On the planet Amedia, the sentience that is the World grants Magic to whomever it chooses: normally, someone born of Wizard lineage. In fact, Wizards have declared it near blasphemy for anyone born Plain to use Magic.
Astra Fairweather was born Plain — but Amedia gives her Magic, anyway.
With the help of Wizards André Skyecatcher andHucklebee Stonecraft, Astra trains to compete in the Summer Apprentice competition. Despite the antagonism of her peers, Astra manages to win the friendship of one fellow competitor and the competition ... just in time for the World to end.
Blight, a Wizard banished from Wizard society long before, returns with a plan to kill all Magic by killing all Wizards. He slays hundreds — including Grand Wizard Forturian Stormcloud — but then he faces Astra. Her power and the uncanny skill with which she wields it drives Blight from the scene, leaving Astra, her teachers, and the other apprentices, to pick up the pieces.
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About the Author
B. T. Jaybush is the pen name of Brian and Timothy Jaybush, a father and son team specializing in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal worlds.
• Winners: 2008 Zirdland.com Novel Writing Contest (“Relics”)
• Finalists: 2010 Santa Fe Screenplay Contest (“Outpost Station,” the screenplay version of “Sydney Chambers: Captain”)
Brian Jaybush cut his teeth reading science fiction, starting with Asimov's I, Robot at age 10 and progressing insatiably from there. He has been writing all his life, starting as a journalist in junior high school and continuing with legal and technical writing later in life (BA History, 1975; Juris Doctor, 1978). Retirement from 30 years in the telecommunications industry has allowed him to concentrate on fiction writing full time, in partnership with his son, Timothy.
Timothy Jaybush also began reading and writing science fiction at an early age, leading to an uncanny ability to construct unusual and entertaining story lines. In addition to working full-time, Tim graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Philosophy.