Author: Alexia Purdy No one knows the secrets he keeps. No one knows of the worlds that exist right alongside ours. Benton is human, but he walks the line between two worlds: the mundane and the supernatural; the commonplace and the extraordinary. As a rare Fire Elemental Warlock, he finds himself in trouble more often than he cares to admit. It doesn’t help that his sister is a Faery Queen of the Summer Seelie Court. This is Benton’s story as he makes his way between the mortal world and a world where magic reigns. Do you dare follow? Do you dare see what lurks just beyond the edge of perception?
Title: History of Fire
Published On: Sept 15 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Lyrical Lit Publishing Purchase Links:
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No one knows the secrets he keeps.
No one knows of the worlds that exist right alongside ours.
Benton is human, but he walks the line between two worlds: the mundane and the supernatural; the commonplace and the extraordinary. As a rare Fire Elemental Warlock, he finds himself in trouble more often than he cares to admit. It doesn’t help that his sister is a Faery Queen of the Summer Seelie Court.
This is Benton’s story as he makes his way between the mortal world and a world where magic reigns. Do you dare follow? Do you dare see what lurks just beyond the edge of perception?
“This is yours.” She removed the same sword he’d been entranced with and held it out to him. It looked light enough for Jade to wield it without difficulty. Too light.
“Not just any sword,” Jade’s eyes twinkled as it slowly lit up when her fingers touched the blade. “It’s an Empyreal blade. Only fire elementals can wield it, and that is only temporary unless you were born to use it.” She held it out to him and encouraged him to take it. “Come on, it won’t burn you.”
“It looks a bit…thin.”
Jade laughed and her smile made him feel foolish for underestimating the power of this slender blade. “It does. But it’s made of the strongest metal ever forged by magic. It will never break, bend or fail you. It is tied to our family by blood. Anyone may use it, but we must return it to the Pyren before each full moon, unless it’s true owner uses it, then he may keep it on his person wherever he goes, until he dies.”
Benton furrowed his brow as he took the blade into his hands. It was light, but felt substantial enough he could swing it about and not feel like it would fly out of his fingers. The grip was cool under his skin and he could feel its energy rumbling through it as it turned into an extension of his own fire power. It was so unexpected to feel it fuse to his aura, he dropped it from the shock it sent him when it latched on and stared at his hands, expecting to see his skin melting off.
It was intact, and not any warmer than before.
Being Faery can be hard sometimes! Common issues:
1- Iron makes you want to die because it makes you severely sick. Stay away from it!
2- Sometimes you run into other magical beings who won’t fall for your faery charms and enchantments. Not cool.
3- If you get stuck in the human realm, the food tastes horrendous.
4- There’s always an evil dictator trying to take over the world in the Land of Faerie. Sigh.
Living in the Land of Faerie can be a most wondrous thing. It’s teaming with magic and the landscapes are gorgeous. Nothing beats nature in its most raw state. Being a faery can be a good or very bad thing.
First, you have magic. Most faeries have some sort of magical skill or two. It depends on just how useful your gifts are. You can have the garden variety kind that helps in everyday tasks for cleaning, chores and such, and you can also have the more than useful kind which equal to a type of weaponry. Maybe you control the elements. Maybe the weather is more your cup of tea. Regardless, being Fey can have its advantages and pitfalls.
In writing History of Fire, I tried to bring out more of the human element of the Faerie world, which can sometimes be difficult considering there’s so much magic floating between the Faerie world and the Human world. Most of the characters are Faeries, and a lot of them are malicious. Dark magic and light magic are a constant struggle and often impact the human world in many ways. Benton’s character has the daunting task of trying to hunt down and contain or exterminate many Unseelie faeries who’ve escaped the boundaries of faerie to cause mischief in the mortal world. Most of these are criminal types and hooligans who thrive on causing trouble and making the human world unsafe.
There’s also the opposite kind of characters in History of Fire. Faeries who want nothing but the best interest of Humans and Fey alike. These characters are always under pressure, like Shade, Benton’s sister, to keep everything running smoothly. But as faeries go, mischief is the only way to go.
I hope you enjoy the world I’ve created in the Land of Faerie and the mortal world. It’s an adventure that spans miles across both worlds and will surely be unforgettable.