic’s supposed to not really exist anymore, or at least not in the form it used to, where you had mages who could conjure up all kinds of stuff whenever they felt like it. Summoning magic now gets done by rituals, which are really slow and limited by comparison.

Not quite sure what you mean with the second question. You do get item specialists, but they’re not exactly using multiple types of magic themselves, they’re relying on the item. You do get the occasional really powerful hybrid who can do something like what you’re saying.

From: Matthew

Are there any mage sports, or competitions that are global in nature like soccer, or are sports in general considered to be low brow for mage society.

Duelling’s the most popular mage sport by a long way, and it’s pretty global. Other than that, a surprising amount of mages are fans of regular sports, though they’re usually embarrassed to admit it.

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Road to Publication

Various bits of news for this week.  First and foremost, as of yesterday, I’ve finished and sent off the copy-edits for Fallen.  There are proofreading and author queries still to do, but basically, the manuscript is done:  the version I just sent to my publishers is something like 99.5% identical with the one you guys will be reading this autumn.  

And yes, I know, that’s a long time to wait, especially since the manuscript is almost entirely ready to go.  But publishers have their publishing slots, and that’s just how they do things.  If it’s any consolation, it won’t actually make much difference to how long it’ll take me to finish the series.  

Reedsy has featured Alex Verus as #4 on their list of top fantasy series ever.  I can’t honestly say I think it deserves to place that high, but it’s a nice ego boost.

And on a different note, we’re coming up to Fated‘s seven year anniversary!  Seven years is kind of an interesting number, for reasons that I’ll get into, so I’m planning an anniversary post for two weeks from now.  More details at the time.

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