Amelia Cole and the Unknown World
Amelia Cole lives in two worlds – literally. One runs on magic; the other is built on technology. When the barriers between both worlds start to break down, Amelia must step forward to do what she knows is right, even if the consequences might be wrong.
Written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride. Art by Nick Brokenshire.
Amelia Cole is just your typical apprentice mage. She fights demons, reads spell books, and finds time to go for coffee with her friends. But when a trip to the non-magic realm ends in a battle with a demon that leaves innocent bystanders dead, it becomes clear to Amelia and her Aunt Dani that the door between the magic and non-magic worlds must be closed for good, in order to contain the damage.
The spell needed to seal the door is powerful, and Dani sacrifices her life force to make sure it stays closed. In her final moments, she tells Amelia the truth about her childhood: that she comes not from the magic or the non-magic world, but from a third world, where Amelia’s parents died and from which Dani took her to keep her safe and raise her as a mage. And with the magic police at their door, looking to punish the people who opened the portal in the first place, it’s to this unknown world that Amelia must escape.
Now Amelia must find her footing in a new world, where magic and science exist side-by-side but where the rules that apply to them are very different. Spit out of a portal into the rubble of a demolished building, Amelia creates a golem from the wreckage to keep her company and help her navigate the city – she names him Lemmy. After using her magic to save a woman from a helicopter crash, she’s confronted by the Protector, a government-sanctioned mage whose job is to curb unauthorized magical use–even when it’s someone who’s just trying to help. The Protector shatters Amelia’s wand, leaving her unable to focus her magic–and, he hopes, to stop her from using it altogether. But he is unprepared for Amelia–a more powerful mage than anybody might have expected (even Amelia!)–and her magic persists, but more importantly she persists in using it to help those less powerful.
Amelia begins to see clearly the troubles of the city–that the mages and non-mages live separately, segregated based on fear, suspicion, and contempt. The mages leave the non-mages to suffer, even when they can intervene, with the excuse that they don’t want non-mages to become dependent on their magic and unable to help themselves. Amelia, defiant to her core and unable to ignore the cries of those in danger and in need, comes to the rescue again and again, even as the Protector does everything he can to get in her way.
While she fumes at the hypocrisy and lack of compassion from those charged with protecting the city, she also searches for clues to the mystery of her parents death. And when she pulls a wrench out of the rubble that makes up Lemmy’s body and uses it like a wand, it becomes clear that Lemmy is made from the wreckage of her family’s home. But everything gets much more complicated when the Protector, in service of a magistrate who finds Amelia a little too powerful, is ordered to kill her.
From D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave, and Nick Brokenshire comes Amelia Cole and the Unknown World, an urban fantasy adventure in which choosing to do the right thing isn’t always the easiest option, but for Amelia its the only option, even if it means breaking all the rules.