Author: Saruuh Kelsey
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Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.
But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.
But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.
Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.
Legendary magic (or Majick, as it is spelt in The Beast of Callaire) is inherited from the Gods and Goddesses of mythology. Each person with substantial Majick, be them completely mythological or part human, is a relative of a powerful God or Goddess. But not everyone descended from a God or Goddess inherits their power.
“Some people’s latent Majick doesn’t develop. And some Crea are never affected by the moon. We don’t know why. It’s just a glitch in the Legendary system.”Think of it like magic in Harry Potter - you have your Pure-Bloods (in The Beast of Callaire, they would be those with purely Legendary ancestors), your Half-Bloods (those with any human ancestors), and your squibs (those whose Majick never develops.)
There are many kinds of Majick, and no strict rule for how it manifests in every person, but some people who are more in tune with certain elements develop elemental Majick. Yasmin, the main character of the book, has Psychic Majick (inherited from her mother, a Goddess), and because she’s in tune with the woods in her town, she has Earth Majick, meaning she can both speak to someone’s mind and connect with - and manipulate - the element Earth.
Other kinds of Majick include Fire, Gateway (which allows someone to transport themselves from one place to another), Lumination (Light), Warding Majick (for protection), and Divine.
“I have Divine Majick, which means I can Divine answers and see along people’s pathways, their futures.”But there are infinite kinds of Majick, and Legendary power is manifesting in new and strange ways with every generation born.
Saruuh Kelsey is the author of the Lux Guardians series. Her debut and the first in series, THE FORGOTTEN, a YA science fiction set in Victorian London and London 25 years in the future, is out now for free. Book two, THE REVELATION, releases October 7th. THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, with a same sex paranormal romance, is out May 20th.