|Plot Summary of Deep Secret|
Rupert Venables is a Magid (human magician), the youngest of three magic-working brothers. There are many Magids throughout the multiverse. Their task seems to be that of guiding the worlds in the right direction without too much overt action. Every time one dies, another must be trained in his/her place. Earth is one of the Naywards worlds (i.e. not very accepting of magic) and the whole multiverse is tending Naywards. That's a problem. The Koryfonic Empire, of which Rupert is official Magid, is about to self-destruct.The emperor has been assassinated and the heirs are missing. Closer to home, Rupert's
friend and Magid Mentor, Sam, is dying, leaving Rupert with the task of finding and training the next Junior Magid.
Maree Mallory, a disastrous trainee vet, is one of the Magid candidates Rupert considers. She has no idea of her
possible destiny, nor does her “cousin” Nick, a handsome,
intelligent and extremely selfish teenager. Nick's horrible
mother Janine doesn't help, but Nick's father, an author,
is instrumental in bringing together many of the plot
strands at a fantasy convention at the Babylon Hotel.
Rupert is a loner, and in the course of the story he comes
to realise that he really wants to become more “human”.
Most of the story is told in first person through his written report but as honesty is a prerequisite, the events are truthfully presented. All the major characters have personality flaws, many of them imposed on them by circumstance or by active malice from the opposing forces of evil.
This synopsis report prepared by Sally Odgers
Rupert Venables is a computer programmer and a Magid - one of a group of people who oversee the proper functions of the multiverse and who guide all worlds towards eventual magic use. When Rupert's boss dies, it's up to him to find a replacement, but the candidates handed down from On High are impossible to find, so he makes arrangements to bring them all together at a science fiction convention. As if that wasn't enough trouble, he's responsible for the Koryfonic Empire, and problems begin there when the Emperor dies - and no one can find the heir. The Con scenes in this book are really funny; people who have been to one would probably love it even more than I did.
This synopsis report prepared by Ivy
|Chapter Analysis of Deep Secret|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If magical mental powers:
- can cast many different spells
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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