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Spirit Magic: The Riftkey Chronicles Book 2

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The timeless conflict between humans, the natural world, and idealistic states- a warp-speed immersion in mythology with present-day themes

The book poses an interesting symbolic representation of the hierarchical structure and order of species and their relationships both as competitive forces, and the connection to the natural world, one whose elements are thought to have a spirit.


It's difficult to follow as a narrative due to the sheer number of characters, references, and the sentence-level transition; Better read for what each represents in snippets. Perhaps, a literary device moving through battle scenes such as slayings with references to means of catharsis such as the use of crystals, etc that is typically a linear progression. It's an immersive experience, and while at times, confusing, the intent is generally understood.


The polarized groups - one built on an Academy-style training for battle and Knights and Squires of the Kingdom versus through the gateway of Tau, a transformation in becoming an Elemental explore the timeless conflict between war and a state that is symbiotic and harmonious. The Humans, Humanoids, Mythological-like creatures, recognizable animals, and elements that have spirit qualities examine the different forms of beings and their interactions.

The starker realities of competitiveness, danger, and adversity of wars are compared to the idealism of the transformation to an Elemental in Tau. 

However, the boredom and experience described more like enslavement is questionable. The perception that it is more idealistic than the actual dread of anticipation or the reality of the experience.


The notion that human souls are a source of energy in the world - both positive and negative in which dark energy sources are destructive is also questioned and less convincing by the acknowledgment that as in most societies, there is a greater tolerance where results are produced. The inference is that the ends justify the means.


The warrior remarks on against the killing of innocents, but overall it's unclear what they're fighting for and who is fighting who at many points -only that there are constant threats and competitiveness between the different uses of 'magic'. Deep into a battle scene, it's still unclear, and one character remarks that 'you know the Dryads and Tau are friends'. It doesn't seem the Warrior knew this. 


The contemplation over the damage done to nature and its sacred value is a pervasive theme that lends merit to an otherwise chaotic world. As characters try to understand the other's world, freedom is understood by one as 'the strongest create the rules, but change, inconsistency, unpredictability, and chaos' prevail and leads to a lack of civilized society. It's how most of the book reads - an attempt at creating it between these worlds is mostly misunderstood or challenged. They are trying to convey the human goal is to protect and that they should not be hunted.


This blending of mythological, human, and natural and trying to teach peace between races seems like something out of ancient texts, but its messages are still salient in a world filled with growing proxies.

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I'm a published fantasy author and have been writing for over 20 years now. I've poured more than 10 years of work into my current series, The Riftkey Chronicles, and enjoy coaching fellow fantasy authors on the side. I bring you stories with characters, dialogue, and twists that feel real. view profile

Published on December 12, 2020

80000 words

Genre: Fantasy

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