When Magic Goes Off The Grid

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Happy Friday, y’all!  Please welcome our friend and today’s special guest, Gail Z Martin!  She has a brand-new book coming out this week, and we were thrilled to let her come here to tell you all about it.  Ready?  Here she is!

If you’ve ever lived through an extended power outage, you know how inconvenient, scary and dangerous it can be when the power grid goes down. Without electric power, food spoils, buildings get too cold or too hot, businesses can’t function and in a total outage, even emergency services grind to a halt.  We’ve seen how devastating it can be to go without electricity when natural disasters or war destroy a region’s infrastructure. Modern civilization rapidly disintegrates without the conveniences, safety measures, and tools upon which we’ve come to rely. When society relies on something as fundamentally as we rely on electricity, everything falls apart when that element fails. People die.

In my new book, Ice Forged (available now for pre-order, in stores January 2013), I imagine a failure of a different kind of “power grid.” What happens when a society that has become dependent on magic when the magic disappears?

Imagine a world where most people have a touch of magic. Not powerful, mage-level magic, but kitchen witch-level abilities. The kind of thing useful for healing, preserving food, improving crop yields, mending broken objects, reinforcing buildings and dams, and enhancing quality. People who lack magical talent themselves can easily hire someone to do what is needed. Those small magics have been part of the fabric of life for generations, long enough that most people no longer remember how to do things the hard way. When a disastrous war destroys the harnessed magic, the consequences are more than political: they’re a matter of life and death.

What if, in the midst of that kind of destruction, you alone had what was needed to bring back the magic? Who might aid you—and who would benefit from the chaos? And if, like my hero Blaine McFadden, you had been exiled, stripped of your lands and title, imprisoned and disavowed, would you be willing to risk your life to restore the magic to the kingdom that cast you out?

Ice Forged introduces readers to disgraced former lord Blaine McFadden, who becomes the kingdom’s most sought-after—and hunted—man, the convict on whom the future depends. If he can live long enough to make his choice. Grab an excerpt from Ice Forged here: http://www.4shared.com/office/NhlMRowu/Ice_Forged_Excerpt_2.html

My annual Days of the Dead blog tour celebrates Halloween, Samhain, Dia De Los Muertos, All Hallow’s Eve—you get the picture! I’m throwing an online party—with downloadable party favors—and you’re invited! You can see where I’ve spread the goodies out across all my partner sites at www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com—plus some downloadable excerpt “treats” to enjoy!

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6 comments to When Magic Goes Off The Grid

  • Thanks for sharing. This book sounds great. It’s definitely going on my to-read list.

  • When the magic goes away, best not be living in a floating castle. ;) As was talked of in the Vlad Taltos series during the Interregnum.

  • Great to see you here, Gail! Best of luck with the new book. It sounds great.

  • sagablessed

    We have similar but polar opposite ideas. Mine is what happens when the magic returns. I cannot wait to see how our worlds compare. :D

  • wrybread

    I’ve actually done a lot of thinking about what happens when the magic returns, to the point that it’s at the core of my WIP, but I’d never really thought of a magical “outage.” What a cool idea.

    @Daniel: I’ll see your floating castle and raise you a magically protected castle at the bottom of the ocean when the magic goes away. ;)

  • From the sound of the book, it’ll be exactly the same as electricity going away. I’d be interested to know what social differences this level of magic has caused, and so what the differences are will all depend on that. Given the level of magic described, I’m not sure it’d be much different from the “power outage” scenario, as the magic in question isn’t much different.