Just Maagy is the first book in the series that sets the stage for what is to come. While written in a more juvenile voice to mirror the thirteen-year-old innocence of the main character Princess Melania Abigail Alice Grace, foreshadowing of her dark heritage and mysterious future is carefully laid. The story begins on Maagy’s thirteenth birthday with a temper tantrum because there is no spumoni ice cream for breakfast. Her father King Henry must take steps to prepare his spoiled child for a future of heavy responsibility, so he takes her to Summer Castle where she begins her journey toward adulthood through exploration and discovery of the secrets and mysteries she finds there. The characters are introduced, the conflicts set, and foreshadowing carefully placed. The puzzle that is Maagy’s life is laid out but with several key pieces missing.
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.
Just Maagy Teaser
“As she closed the door, she caught a glimpse of herself in the full-length mirror and saw a young lady where a little girl had always been.”
Just Maagy is a novel series about an impetuous little princess who destroys her own bedroom on her thirteenth birthday because she can’t have spumoni ice cream for breakfast. Her day only gets worse with a food fight at her party. Her exasperated, elderly father, King Henry, knows he needs help, so he takes her to the Summer Castle, where an elderly couple with a somewhat mysterious past assists him with her education, as she must become queen in five years. Thus, begins her journey of exploration, missteps, temper explosions, lies and consequences, which leads her into all sorts of sticky situations. Read how she is suddenly thrust into a summit meeting with her father and the leaders of the known world and almost causes war to break out, only to use her innate negotiating skills to avert disaster and collect valuable information for the allies. While exploring the enormous Whitmore Estate and meeting the most interesting people and odd creatures, she sees an ancient portrait of a warrior woman with whom she bears a striking resemblance and her curiosity as to the woman’s identity consumes her. Locked doors confound her and bladed weapons fascinate her. Experience Maagy’s growth, as she becomes a kind, patient, humble and resourceful young woman. Follow her journey, as her adventurous nature and insatiable curiosity lead her toward maturity and a life profoundly changed by her experiences.
Just Maagy Excerpt
… “King Henry called Maagy into his room and shut the door.
“What is this about words between you and the son of Chief Obuku?”
“You heard about that?”
“I did. Would you care to explain?”
“He was rude to Estelí… and I told him it was unacceptable… and he should apologize.”
“The way I heard it, you threatened to invade his kingdom!”
“Not exactly! I threatened… you… would invade,” she said sheepishly. “Daddy, he made her cry! I heard her sobbing on the other side of the wall, so I pulled the bell cord and sure enough she had been crying. At first, she wouldn’t tell me, but finally I got it out of her. He went into his room whilst she was cleaning it. She tried to follow protocol and leave, but he demanded she finish. When she started to leave anyway, he threw something at her! I will not tolerate such behavior, Father!” She explained, as she finished her rant and took that defiant stance he had seen so many times.
“So, you interceded on her behalf. Is that when you threatened invasion?”
“Yes Sir… but not before he was rude and dismissive of me! He said because I was a female he didn’t have to listen to me. That’s when I got really angry and threatened…”
“Maagy you cannot confront people in such a manner! He is the son of an extremely important individual in these negotiations. You must make amends to the boy.”
“I’m sorry to disagree with you, Father, but I shall not do anything of the sort. He is an arrogant brat and I told him such!”
“Maagy, you’ve no idea what you’re doing here. Your behavior could undermine this entire effort.”
“Yes, I do know, Father. Rudolpho gave me a tutorial on the geography and politics of the region. I understand the water rights negotiations are critical… but so are principles. And I will not apologize for doing the right thing. Standing up for Estelí is the right thing.”
“Zinrahwi is looking for an excuse to leave the Summit and go build his dam even higher. He would love to justify an invasion and that is the last thing any of us needs. Maagy, you must back down on this and tell the boy you were wrong.”
“Father… I… I… cannot believe my ears. I cannot believe you would ask me to compromise my ethics and go against what I know is right and honorable to appease those barbarians!”
“Oh, Maagy… you make it so hard to find fault with your reasoning,” he admitted as he paced the room. “The fact is… life is not always white or black. Sometimes it must be shades of gray in the middle. Sometimes we have to swallow our tongues* to keep from speaking our minds in order to achieve the greater good. This conference and the water agreement with Zinrahwi are the greater good, Maagy. This mess is endangering the entire negotiation.”
“I am sorry… but only for making your job… and Rudy’s… much harder. Perhaps I shouldn’t have confronted Owanu, but having done so I will not go back on what I said. He was mean spirited and violent toward one of our own. That cannot… and will not be tolerated by me… and shouldn’t be by you. Daddy, you’ve always encouraged me to be brave and stand up for what I believe. Now, you’re asking me to abandon all that and give in to a tyrant. I just cannot.”
“Oh, Child,” he said, sinking onto a chair, “what am I going to do with you?” …
The Maagy Series is the quintessential fantasy book series that focuses on the maturation of young girls to adult women.
Princess Maagy begins as a spoiled, privileged brat who learns valuable lessons through wonderous adventures and the wisdom of those around her. Throughout each book, Maagy takes more steps toward her destiny and develops into an extraordinary young woman and warrior who will one day take on the mantle of queen. Following Maagy through these tumultuous stages offers perspective and guidance that young adults can relate to and enjoy. The Maagy Series provides an opportunity for readers to explore a new world, while also watching a character transform before their very eyes. This series captures the imagination and is perfect for readers of any age!