The Legacy of Magic

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chairperson

Luanne Smith, M.F.A.

Committee Member

Merry Perry, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Maureen McVeigh-Trainor, M.F.A.


For my thesis, I will be working on a classic fantasy novel with a modern twist. Titled The Legacy of Magic, this work is a young adult novel that focuses on the protagonists' search for identity in order to find a place in the world. At the same time, the characters try to stop the world from destroying them in the process. The story centers around a teenage girl from our world, who comes in contact with a relic from the ancient past of another world where magic once thrived. As a result, she is transported into a world of high fantasy and labeled a witch who will return chaos in a time of perilous peace.

The goal is to ground the bizarre and the complicated without becoming incomprehensible. That's why my novel uses two main protagonists to tell the story: a girl from modern-day Seattle, who is well read and relatively well adjusted, allowing our real-world imagery and thought process to color the fantasy world. The second protagonist, a boy, is a disgraced noble from the fantasy world. He is familiar with the current cultures, which allows the audience to move smoothly from situation to situation. Using both of these characters in tandem allows for greater control of the narrative symbolism and setting explanation than one character. Hopefully, in doing so, the world will capture the minds of the audience and draw them deeper into it.

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