Fantasy thriller author J. E. Hopkins has just published a new thriller called 'The Saffron Falcon' which can be purchased on Amazon. The publicity material calls this an exploration of adolescent transition into adulthood using fantasy and what the author calls 'Transition magic'.
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In The Saffron Falcon published by Unseen Worlds Publishing, 2013 is touted as a dark fantasy-thriller, which takes place in our world in the near future. Children can use Transition magic for one month as they approach puberty, but they must use certain ritual words and the magic must be unique. If it doesn't meet these requirements, the child doesn't make it to adulthood. Few children attempt to use their power because the danger is too great, and most who do use it, die.
Hopkins says that life in the book can be tough. Favorite characters can and do die. Children can and do die. Magic wouldn't be very interesting if kids could use it with impunity. Some manage to find a way, but that's the rare exception.
The Saffron Falcon features two parallel stories: in one, United States security agents try to recover an ancient codex that would eliminate Transition magic's uniqueness requirement. If they fail, dark magic will be unleashed on the world. At the same time, the book tells individual stories of children throughout time who have used Transition magic to save themselves or someone they love.
- "This is the story of flawed adults either trying to protect the world from magic or trying to use magic to dominate it, while children struggle with the knowledge that Transition will probably kill them. Unfortunately, some young characters face circumstances that make them feel as if they have no choice but to use their power, no matter the risk."
J. E. Hopkins is the author of fantasy thrillers including The Scarlet Crane (March 2012) and The Saffron Falcon (October 2013). A life-long reader, Hopkins says his writing influences include J. R. R. Tolkien, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Isaac Asimov, John Connolly, and Greg Bear, among others. The Saffron Falcon (Unseen Worlds Publishing, 2013) is available at www.amazon.com. For more information, visit www.jhopkinsbooks.com .
Posted by R.P. BenDedek