"Magic should only be used when there is no other means of achieving your goal. To use it for frivolous things is to abuse it." -Wizard of Ends, Book I
As some of you may recall, I have hosted guest posts by indie author Vanessa Finaughty before. I'm pleased to work with her again to help introduce her new fantasy series, Wizard of Ends. The first two books are releasing this month, and Vanessa has a lot of awesome stuff planned, some of which she's been good enough to share with me-- check out the author's blog today for a cover reveal, and later this month, I'll be posting a book trailer.
Today, we're doing an interview with Wizard of Ends character Lashlor Leaflin. If you have any questions/comments for Lashlor or Vanessa, don't be shy about leaving 'em below!
And now, Lashlor:
Morning Lauren. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on the abuse of magical power. It’s not often that someone is interested in my take on the subject – usually, they roll their eyes and accuse me of being a fake wizard. Sadly, most magic users crave more power, but are not interested in gaining the wisdom that must come first, for, without wisdom, power is dangerous.
I put up with the taunts rather than showing people they’re wrong because I believe that one should never use magic just because one can. If there is another way of achieving your goal, use it. Magic should only be used when there is no other way and if the goal is worth achieving. For example, while it is impossible for humans to fly, what point would there be to spelling yourself some ethereal wings? Unless you’re in the process of falling to your death, of course.
I’m not going to go into detail about the dreadful experiences that brought me to my conclusions. However, I will share the consequences of the abuse of power. The first thing I learnt is that, when one uses one’s magical powers too frequently for trivial things like sweeping one’s floor, the power is depleted much faster. This means that you might not have enough left to save your life or that of someone else should the need arise. Too many magic users think there is an infinite supply of magical energy at their disposal. There really isn’t. There’s infinite energy, of course, but most of it is inaccessible to humans.
If you’re young and have only just come into your power, you should never try to do too much too fast. It’s like trying to put a whole pig into your mouth at once – if you’re amazing enough to get it right, it will probably kill you. Do not become obsessed with your power either. It could lead to egotism, which has ended the life of many a magic user. Do not let magic dominate your life – remember, it is only a part of who you are, not the whole.
If aggressive magical power is used too often, it will eventually boomerang back to attack the wielder instead of whomever it was aimed at. If a magic user uses power to drain others, the user, too, will be drained unless his or her life force is extraordinarily strong. Of course, this doesn’t mean that magic users can’t use our power to kill, maim or curse – and often. If the wielder doesn’t go on a killing spree and is wise enough to leave at least a few weeks between using magic aggressively, it’s quite possible to be a ‘dark’ magic user and still live to a ripe old age. Also, very powerful magic users can use dark magic more often than others, but be warned… at some point, if you abuse your power, it will scorch your soul, and the you that once was will be no more.
Just know this: if you abuse your magical power, even if it is for good and not evil, the goddess will not grant you access to a pleasant afterlife. She may, however, speed you on your way.
Lashlor Leaflin is the central character in the fantasy adventure series, Wizard of Ends. For a living, Lashlor uses herbs and other plants to make ointments and other medicines, and has yet to come across a natural ailment his concoctions cannot cure. He is currently out of work while he settles into his new home in Ends.
As a wizard, there isn’t much Lashlor can’t manipulate with the power of his mind. Those who have seen him use magic, however, are few and far between, for he believes that to use it for frivolous things would be to earn the ire of the goddess.
Lashlor is a master archer – probably because he loves to practice his skills – and, in his free time, he enjoys mountain climbing, swimming and long walks in nature.
To learn more about Lashlor’s story in Wizard of Ends, follow the author’s blog and be notified of the books’ publication dates in October.
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Wizard of Ends, Book 1: 9 October 2014
Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature: 23 October 2014
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Vanessa Finaughty is an author of many genres who now focuses on fantasy and science fiction. She’s published 15 books, of which 6 are fantasy. Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children.’
Vanessa has always been passionate about books, and knew from a young age that she wanted to write them one day. She loves animals, coffee and the smell of wet grass, and hates liars, sweltering weather and long queues. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, mythology, aliens and outer space, ancient history, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.