Mark Teppo, Author of Lightbreaker and Heartland, on "The Nature of Magick"

Mark Teppo is an interesting new author whose first two novels in the Codex of Souls, Lightbreaker and Heartland, fall loosely into the category known today as "urban fantasy". It's a type of fiction that came out of supernatural romance but is slowly developing its own identity. Teppo's main character, Markham, starts out searching for Katarina, the girl who, a decade ago, tore his soul from his body. But, as the cover copy reads, "what he discovers upon arriving is dark magick--of a most ancient and destructive kind! An encounter with a desperate spirit, leaping destructively from host to host, sets Markham on the trail of secretive cabal of magicians seeking to punch a hole through heaven, extinguishing forever the divine spark." It's an impressive and unique start, with Heartland continuing in the same dark vein. Many novels that deal with magic do so in a Disneyfied or illogical way. But as this Amazon exclusive short essay by the author proves, Teppo's more than just a novice on the subject. (Wednesday we'll run his piece on monsters.)

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