Category and Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count: 54,000Query:
Kate Stillwell has her summer organized into a tidy list of bullet points and subheaders—until she’s abducted by Idina, her best friend. Idina takes Kate to the headquarters of the Celestian Guard, an organization of magicians from another world. Here Kate is told the truth about her abduction: it was, in reality, a rescue from a splinter group of magicians called the Berserkers. Centuries ago, the Berserkers attempted to overthrow the Celestian government in a battle that culminated in the Berserkers’ retreat to Earth and their severing of the interdimensional pathway to Celestus.
Now the Berserkers are intent on finding a lost sword that could be used to free their leader from his prison in the center of the earth. Only this time, Celestus may not be the only world they wish to overtake. Determined to protect both Earth and creativity, Kate volunteers to join Idina and a secretive boy named Justin on a hunt to find and destroy the sword.
First 250 Words:
It just doesn’t stand to reason why my very normal life would have to be interrupted by weirdness on the last day of school. Of course, reason isn’t pervading my thoughts at the moment. Only alarm.
“Stop with this nonsense.” I admonish myself. “You can figure this out.”
The cause of my distress is a ball that up until a few moments ago, I was using to practice a magic disappearing trick.
Until the ball actually vanished.
Footsteps crunch on the sidewalk. “Have a good summer, Kate.” A guy—a senior, like me—heads toward his car.
I stop checking myself for the ball long enough to nod politely to him. “Thanks. And if you need any help with summer homework, just let me know.”
“Will do.” He jogs across the street, right in front of a bus. I shake my head.
A silver pick-up tags along behind the bus.
Wait. Idina? What is she doing here? A cold, heavy weight descends on me, chilling the perfect New Jersey day. Does she have news from the trial?
The truck’s passenger window rolls down and a cheery voice sings out, “Hop in, Kate!”
Something must have happened at court for Idina to pick me up. After all, I haven’t seen her in over a month. She must want to break the news to me before I get home, so we don’t upset Mom.
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