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Akrasia

Akrasia is my current long-form fiction project. Provided my resolve doesn’t fail, and fortune cooperates with fate, this will be the manuscript that makes me a published author. Third time’s the charm, right?

The Blurb
When the War of Magi ended with the destruction of ancient Athens, the First Amagium was founded; an order of mages avowed to prevent further magical warfare. After two catastrophic collapses, the Amagium’s third incarnation protects humanity from supernatural threats while dictating permissible spells and arcane artifice. But as citizens begin to chafe under those constraints, law officers known as Keepers struggle to maintain order in the face of mounting criticism.

Save for his haughty nature and the mixed blessings of an unusual parentage, Hace Matthews is the one of the most gifted aspiring Keepers to matriculate at the Arroyo Athenaeum in decades. His promise is second only to the record-shattering academic performance of Alinore Valmont, a prodigy driven to exceed the crushing expectations of her family at any cost. Meanwhile, Sevardin Harker, a once-decorated Keeper now on suspension for misconduct, searches for hope in a world hollowed by the loss of his partner and lover.

Thrown together in the wake of tragedy, this fledgling team must face rash extremists and murderous warlocks while peeling back the layers of a conspiracy within the Third Amagium itself… or the horrors of unbound wyrd warfare may once again consume the world.

The Premise
I originally set out to write a blend of Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim and V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, but the book is shaping up to be something darker. Imagine Law and Order: Supernatural Crimes Unit with alternate history flourishes and Rothfussian influences. Like my preceding project, it is a contemporary urban fantasy novel, but Trespassers’ spellwork was conducted in conspiratorial shadows, whereas Akrasia’s magic is not only out in the open; it is the world’s technological, cultural, and historical fulcrum.

The Characters
Trespassers was a multi-POV affair with three main characters, though you saw everybody through the lens of a single character and his magical perspective-hopping gift. Trouble was, many readers didn’t like the guy playing looking glass. Especially at the start of the adventure, where I essentially wrote him as the worst-possible version of myself. The fact that he had been shut away for a year, with no preexisting human connections, made his redemption story an even harder sell.

This time, I’m writing heroes from page one. Characters whose examples I aspire to follow, based on positive aspects of myself and people I deeply admire, tempered by flaws that I can speak to from personal experience. Each of them has friends, family, mentors, skeletons in the closet, and baggage pertaining to themselves and each other. No muddled memories. No arrested development. Just badasses being badasses.

I’d tell you more, but they should really speak for themselves.

The World
Akrasia’s Earth is an eerie reflection of our own, estranged by the ubiquitous presence of magic. Familiar figures and places appear in a history following a similar trajectory, though their roles and significance have been tweaked or scrambled. Comparable events play out over identical geography with different political boundaries. Epistolary excerpts precede each chapter, providing hints of these enigmatic differences. And as the world building blocks become bedrock, I will share documents detailing these eccentricities here. See what I’ve already revealed in the Sneak Peeks section below!

Sneak Peeks
Everything here is very rough and subject to change, but because I’m excited and eager to share, here are some teasers. Critiques welcome, speculation sustains me.

Chapter 1 – Updated 11-15-18




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