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The Separation and the History of Magic

separationBeing such a student of history, of course Lexie would want to know everything about history as it pertained to magic. Gavon, of course, is more than willing to oblige, telling her the story of the brief magical experiment that ended with a bloody two year war and the Separation.

When the Europeans first came to the US, the magicals took advantage of the space and freedom and decided to set up their own little colony where they could practice magic openly. This lasted for a bit until they realized they still needed to trade with the non-magicals, and the colony grew too large to hide.

However, since there was a generation of magicals who’d grown up without having to hide their magic, they said, “Screw this” and a war broke out between those who wanted to assimilate with the non-magicals, and those who wanted to remain free–and enslave the non-magicals.

Johanna Chase, the daughter of the guildmaster John and Lexie’s maternal ancestor, figured out how to create a magical space, or another pocket of reality, that would serve as a prison for the Separatists. Eventually, as depicted in the graphic, the Separatists lost and were sentenced to live in this prison.

After the Separation, the Council of Danvers decreed (again, as we learned in a previous blog post, a decree/pact is enforced by the power inherent in those who belong to the group. So this pact was pretty damned iron-clad) rules like no magic until fifteen, non-magicals won’t know about magic, dragon’s blood can only be used for healing potions, that sort of thing.

But most importantly, there would be no more specialities, like healers, potion-makers, and most importantly, warriors like James Riley who could wreak havoc on the world. Everyone would just have a blend of normal magic, much less powerful than before.

So, as I’m sure you’re wondering, how the hell did Nicole and Marie become a healer and potion-maker? Lexie’s wondering the same thing…


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Magic and Mayhem, book 2 in the Lexie Carrigan ChroniclesAt the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things–getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon’s apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie’s well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window.

James says he’s there to learn, but Lexie doesn’t trust him, and she refuses to make another colossal mistake like she did with Gavon. Despite her best efforts, an unlikely friendship blossoms in the sparring ring, and James proves an adversary unlike any she’s faced before: one she understands.

Magic and Mayhem is the sequel to Spells and Sorcery, a young adult contemporary fantasy from author S. Usher Evans.

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