Saturday, February 1, 2014

Immagica by K.A. Last: Book Blitz & Excerpt



The Magic of Immagica Explained


When we think about magic, we often visualise witches and wizards with wands, casting spells and striking people down with lightening. But the magic within Immagica is very different, and works in a non-traditional, magical way.


The concept of Immagica is based on the power of imagination. Within our imagination, anything is possible. We can create whatever we want, and see it however we like, all inside our own mind. No wand or spell necessary.


The land of Immagica is very organic. It can be shaped and tailored for whoever is there at any given time. There are, of course, certain things that remain the same, but everything else is open to interpretation, and governed by the imagination of the person experiencing the adventure.


Like anything, there are certain rules, but some rules are made to be bent or broken. The magic of Immagica can be unpredictable, because Immagica itself is alive. It actually has a say in everything that is created, and the events that happen. It’s like having someone looking over your shoulder, nudging you in a certain—but not always right—direction. Imagination plays a major part in shaping Immagica, but the subconscious of the person visiting is also at play.


There are two main sections of Immagica. If you have a look at the map

 you’ll see there’s the Barren Lands, which encompasses all the not so nice places, and there’s the Go-Between, which is a friendlier place, but not always. In the Barren Lands, the weather changes depending on your mood. Get angry and a thunderstorm can brew in a matter of seconds. In the Go-Between you have more control over things, but your emotions, subconscious and mind are all working either with or against each other.


Although the concept of magic by imagination is a relatively simple one, it can sometimes get confusing in the way it works. This is mainly because nothing is set in stone, and something that happens one way for someone can work in a completely different way for someone else.

Title: Immagica

Author: K. A. Last

Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure

Date of Publication: January 26, 2014

Word Count: approximately 68,000

Cover Illustration: Lawrence Mann

Cover Designer: KILA Designs –

Map Illustration: Lawrence Mann


Book blurb:


Where anything is possible.

Enter at your own risk.


The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.


When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way, Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.


The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war, their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.

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The dragon roared again, and the deafening sound bounced off the surrounding hills. He’d changed, now he was pure evil. He was enormous, and it was not until the dragon lowered his snout, smoke billowing from his nostrils, that I understood just how big he really was. His hind legs stood firmly on the ground below, and his huge, spiked tail swung behind him. It pulverised what was left of the decaying bridge to the south tower.


Lex had to get back inside the Eye. Without him, it was in danger, even if the tower still stood in the north. If Lex died, the Eye would have no protection.


“Lex, go.” I pushed him away from me.


“No, I won’t leave you. Not to face that alone.”


“You have to get back inside the Eye. You have to.” He shook his head, but he knew I was right. “Go!” I said again.


Lex scrambled to his feet, and took off along the bridge. I’d never seen anyone run so fast. He turned to a streak of dull colour in the darkness, and caught up to Ira and the others in seconds.


They were still a fair way from the gate. I wanted them inside the Eye, where they would be safe. The longer they stayed out in the open, the worse their chances of making it through this became. Dad needed Lex’s medical supplies, but I couldn’t let myself think about it. If I did I’d fall apart.


The dragon swung his tail over his head, the three spikes splaying out, and brought it down fast. It swiped away a section of the gleaming bronze, and added it to the pile of rubble below. I scrambled backwards on my butt, but there was nowhere for me to go. I had no choice but to stop and face the beast.


I braced myself, and prepared for the worst. But this time his attack was not aimed at me. The dragon’s eyes lit up the darkness. Two red beams, like lasers, shot from them towards my friends. The beam struck Walter’s conscience in the back, and the force of the blow sent him tumbling to the ground. Dad managed to stay on Ira’s back, but Ira slipped, and they crashed down as well.


Another beam struck Brynn. She crashed to the ground, and lay motionless not far from the gate. Ira made several attempts to regain his footing before he succeeded, his hooves slipping on the bronze surface. Lex hauled Brynn inside the safely of the Eye.


The dragon sent another piercing beam from his eyes. Walter’s conscience staggered to his feet and threw himself over Dad. The beam hit Walter’s conscience in the side, leaving a gaping hole in his body. I clamped my hands over my ears to block out the screaming. The dragon fired at Walter’s conscience again, and this time the force of the blow sent him skidding across the bridge and over the edge. Silence fell into the night like a lead ball.

About the author:

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. K. A. Last is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, a rabbit named Twitch, and a guinea pig called Squeak.


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