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Watchmirror by Mahasim

The penalty for practicing black magic is death.

In order to protect the people of Jaborre from the dangerous threat posed by the black arts, the government installs watchmirrors on every street corner. The penalty for practicing black magic is death. Amalia is the daughter of a Judge, and as such believes wholeheartedly that black magic is the most wicked of all evils. When she stumbles upon evidence . . .

A serialized novel, updating sporadically.
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Selkies’ Skins by Teresa Garcia

Selkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shapeshifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans.  Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers.  If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men.  . . .

A serialized novel, updating fortnightly.
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Addergoole by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Love, lust, ownership, exploration, and coming-of-age in a strange and novel world hidden beneath the known.

Addergoole is a contemporary fantasy story with erotic and dark-fantasy elements. Set in a world which is, on the surface, much like our own, Addergoole follows three students as they enter a strange, new school and discover just how much they don’t know about themselves, their parents, or their world. . . .

A complete novel.
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Lyncia by J.A. Waters

A story on gods, death, pain, and adventure.

Lyncia Eyresin is about to play host to a strange array of visitors, and some of them have frightening powers beyond her comprehension. Life is full of choices, and chances, and strung together Lyncia’s will lead to maddening oddities and a spiralling descent. But on the world of Nalan, the fall may never end. Yet she will try. . . .

A complete novel.
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Oysters, Pearls and Magic by Joyce Chng

A serialized novella about a girl’s journey of self-discovery, set in a future world of oysters, pearls and magic. Mirra is a magic user, but her gift is scorned by the menfolk in her village. Men are allowed to use magic; women are not. So, after a tumultuous event, Mirra decides to leave and heads for the City to continue . . .

A complete novel.
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Selkie Descendants Protect the Waters

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Feb 22, 2013: "Ahead, she finally saw the flickering and shifting where one reality met another, hoping it truthfully was the one she sought, knowing the strangeness of the sea."

This story and its main characters are poised between two concepts of magic: spells and potions as a technology taught in a Hogwarts-like wizarding school, and supernatural powers as the perilous gift of a capricious and demanding deity. In neither of these did I really sense the wild selkies of Scottish ballads and folk-tales, [more . . .]

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Selkies in the wizarding world

By Senna Black, member

Jul 19, 2012: This is an interesting one. I was attracted to it because of the title: my love of British Isles folklore in general, and Selkies in particular, makes for an instant click for me if I see those elements in a summary.

One thing that I was startled by is that this set a the universe that looks very like the Harry Potter series. At first there was only generic magic, wands, potions, etc, and references such as the Ministry of Magic, [more . . .]

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