ACTION ADVENTURE DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION YOUNG ADULT
19th Century,20th Century (multiple decades)
HIS DARK MATERIALS, SPY KIDS, THE DARKER PARTS OF THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
MYRA WEATHERBY: 14, LEAD, BRAVE, LOVELY, EMPATHETIC, STRONG MAGICAL POWERS
AIDAN: SMART, STRONG, WIZARD SPY, MYRA’S FRIEND
STEPHEN: STRONG, RESILIENT, HAS LOST HIS MAGIC, MYRA’S FRIEND
JULIUS: INTERESTING, QUIRKY, ORD (NON-MAGICAL), MYRA’S FRIEND
BEN: LONG SUFFERING, WIZARD SPY, CAN RESTORE PEOPLE BACK TO LIFE, MYRA’S FRIEND
JAMES JAMES: LOYAL, WIZARD SPY, TEACHER AND MENTOR TO MYRA
ADDAIR: MANIPULATIVE, ANGRY, VILLAIN, SCIENTIST
Before MI5 and MI6 . . . Britain had wizard spies. This is their story.
Target Gender: Universal
London, Chicago, + world at large as more agencies come into the story
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Year Published: 2020
Myra Wetherby has run away from home. What she cannot outrun, however, are her so-called fits, strange visions of people and places, things she has never been able to explain. It is the empathic connection to those around her, however, which threatens her very sanity.
Taking up with a group of disavowed government mage spies, Myra learns how to control her unique powers, her Empathy, and discovers that she is not nearly as lost and alone as she had feared. Together they take on a rogue enemy scientist and win back the trust of their home agency of MI.
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Mature Audience Themes
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Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Meaningful Message
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Main Character Details
Name: Myra Wetherby
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Heroic,Insecure,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Name: Aidan McIntyre
Key Traits: Badass,Masculine,Sexy,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Secretive,Skillful,Romantic,Empathetic,Faithful,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: James James
Key Traits: Badass,Modest,Complex,Decisive,Selfless,Outspoken,Heroic,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Benjamin Egrett
Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Sexy,Blunt,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable
The agents of M.I. would best be represented on screen in a TV series format, per its length, content, message, and diverse ensemble cast. The look and feel is more 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell', 'His Dark Materials' and even 'Good Omens' than something grittier, such as 'Umbrella Academy'. The series arc provides the long term emotional payoffs of the "found family" structure of character relationships while also providing a many-hued backdrop of different eras and locations from 1890s London to 1980s America. It's spy-craft meets sorcery -- two things of which audiences can never get enough.
ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, FANTASY, DRAMA
A misfit teen learns that the differences that alienate her from her family and friends is actually the possession of magical abilities. She unwittingly joins a group of mages who need her ability and together they are use their magic and work as magical spies.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
The profile accurately reflects the book.
Draw of Story
The main character is immediately drawn into suspenseful peril.
The stylistic writing makes it a slog to get through. If this were to be adapted for film or television, the "show, don't tell" adage will see to avoid the pacing issues.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The book has characters with magical powers working in the spy arena.
This has such broad appeal that it would have a large fans base. It is appropriate for young adults on up.
This is probably not an awards contender since it's more commercial and mainstream than usual films that sweep award shows.
Similar Films/TV Series
SPY KIDS, HARRY POTTER SERIES
What’s New About the Story
This is pretty unique in that it mixes spy intrigue with magic. It's original enough to stand on its own.
The lead character is strong, relatable and courageous.
Uniqueness of Story
This is actually a pretty awesome offering. It has everything to make it a successful franchise adaptation.
Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming
The book as everything to make it a good adaptation. It's fun, dramatic, suspenseful and highly marketable.
A misfit teen learns that the differences that alienate her from her family and friends is actually the possession of magical abilities. She unwittingly joins a group of mages who need her ability and together they are use their magic to work as wizard spies.
What We Liked
The mixing of spying with magic is a cool concept. The characters are powerful, well-developed and empathetic. The setting and locales are fun. The story will be appealing to broad audience and will be easy to market.
Film: The story is well suited for a feature adaptation. The characters are well developed as is the story. It takes the audience on a fantastical adventure that is broad in scope. Since this is the first in the series, there are more adventures to chronicle. It is perfect for a franchise.
TV: Combining the series of books for a television adaptation could be interesting. There are many storylines and characters to explore that could be spread out over several seasons.
Key points: Strong female lead; Broad appeal; Franchise potential; Wizardry; Strong premise
Myra Wetherby has spent her 14 years being poked and prodded by doctors because she has always been different than her family. She is haunted by “fits” that cause her to have visions that she does not understand. Hospitalized for madness, she runs away and lands herself in an orphanage. While in the orphanage, Myra has visions and feels feelings that are not her own. She awakes one night to a warehouse fire close to the orphanage. She is soon transported there in what she thinks is a dream. It is a frightening scene and she feels the feelings of all those around her. Aidan, who is slightly older than she, notices powers she radiates. He has his own powers as well. His friends Katy and Stephen perish in the fire, but he is able to whisk Myra away to safety. Aidan immediately explains to Myra that he is a wizard who works as a spy for the Magical Intelligence agency in England. He recognizes her as one of their own and immediately takes her under his wing. He takes her on a harrowing journey from American to England via a transatlantic turnkey system.
Upon arriving in London, Aidan takes Myra to the mansion that houses the wizard spies of Magical Intelligence. Once she is clean, rested and fed, Myra is brought into the fold. She learns that the team of wizards has recently been separated from their agency. They are now operating in a rogue state and are pitted against one of their own: Dr. Silas Addair. He is a mad scientist actively trying to siphon their powers and bring about their demise. In addition to being targeted by Addair, the advent of electricity is also affecting the mages’ magic. When exposed to electricity, they are subject to something called Violectric Dampening, which robs them of their powers. Myra is somehow immune to the Violectric Dampening and this makes her incredibly valuable to her new found friends. She is soon given a wand and begins to learn to harness her power, access the powers of the others and trains in all things Magical Intelligence. James James teaches her everything he knows. She also learns from Ben, who has the magical power to raise the dead, and Lauren, who can use kinetic energy to travel into the inter dimensional “ways”.
Katy and Stephen arrive back at the mansion, having miraculously survived the warehouse fire after all. Katy is happy to be reunited with Aidan and Stephen is happy to be reunited with James James. Stephen has been completely robbed of his powers after being poisoned by Addair. Julius, a non-magical, also known as an Ord, makes devices to be used by Magical Intelligence. He wants to help them defend themselves against Addair. He is soon captured by Addair’s henchmen and taken to the insane asylum. At first it seems that Julius has betrayed them. He turns out to be loyal to them in the end and is instrumental on their endeavors to fight Addair. Addair’s men break into the mansion, kidnap Lauren, who happens to be pregnant, and restrain the rest. Despairing at the loss of Lauren and his inability to save her, James James removes himself from mansion. Addair’s electromagnetic weapon renders the mages powerless so it becomes up to Myra to harness everyone’s power and save the day.
Myra and Aidan travel by broom to rescue Lauren while the others follow on the ground. When they arrive at the asylum, Myra can feel Lauren and use her power. She is there physically, but is mentally lost in the ways and it is unknown if she can be retrieved. An epic battle takes place that leaves Addair defeated and deceased, but James James also loses his life in the process. Grieving their dead, but grateful to be free of Addair, Myra and her new found family have redeemed themselves with Magical Intelligence. Many new adventures await them as wizard spies.