Magical Intelligence

M. K. Wiseman

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION YOUNG ADULT

    Core Theme

    SOLIDARITY, BELONGING

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century,20th Century (multiple decades)

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    HIS DARK MATERIALS, SPY KIDS, THE DARKER PARTS OF THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

    CHARACTER LIST

    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

    Logline

    Before MI5 and MI6 . . . Britain had wizard spies. This is their story.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    London, Chicago, + world at large as more agencies come into the story

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: self-published

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    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.

    Ending Description

    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.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781952458019

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Myra Wetherby

    Age: 14

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Heroic,Insecure,Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Aidan McIntyre

    Age: 18

    Gender: Other

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Badass,Masculine,Sexy,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Secretive,Skillful,Romantic,Empathetic,Faithful,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: James James

    Age: 33

    Gender: Lgbt

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Badass,Modest,Complex,Decisive,Selfless,Outspoken,Heroic,Secretive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Benjamin Egrett

    Age: 17

    Gender: Other

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Sexy,Blunt,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable

    Development Pitch

    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.

    Genre

    ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, FANTASY, DRAMA

    Brief

    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.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The profile accurately reflects the book.

    Draw of Story

    The main character is immediately drawn into suspenseful peril.

    Possible Drawbacks

    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.

    Fanbase Potential

    This has such broad appeal that it would have a large fans base. It is appropriate for young adults on up.

    Awards Potential

    This is probably not an awards contender since it's more commercial and mainstream than usual films that sweep award shows.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    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.

    Lead Characters

    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.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    The book as everything to make it a good adaptation. It's fun, dramatic, suspenseful and highly marketable.

    Brief

    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

    Synopsis

    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.

    About The Author

    M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.