Sunday, July 10, 2016

La Maga - Harry Potter for Grownups Fantasy Fiction Magic Romance Politics and Transcendence

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“Harry Potter” for grown-ups. When a lady mage returns to her hometown in her magical world from long years of exile in the Himalayas and thereabouts, her epiphany radically transforms the lives of an imposing, elitist, and bacchanalian dignitary and his troubled teenaged son.  The binding quality of love and conspiratorial influences propel the dignitary and his son to avatar-like roles in the up-ending of the political power structure of the land.

Sofia La Maga character study
The story opens with the return from political exile of the lady mage Sofia La Maga. She has spent about a dozen years traveling and studying in the mystical East and so the story is peppered with imagery and insights associated with Eastern mysticism. Upon her return from exile, Sofia takes a teaching position at her alma mater, the H. Trismegistus Mystical Arts Academy. Although the consul of the sovereignty, an imposing, elitist, and somewhat bacchanalian sorcerer named Leo de Lux, is adverse to Sofia’s return, Sofia takes a liking to the sorcerer’s troubled teenaged son, Leonard junior.
Leonard de Lux character study
In an opening scene, reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, Leonard Jr. and Sofia La Maga have their initial exchange during a first day of class during which the youth tries to perpetrate a prank on the new teacher. In time, Sofia and Leonard junior enter into a sympathetic relationship through which the youth undergoes a profound transformation and secretly becomes an apprentice to the lady mage. Meanwhile, sexual tension is building between Sofia and her seeming polar opposite, the consul of the sovereignty Leo de Lux.
Leo de Lux instigates a threatening confrontation with Sofia when his suspicions that his son has apprenticed with her come to light. The confrontation, h owever, leads to an unlikely love affair.
Lord Consul Leo de Lux Sortiar character study
Public displays of magical prowess again put the lady mage in a bad light with a certain notorious power-broker, the sorcerer Hipparchus Gorgon, who holds great influence in a corrupt and corporatist political structure in which Leo de Lux is integrally embroiled. Meanwhile, de Lux’s estranged and disinherited elder brother Emmanuel, a provocateur in an underground populist movement called the Lions of Light, reemerges to coax his younger sibling to assume what he believes is a portended, avatar-like role in a political coup. The conspiratorial influences of Sofia La Maga and Emmanuel de Lux put Leo de Lux at a self-defining cross-road.

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