Virginia Burton Stringer is the author of the Just Maagy series and has been a writer for over 40 years. She is also a published playwright. She has also taught theatre art, while also being an actress and director of various plays.
Raising her two daughters was the main inspiration for the Just Maagy series, as these life experiences are just one of the many reasons why this is one of the best fantasy books for young adults.
Enchantment Book 3 in the Maagy Series continues Maagy’s journey toward adulthood with her unusual heritage of sorcery and mysterious future as the Chosen One. This knowledge drives her toward a destiny she never imagined. Her adolescent defiance is only fueled by her feelings of betrayal by the father whose integrity she has depended upon for her entire life. In this third novel in the Maagy Series, a sixteen-year-old princess begins to learn the truth about her ancestors’ enigmatic past and her own frightening future, as she is set on yet another fantastic adventure.
“… She looked into the full-length mirror and could hardly recognize the transformation. There was a soldier where a princess had always been.” …
Enchantment Book 3 in the Maagy Series begins on Maagy’s sixteenth birthday with a joyous celebration of pancakes and ice cream with King Henry. However, his mood darkens as he tells her to meet him outside the ominous East Tower; a door she has never been allowed to enter. Maagy is instantly overcome with foreboding. Once there, he leads her up the dark steps to the nursery where she was born. It is there that he reveals ugly details of her mother’s death that shatter her world. It seems that King Henry has not always been completely honest with her. He shows her a floating blue crystal caged and guarded by smiling gargoyles. When she takes hold of it, she is thrust into in a fantastic vision of confusing images foreshadowing the path she must now follow. The warrior woman portrait at Whitmore Estate that has been the object of Maagy’s curiosity is yet another clue to her future from her mysterious past. Determined to become a soldier against her father’s will, Maagy connives her way to an appointment at Academy of Her Majesty’s Royal Guard. Her extraordinary performance as a cadet and surviving her harrowing Faith Quest are evidence that Maagy is not ordinary. She and friend Mary Lu Gray make history becoming the first women in five hundred years of the order to be dubbed Knights of the Commonwealth of Realms. Just as Dame Princess Maagy begins to feel as though she is in control of her future, King Henry disappears. She is forced to take control of the throne and begin her journey toward fulfilling her destiny.
Maagy took a sip of tea and set the cup on the table. She took a deep breath and let it out slowly, as she approached the ominous pedestal. Without a word, he unlatched the cage. They watched it float toward the ceiling. As it lifted, the crystal began to quiver and emit an eerie blue glow. Maagy and King Henry looked on in fear and disbelief, neither of them knowing what would happen when she took hold of it. Something in her told her she was ready to find out. Henry backed away, as Maagy stepped forward.
Her heart pounded in rapid rhythms as she reached out her trembling hand and wrapped her fingers around the glowing object. Immediately upon touching it, her head began to swirl. Everything darkened as if she were at the center of a cyclone. Objects flew by so quickly her eyes couldn’t focus on them. She felt as if she were being lifted off the ground and spun into the air. She tried to scream for her father to catch her, but no sound could emerge. He stood motionless and silent, as he watched.
When the spinning stopped, Maagy was floating in mid-air. She felt like a bird soaring above the earth but didn’t recognize anything about her surroundings.