"What is it like to wake up from the idea of yourself?" That is a question discovered by characters in the fantasy fiction novel La Maga A Story about Sorcerers and Magi. I got the idea that I should illustrate the novel. I like to say that is it sort of like Harry Potter for grown-ups but is especially for grownups who like classic children's literature and also have an authentic interest in magic and mysticism.
The main character is a magical woman named Sofia La Maga. After many years in political exile Sofia returns to her homeland and becomes a professor at her alma mater The H. Trismegistus mystical arts academy.
Even though the governor of her homeland doesn’t much like her, Sofia befriends and mentors his juvenile delinquent son, Leonard de Lux, Junior. The only thing Leonard is good at—or think he’s good at—is playing the Phaeton Maneuver—a very dangerous, outlawed game that magical teenage boys secretly play in the where all these magical people live.
When Leonard’s father finds out that Sofia has not only gotten Leonard on the straight and narrow but has given him the experience of enlightenment, he is not sure whether he should be happy about it. After all, Sofia is an anti-establishment political dissident and a person from a much lower caste of society than he is. But he is impressed with her, and like young Leonard, he falls in love with her. Like Leonard, he undergoes a profound spiritual transformation that will, in turn, profoundly shapes destiny.
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