Vallen

Meredith Bond

Do you see magic all around you? I do. There are some things that, to me, just can’t be explained to my satisfaction. Science. Music. Medicine. Charisma. How does a scientist come up with the connections she finds? How does she even know to look, let alone where to look? How can a musician — trained or untrained — create something so beautiful it takes you away on a wind of sound and pleasure? Or conversely, create such noise you wonder how anyone could call that music — and yet, thousands do?

Do you ever stop to wonder how these people do these miraculous things? What about artists? Doctors? Mechanics, yes, mechanics! Anyone who can figure out how to take apart an engine and put it back together again and have it not only work, but work better is, to me, awe inspiring. How do they do that?

It’s got to be magic.

There’s no other explanation that I can find. And so, I have expanded on this theory to create a world where the people who can do these amazing things — things which set them apart from the bulk of society — are magical people called Vallen (a Latin word for powerful). Their magical abilities are inherited, with some Vallen having more power, more ability, than others, but each succeeding generation loses some of their power.

The Vallen are dedicated to using their power for the good of ordinary people and ordinary society. Those who use their power to harm others or for their own advancement (to the detriment of others) risk having their power taken away by the high priestess, who is the only one who has that ability.

The first high priestess was Morgan Le Fey, of Arthurian legend, and all high priestesses are her direct descendents, with the seventh child of the family being the one to inherit the position and have it pass down through her line.

Every seventh generation a special child is born who will become the Seventh. When she becomes the high priestess, she is imbued with special powers to rejuvenate the powers of all the other Vallen whose powers have gotten weaker through the passage of generations or intermarriage with Ordinaries (non-Vallen). When the Seventh comes to power, her cousin, the sixth child of the sixth child then takes over the ordinary duties of the high priestess — fixing magical mistakes and removing the powers of those who abuse them.

Throughout history the Vallen have worked hard to make the lives of ordinary folk easier, better, and more enjoyable. The world begins with The Children of Avalon Trilogy:

Air: Merlin’s Chalice
Water: Excalibur’s Return
Fire: Nimue’s Destiny

The series continues in the Regency era with The Storm Series

Storm on the Horizon
Bridging the Storm
Magic in the Storm

And even into the modern day world with

Falling

Merry
 

Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Meredith’s second favorite pastime is teaching others to write.

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