Henry Lion Oldie


"ShMagic" (novel)
Adventure ironic fantasy
About 112.500 words

"Shmagic" is a whimsical fantasy novel that follows the brooding hero Andrea Musculus, a wizard-malefic from Rettia Kingdom, who is pushed to investigate the disappearance of some children from the small town of Yatritsa. Andrea questions the brash locals, flirty witches, and resolute demon hunters who inhabit the town and surrounding forest, and he comes across local people with a weak power called “shmagic.” When a missing child returns all alone and talks of a strange place where a little girl was playing, Andrea’s investigation extends into another world, where supernatural powers threaten Yatritsa locals and Rettia alike. But just as the mystery of the missing children deepens, Andrea becomes obsessed with the “shmagic” of the local people, uncertain what it might mean for wizards like him. Before he can focus on battling the forces that are responsible for the missing children, he must overcome an internal struggle — a wizard’s existential dilemma.

Black-white inside illustrations included.

Translators from Russian into English: Anna Kimaeva & Ekaterina Kimaeva
Cover Design: Oleg Korzh
Inside Illustrations: Andrey Pechenezhsky
Book-trailer design: Bronya Gromova
Proofreaders: Eric Mills, Calin Sindile, Jessica Olson, Sarah Lovinggood, Majda Jakupovic
Editor: Brett Mullenbrock