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And now, for a moment of magic . . .
The magic in All My Crimes manifests as special Sights, and was inspired by my time as a Computer Sciences student. How do magic and science mingle? Read on to find out.
The Second Sight allows a warlock to create illusions and manipulate light. With this Sight, the warlock sees all light as music, and tweaking the music creates results that influence how people see things. This is no other than the ability to see electromagnetic waves in the form of music, where each wave has a frequency (or sound). "Tweaking the music," in fact, is tweaking the wavelength and amplitude of the electromagnetic waves that we see, thus creating illusions.
An interesting side note about this Sight: since there are more waves outside our seen spectrum than inside it, this Sight could probably do many unexplored and powerful things . . .
The Third Sight allows a warlock to look into the grains of matter and manipulate them. In other words, to see molecules and move them with the power of thought. Molecules can be shaken to the point of disintegration, or sped up to the point of burning, or, as Teregryn does in one scene in the story, separated to prevent a certain reaction. It's a rather straightforward concept, but a powerful one.
The Fourth Sight allows a warlock to "look inside the very grains of the world, where every iota of material is made of rhythmic motion, wave-like, up and down and round and round." This is String Theory, where every particle is made of an undulating string, and it's the frequency of this string that determines the type of the particle. Teregryn can reach with his mind and alter this frequency, or interrupt the undulation altogether, thus changing the very matter of things.
Necromancy, or the ability to converse with ghosts, is "a bridge that undulates through time and space, anchored at each end but bucking wildly in between." This concept was taken from the Lorentz Transformation, which allows us to converse between two different systems moving relative to one another. That's how I'd imagine our world and the next, if there is such a thing.
None of this science has made it into the story itself, and in truth, the warlocks in my world have no understanding of such physical concepts. But now you have a glimpse behind the scenes of what makes magic tick in this world.
Hope you enjoyed!
Betrayal cuts deep. Love cuts even deeper.
The war with the elves is over. But for Teregryn Eve, the human king’s former right-hand man, another nightmare is about to begin.
It’s taken Teregryn two years to recover his health and magic in the aftermath of the war. He’d rather retire from the world of men, but an assassination threat and a malevolent ghost force him on a quest to save the king who no longer wants him. The elves are dead to the last, so who’s the mysterious assassin? And why has his king—who was once so much more to him—forsaken him?
The answers may lie in Teregryn’s mind, but those memories are locked beyond his reach. As a web of lies and love unfolds around him, Teregryn must fight the past and present in a desperate bid for the future. Can he save everything he loves, or will the sum of his crimes drag him under first?
Read an excerpt or purchase All My Crimes here.
Tal's passion in life is building worlds, whether digital ones using programming languages, or literary ones using plain ol' English. When she's not buried neck-deep in code, you can find her editing manuscripts, designing fantasy worlds, or torturing characters in her own original works.