Sorcery in Boston

by rubycona

Original Drama Fantasy Historical Psychological Female Lead Magic

The timid daughter of some of the greatest spellcasters ever to have lived has found herself in another world, courtesy of magic gone awry. In Boston, Massachusetts, in the year 1935, she finds some kind souls in a hard era. In the heart of the Great Depression, as war looms around the corner, she seeks to find her place, and must come to terms with both who she is and what she truly desires.

 

Author's Notes:

Release Schedule: My deadline for release is 1 week after any regular chapter. If I release early, then my deadline is moved up accordingly. As a result, readers will never have to wait more than one week for new story content. Bonus chapters don't count against my deadline, so they never slow down plot progression.

Audience: This story is not for young children - it contains some profanity, sexual content, violence, gore, and significant adult themes. Most of these are handled delicately enough not to upset teens or adults (hopefully), hence the lack of relevant tags, but it is nonetheless unsuitable for youth. It's fairly slow paced, and focused on the development of very human, very flawed individuals.

Length / Completion Estimates: The outline currently involves two books. Book one, current outline has it ending with chapter 29. I've often found myself not able to squeeze all the content I meant to into a single chapter, so it keeps getting longer. My estimates, based on that, would probably be in the low to mid 30's. Book 2 doesn't have a chapter by chapter outline yet. With 35 chapters, and no more than one chapter per week, that would put the story's completion in November. Realistically, since I usually release faster than that, it'll probably be done sooner.

Theme: This is a story about the theme of power - what it means to be powerful, different forms of power, and ultimately the meaning of the power to choose. The protagonist is initially timid and oblivious in a number of ways, but eventually must face herself. The fact that the story focuses so heavily on the process of personal growth is why I labeled it "drama" and "psychological."

Draft 1: Please be aware that this is first draft material. I do intend to come back to do a second draft after the story is complete. If anyone notices any issues whatsoever with the story, please let me know (pm, etc) so that I can improve the second draft.

Writer's Pledge: I've taken the Writer's Pledge, meaning I'm commiting to completing this story. I'm a proud member of WriTE, a group dedicated to finishing stories. It will be done!

 

Behind the Scenes notes:

This picture was commissioned from an inked artist by the name of DanP.

Up until the time of the protagonist's arrival, history has proceeded as before. Some places and characters have been borrowed from wikipedia entries of interesting figures from the time. I will make note in the chapter comments when such things come up. Naturally, I've taken a great deal of liberty with them.

In interest of respecting individuals, I've either attempted to portray them as accurately as possible, or modified them sufficiently enough that they're simply an inspiration, instead of a real portrayal. I've attempted to be as accurate to the era as possible, but I'm not a historian. If you're aware of inaccuracies, please, bring them to my attention so that I can correct them.

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TheLeakingPen
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Power has a price. Someone has to pickup the tab.

In a twist on the normal out of this world plot, Aeras, a young mage of promise and power, is accidently flung into our world, into post Prohibition Boston, to be specific.  In a land of dirt and peasants, she is determined to make a place for herself, while doing what it takes to get home. She quickly attracts a group of followers, delighted by the magic she weilds, and worried about the naivety in which she weilds it, and willing to help her.  She could easily use her power to rule the land, using her newfound minions to make her way. If only she wasn't so NICE!

Sorcery in Boston is a well written story, tight prose that works to serve the character and the story with every line.  The characters have individual voice, and you can easily tell who is speaking without dialouge tags.  The out of this world storyline is personally a favorite of mine, but it is being well used in its inversion, and the narrator has noticed, but then ignored, many small clues and foreshadowing that serves us, the reader, quite well in anticipating the story. 

It is a joy to read, and I look forward to more. 

Afforess
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I'm not usually a fan of first-person stories, because I find authors use them as a crutch to hide amatuer writing. This is the not the case here, the first chapter is a solid introduction to the story. It's hard to judge the characters and plot based on the first chapter alone, but so far so good.

I'll update this review as the story advances.

Aya Revour
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Spoiler: Spoiler

 Spoiler is old review. 

 Sorcery in boston is better and better as it goes along, with characters making distinct impressions. Looking forward to more character development as the main character goes against more and more crap. Hopefully, hitler doesn't steal MURICA's nuclear weapons to crush her.

 

 

mysticfaux
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What is this story about? well, read the summary. [Minor Spoilers Ahead]

I love the original setting, a magic world mage going into the cusp of the great depression. It's something I would have never thought of, and I'm sure that when this story gets the recognition it deserves, It'll become a flagship for more ideas.

Pros [as of chapter 18]

The characters feel alive as if you were reading their thoughts and their actions that they take make sense. The problems that the cast face are complex and at the very heart also, emotional. 

I have not noticed a problem with style or grammar, as I had read through it with ease, as I'm not going to re-read for those, you'll have to take my rating on these departments with some salt.

 

Cons (Kind of)

It may feel frustrating when a character feels incomprehensible or naive, But I say it adds to the author breathing life into his characters, There were many a time when I thought "What the hell is she doing" "What the hell is she thinking" and "Why doesn't she try to learn a bit of the common sense of the people around her and try to learn more about them

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 But when I think about, She's only human. (Insert Song)

 

Dragrath
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A story full of depth and characterization

This work as of chapter 25 is one of the most outstanding works I have seen on this site with the sheer investment the author has shown for her worldbuilding given a highly developed and advanced magic system human characters each with distinct personalities ideals and character development.

The Historic setting has been well reaserched and kept up to the period showing deep cultural biases between Aera and those around her as she comes to grip with her situation, what she wants and her ideas on how to achive it. This combined with her dependence on her magic, heavy noblesse oblige bias towards the powerful, and lack of understanding of technology all come togetehr to really paint her as a flawed but relatable character.

This series doesn't shy away from issues such as morality culturally engrained biases among other things.

If you are looking for an engrossing read full of complexity I recomend this series but if you want a quick power fantasy then look elsewhere. 

This review probably doesn't do this series the full justice but it is the best I can come up with. Overall superiro to many of the top rated fictions here given RRL's score inflation so I am left with no choice but to 5 star everything.