Magic. A Rough Guide – Not your usual Urban Fantasy
‘Magic. A Rough Guide.’ isn’t your usual, ‘run of the mill’ young adult with supernatural powers. urban fantasy story. It takes the reader into a world that looks familiar but messes with a lot of conventions most urban fantasies stick to – religion being one of them. On the surface, the story sounds fairly standard – two young adult magicians wrongly accused of murder and terrorism caught up in something a lot bigger and more dangerous than anyone is aware of.
But here’s the rub; In ‘Magic. A Rough Guide‘, all magicians follow the teachings of a particular faith – with one significant difference, they adhere only to the words spoken by the Primary Religious Leader. So, for example, Jesus, Buddha, Bhagawan Nityananda, Krishna, Mohammed, Ad Da. Magicians totally disregard all the other institutional stuff that’s been built up around religions over the past couple of thousand years. That includes books on commentaries, interpretations, any and all other literature and all the other stuff cashing in or trying to nail down or exploit the core words and teachings.
Because of magic, reality is no longer a given; it can be transformed, matter can be created out of nothing, things can happen with no causality. All this has made life really difficult for people who like to think reality can’t change. Ordinary people are freaked out now they rely even more heavily on brands and conventional religion to ‘keep things real.
Back in the day all you needed was to wear the right clothes, do what every one else you associated with was doing and you fitted into the same reality as everyone else; life made sense – everything was just as it should be.
Then magic came along and turned reality on its head. Brands and logos meant nothing when there were people who could really change reality rather than just give stuff a different meaning. Magicians are not fooled by material stuff, do not worship false idols.
So it’s not just what magicians can do that makes them a threat – the real danger is their exposure of the emptiness of plain old stuff everyone else spends time and money on. The last thing government, coprorations and the church want is for people to see through the crap they’re being sold.
That is why Magicians are persecuted by the state as Christians were in the past.
‘Magic. A Rough Guide’ may, on the surface be an urban fantasy adventure, but there’s a lot more in there to get people thinking.