by Alex C Vick
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
Shannon thought there was no such thing as real magic. Until that day. The day that changed everything.
Put yourself in her shoes. Would you open your eyes, if you were the one that heard them? Two magic-takers from another world, arguing about whether they can collect what they came for before you wake up. It sounds like a crazy dream, or a practical joke.
But what if the air around you started to vibrate with an invisible force field? What if, all at once, it felt scary, yet familiar too? You would have no way of knowing that this discovery would set you on a path no-one from our world has taken for centuries. Towards a deadly enemy, and a fight you will almost certainly lose.
All you know is that your heart is beating so fast you’re worried they will hear it, and your brain is starting to buzz as the force field reaches it. Would you open your eyes?
Join Jax and Shannon as they live through the most exciting and terrifying ten days of their lives!
“Why do you-?” started Shannon, at the same time that Jax said
“How did you-?”
They both laughed nervously.
“You go first,” said Jax. “I’ve got a feeling I need to answer a few of your questions first before you can be any help answering mine.”
“OK,” replied Shannon. “Why do you travel to my world and steal its magic?” she began.
“Steal?” replied Jax, shocked. “Stealing magic is not what we do. We harvest it.”
“You steal it,” retorted Shannon. “If it’s not stealing, why do you only do it in secret? And why does no-one on my world seem to know that it’s happening?”
“Exactly!” said Jax. “If you don’t know it’s happening, and you don’t even know the magic is there in the first place, and you don’t miss it when it’s gone, how can it be stealing?
Besides, it has always been this way. For hundreds of years magic-takers have travelled from Androva to Terra to harvest its magic.”
“You still haven’t answered my question anyway,” said Shannon, crossing her arms. “Why do you do it?”
Jax shifted in his seat, and looked out of the window.
“I don’t exactly know why,” he mumbled.
“What?” said Shannon.
“I don’t know why!” repeated Jax, more loudly. His cheeks went a little red, and he scuffed his shoe along the floor.
“I am not permitted to know until I am of age. I only know that it has something to do with a very old Treaty, and that it’s a really bad thing if Androva doesn’t harvest its full magic Quota each month.”
GUEST POST – Interview with Jax and Darius
Thank you so much to Nikolina for featuring my book on her Book Lover Promo blog! I love having the opportunity to share a character interview for my guest post.
This interview is with Jax and Darius, the two magic-takers from Androva that Shannon meets at the start of Stealing Magic. They’re both fourteen years old. The interview takes place two weeks before the beginning of the book.
Me: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Jax: (rolls eyes) Not like we had a choice, is it? Given that we’re your characters.
Darius: (looks embarrassed)
Me: OK, fair point. But if you’re my characters, how come you sometimes do and say things that I don’t expect you to?
Jax: I could tell you, but then I’d have to project a Distraction Spell so that you didn’t remember. Those are the rules. So why bother? (grins) Maybe I’ve told you already…
Me: You’re quite sure of yourself, aren’t you?
Jax: Obviously. I am the best underage magician on Androva.
Darius: (sniggers) Modesty being one of his more hidden qualities.
Jax: Modesty is for girls like you.
Darius: (pushes Jax on the shoulder) Remind me again why I’m friends with you?
Jax: (grins again) For my sense of humor, probably.
Me: (tries to get the interview back on track) Can you tell the readers something about yourselves? Like why they should read Stealing Magic, for example.
Jax: Stealing is a strong word. Is it really stealing? (turns to Darius)
Darius: It depends on whether you come from Androva or Terra, I suppose.
Me: Well, the readers will be from Terra.
Jax: (shrugs) I don’t think it’s stealing. It’s not as if anyone on Terra even knows it’s there. Perhaps if they knew…
Darius: (looks nervous) They can’t, Jax. We’ve talked about this before.
Jax: (avoids Darius’s gaze) Yeah, I know.
Me: (changes the subject) Tell me a bit about Androva. Imagine you’re talking to someone who isn’t a magician.
Jax: Someone who isn’t a magician? You mean a Terran.
Me: Yes. At the moment, there are no magicians on Terra.
Jax: (raises eyebrows) At the moment? Interesting…
Darius: (shakes his head) Don’t get any ideas.
Jax: (innocent look) I wouldn’t!
Darius: (frowns) Yes, you would.
Me: Can we return to the question please? What’s it like on Androva?
Jax: We’re all magicians, and we don’t do much without using magic. It’s everywhere. Your head would probably find it hard to handle. If you ever went there for real, of course.
Darius: (covers face) Please don’t insult the person who is telling our story. I don’t want to be written out before the first book even starts.
Jax: I don’t think the book would work without me. I’m pretty sure I’m one of the main characters.
Me: You can be a bit of a brat, can’t you?
Jax: (grins) Isn’t that part of my charm?
Darius: (groans) Can we stop the interview before he says anything else?
Me: What about the part of Androva that you don’t know?
Jax: (warily) What do you mean?
Me: There are a lot of secrets, aren’t there?
Jax: (reluctantly) Maybe.
Me: How far would you go to find out what they are?
Jax: (looks intrigued) I don’t know. You tell me. How far would I go?
Darius: (warningly) Jax…
Me: Thanks very much both of you. I’m going to have to stop the interview there because we’re out of time.
Thank you for reading, and thank you again to Nikolina for the opportunity!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alex writes contemporary fantasy books for a middle grade audience and older. There are three (self-contained) stories in the Legacy of Androva series so far, with a fourth on the way. You can contact Alex, and find more information about Androva, including a character interview, at http://www.alexcvick.com
Alex lives in the South of England with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not working, or writing about magic, she also loves reading and photography.
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