is an Urban Fantasy Web Serial Novel
written by Andrew Eckhart. A man in custody is being interviewed
, sometime in the future
, about a world-changing "Event". The man, Elijah Valentine, tells the Writer he must start at the beginning
, and proceeds to, with some breaks where he explains his reasoning or discusses philosophy with the Writer.
Or, Last Mage is a tale about the last Mage
on Earth, who must save the human race (and the other beings on Earth
) from a tyrannical sorceress using nothing but his wits and powers. Though many of the things he accomplishes seem like magic, they aren't
.The site also hosts some B stories taking place within the same universe and completely unrelated one-shots.
Last Mage provides examples of:
- All-Loving Hero: Elijah really does love humans, while fully admitting their faults. He's not cutesy about it, but even his snarks towards people who done him and the world wrong are rather mild.
- Batman Gambit: Rhianna delights in outwitting Elijah.
- Be My Valentine: Elijah inherited the surname from someone he loved particularily dearly.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Elijah's an odd cookie and he knows it. At the same time being a definite Genius Bruiser with shades of Guile Hero.
- Create Your Own Villain: Elijah blames himself for Rhianna's rise to power, having failed to kill her when he had the chance.
- Deadpan Snarker: Elijah is smart and bored. What did you expect?
- Deface of the Moon: Because nothing says "villain" quite as loud.
- The Determinator: Elijah. And Michelle.
- Doomed Moral Victor: Elijah is absolutely fine with taking the sadder consequences of world-saving upon himself. He'd like his friends and helpers spared, though.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: Not in this verse, they aren't. However, Elijah's responsibility is this reality other worlds have their own protectors - Elijah's special ability is a telepathic link to them, which he uses to get advice.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Writer. Until the ending of the first book, anyway.
- The Fettered: Elijah, but very much not Rhianna.
- First-Person Smartass: Suprisingly understated, but it's there whenever Elijah narrates.
- Framing Device: Interview in the first book, psychiatric evaluation in the second.
- Friend in a Slightly Shady Government Agency: Michelle, for Elijah, in the first book. In the second she's quit to become a Private Detective, but they still consider each other friends.
- Foregone Conclusion: We know from the Framing Device that Valentine survives and has saved the Earth-at-large.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Rhianna already rules one dimension, whose people are incapable of making a decent La Résistance.
- Kung-Fu Clairvoyance: All the mages have (had) some sort of a special ability - Rhianna's is calculating the possible outcomes of a situation quickly and accurately, giving her the benefits of this trope.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Elijah's day job.
- Intrepid Reporter: The Writer is a down and out one. He hopes for this interview to change his luck. And it does, just not the way Writer expected.
- Manic-Depressive Oracle: Delores. Makes her a bit of a Genius Slob.
- The Masquerade: "Demons" from other dimensions have lived in secret on Earth for quite some time.
- The Men in Black: They lurk around.
- The Multiverse
- Multiversal Conqueror: Rhianna, the evil mage. Mostly out of boredom, no less.
- Last of His Kind: See title.
- Loss of Identity: In the second book Jason is surprised to learn he's lost his. Cue Quest for Identity.
- Omniscient Hero: Elijah (who knows exactly how good he is) is not one. And quite tired of explaining this to people.
- Our Angels Are Different: Boy, aren't they.
- Our Demons Are Different: They're tourists from paralell worlds. They do look more or less weird and display shades of Blue and Orange Morality, but mostly just tourists.
- Obfuscating Sillyness: Elijah's favoured mode of communication, at least when there's nothing too important going on.
- The Philosopher: Elijah, but the Writer tries his hand too.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Elijah could escape, but he has multiple reasons not to. He still has a hand in things.
- Plot Coupon: Yes, the Towers can do awesomely cool stuff in the right hands. Which is why they have to be secured against Rhianna.
- Protectorate: Elijah's is the world in its entirety. It's right there in the blurb.
- Really 700 Years Old: Valentine is old, but he won't give an exact age. Given the people he namedrops... He seems well able to give Jones a run for her money.
- Sealed Good in a Can / Sealed Evil in a Can: The King. Technically good. Technically.
- Super Serum: Both Aiden's parents took it, aand... remained entirely non-super. Their son, though...
- Swiss-Army Weapon: Elijah has a shapeshifting one.
- They Would Cut You Up: Aiden's parents are scared of this for him. They are scared rightly.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future
- The Unmasqued World: After the Event, with rampant Fantastic Racism towards demons.
- Urban Fantasy
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The demons in the second book. Fantastic Racism just doesn't cover it.