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* TheUnmasquedWorld: Prior to the [[MassEmpoweringEvent fever]], keeping the {{Masquerade}} was pretty easy: the population of magical people was comparatively small, and most of them inhabited a PocketDimension safely away from the world of the normals. The fever blew the lid off that in a big way, since the natural-born Gifted were the only chance many of the RandomlyGifted had of learning how to [[PowerIncontinence control]] their new abilities.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: The [[EnsembleCast cast of characters]] has grown as the series progresses, leading to multiple (usually interconnected) plotlines.


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* PowerLimiter: Iron is the only known thing that can dampen magic, so prisons rapidly learn to build cells with walls of iron. Hospitals often have a few iron rooms, too, in case of non-malicious MagicMisfire.


* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The series takes place over a span of (so far) fifteen years, so it has a rather large cast.


An UrbanFantasy series by Stevie Barry. Quite abruptly, [[TheMagicCameBack the magic comes back]] via a [[MassEmpoweringEvent fever pandemic]]. Since almost [[TheMasquerade nobody knew]] it had ever existed in the first place, this initially goes [[{{Understatement}} poorly]].

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An UrbanFantasy series by Stevie Barry. Quite abruptly, [[TheMagicCameBack the magic comes back]] via a [[MassEmpoweringEvent fever pandemic]]. Since almost [[TheMasquerade nobody knew]] it had ever existed in the first place, this initially goes [[{{Understatement}} poorly]].
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheMagicComesBack The magic came back]]. Then the real trouble started.]]


* ''Literature/TheCurseOfM'' (2017)
* ''Literature/TheStormOfM'' (2018)
* ''Literature/TheWarOfM'' (2019)
* ''Literature/TheWorldOfM'' (2020)
* ''Literature/TheYearsOfM'' (2022)

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* # ''Literature/TheCurseOfM'' (2017)
* # ''Literature/TheStormOfM'' (2018)
* # ''Literature/TheWarOfM'' (2019)
* # ''Literature/TheWorldOfM'' (2020)
* # ''Literature/TheYearsOfM'' (2022)


* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Exactly what it says. The Gifted are capable of massive dream-sharing, meeting in an astral plane known as the Garden.

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* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: SharedDream: Exactly what it says. The Gifted are capable of massive dream-sharing, meeting in an astral plane known as the Garden.


Humanity is resilient, however. After a brief wobble that doesnít quite manage to descend into [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 societal disruption]], the world adapts and soldiers on as best it can. The Gifted and the normals reach an occasionally uneasy coexistence thatís bolstered by the fact that the spread of magic didn't end with the fever (bit hard to muster up any effective anti-magical resistance when half the members might well wake up Gifted one morning). The ensuing years bring both struggles and triumphs, as the world tries to figure out the best way to soldier on while weathering (literally and metaphorically) the ever-unfolding consequences of humanityís initial reaction to the return of magic.

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Humanity is resilient, however. After a brief wobble that doesnít quite manage to descend into [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 societal disruption]], the world adapts and soldiers on as best it can. The Gifted and the normals reach an occasionally uneasy coexistence thatís bolstered by the fact that the spread of magic didn't end with the fever (bit hard to muster up any effective anti-magical resistance when half the members might well wake up Gifted one morning). The ensuing years bring both struggles and triumphs, as the world tries to figure out the best way to soldier on move forward while weathering (literally and metaphorically) the ever-unfolding consequences of humanityís initial reaction to the return of magic.

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An UrbanFantasy series by Stevie Barry. Quite abruptly, [[TheMagicCameBack the magic comes back]] via a [[MassEmpoweringEvent fever pandemic]]. Since almost [[TheMasquerade nobody knew]] it had ever existed in the first place, this initially goes [[{{Understatement}} poorly]].

Humanity is resilient, however. After a brief wobble that doesnít quite manage to descend into [[ApocalypseHow/Class1 societal disruption]], the world adapts and soldiers on as best it can. The Gifted and the normals reach an occasionally uneasy coexistence thatís bolstered by the fact that the spread of magic didn't end with the fever (bit hard to muster up any effective anti-magical resistance when half the members might well wake up Gifted one morning). The ensuing years bring both struggles and triumphs, as the world tries to figure out the best way to soldier on while weathering (literally and metaphorically) the ever-unfolding consequences of humanityís initial reaction to the return of magic.

Many of them are caused, directly or indirectly, by Doctor Raoul von Rached, one of a relatively small number of people who were born with their abilities long before the fever smacked the globe with a slightly sweaty tsunami of magic. A powerfully [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]], borderline sociopathic InsufferableGenius, his curiosity and disregard for human life create a decade-long domino effect beyond anything he might have anticipated. (He truly is the gift that keeps on giving.)

Opposing him are humanity in general, and a handful of extremely disgruntled Gifted in particular. The head of their unofficial Anti-Von Rached-Appreciation-Society is Lorna Donovan, an Irish ex-con with more reason than most to want his head on a plate (and thatís really, really saying something). Unfortunately for everyone, he manages to [[SealedEvilInACan unseal]] a creature thatís an even greater threat than [[FromBadToWorse himself]].


The books so far:

*''Literature/TheCurseOfM'' (2017)
*''Literature/TheStormOfM'' (2018)
*''Literature/TheWarOfM'' (2019)
*''Literature/TheWorldOfM'' (2020)
*''Literature/TheYearsOfM'' (2022)

!!The series as a whole provides examples of:

* BlessedWithSuck: Quite a number of Gifts come with massive, massive downsides, ranging from potential addiction, potential insanity, or even death if overused. Many also can't be controlled without training.
* FantasticSlur: Those with magical abilities are sometimes referred to as the Cursed (even by some of themselves at first).
* FunctionalMagic: Of the Inherent variety. A small minority were born with their ability, but most are RandomlyGifted.
* HostileWeather: Excessive magical use tends to discharge itself in the weather, which can result in some mega-storms.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The series takes place over a span of (so far) fifteen years, so it has a rather large cast.
* MagicAIsMagicA: There are things it can do, and things it can't do; both are consistent.
* TheMagicCameBack: The books deal with the magic coming back as a very widespread surprise.
* MagicMisfire: Tend to happen a lot, especially to the untrained.
* OnePersonOnePower: Multiple Gifts are extremely rare.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They come from [[SmallSecludedWorld the Other]], and are intelligent [[UndeadChild undead children]] that don't decay. They were created by the Otherís deity of Undeath who they call Mama Tanya (whose [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname real name]] isnít actually Tanya. Her true name was too difficult for her children to pronounce, so one of them called her Tanya and it stuck.)
* PowerIncontinence: A big problem among the RandomlyGifted, since most Gifts are not naturally intuitive.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Exactly what it says. The Gifted are capable of massive dream-sharing, meeting in an astral plane known as the Garden.
* SmallSecludedWorld: The Other, a parasite dimension that tends to steal things (and people) from properly-developed dimensions like Earth. Only a small portion of it is actually inhabitable, and once youíve been sucked in, itís very, very difficult to get out again. It also has a habit of yanking things from different time periods, though nobody, including its deities, understands how or why.
* TheXOfY: All the titles so far.

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