Title: Liminal Lights Author: J.M. Bogart Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
What if faerie magic is real?
Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.
Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.
The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.
This is the first book of a trilogy.
“Do you know that teenagers are habitually nocturnal creatures?” Pritts announces without preamble. Tissa and I shake our heads in unison. How would we know something like that?
“At about the time their magic starts to take shape, something in their physiological makeup shifts. Their bodies and minds are naturally more wakeful during the evening and night.”
I shrug my shoulders, unconcerned. When I had left Nadia, she had been tucked up in her bed, complete with fuzzy pink pyjamas. To be certain her magic would remain safe from the outside world until morning I had been extra diligent in layering security along her doorframe and outside window. Tissa had done the same for Jake. I know because I had checked the seals to be certain.
“Even if you think they are safely tucked away, sealed up tight so nothing can get in – that doesn’t mean they can’t get out.”
This catches our attention. I hadn’t considered that possibility. Nadia is a creature of habit, well behaved and obedient. Her parents rarely need to interfere because she follows the rules so carefully. I don’t know enough about Jake to make any assumptions, but, to be honest, that was now Tissa’s department. I look at her, silently questioning if she had thought of this.
Tissa shakes her head and flits toward the door, her studies abandoned.
“How do you know?” I ask Pritt as I pull the door shut behind me. The night air greets us with the fresh scents of newly sprouting leaves. Obviously our duties have taken on an entirely different level of surveillance.
“Are you seriously asking me that question?” He sighs, looking rather annoyed. “My job is to watch those whose magic has already been harvested but still retain small unharnessed glimmers. They tend to be teenagers. By the time these humans reach adulthood, they have forgotten their magic and lost their connection to it. Human teens are the most unstable, unpredictable group out there. This is when their minds are the most fertile and their psyches are undergoing the greatest amount of change. These pseudo-adults are balanced precariously between childhood and adulthood. They’re as liminal as we are.”
His words make us increase our pace. My heart rushes at the thought of losing my charge for the second time in the same day. During the day, we keep watch over developing magic, at night we seal their magic within their homes, so uninvited guests can’t take advantage of it. After all, we aren’t the only creatures in need of magic and power to maintain our existence in this world. If the children are left unattended outside of the protected area, I shudder to think of what could become of them.
J.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.
Ms. Bogart spends her days writing, editing, and caring for her very busy family. She used to dream of the day when Mary Poppins would swoop in to help with the children, but now that they are older she wishes those chaotic days filled with giggles and sunshine hadn’t disappeared quite so fast. You can follow J.M. Bogart on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and her blog.
Other Books (Women’s Fiction):
Money, Masks & Madness (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Money-Masks-Madness-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B00CCH5IIS
Reflections (2012): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B009JUQ30S
Remember Newvember (2011): http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Newvember-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B0052UAG70