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Magicheskij (Russian: Magic) is an urban fantasy series, originally written in Norwegian by tropers Lizzie Andersen and Kath Tinn, translated to English by Lizzie and uploaded onto deviantART. Uploaded chapters and short stories can be found here

Dimitri always thought he was normal. Violetta always knew that she wasn't. When circumstances force him to move in with her and her friends, Leonardo and Mino, he learns that not only are there magicians in this world; he has become one of them. He also comes to realize that the large gaps in his memory from his childhood is not a coincidence; something or someone has blocked them.As he and his friends struggle to figure out the things happening around them, they build a close-knit group of companions who are willing to go to great lengths to help them. But friends cannot always be trusted, and the cause of their problems might be much closer to home than they think.


There are currently two finished novels and two more in progress, but only the first chapters currently available online.

  • Bratja (Russian: Brothers. Prequel concerning how Igor became the man he is and what happened to Dimitri’s family.)
  • Stranger among witches
  • Life among the dead
  • Lies among the Keepers
  • Honour among thieves

This series features examples of:

  • Action Girl: Artemis, Violetta, Feddy, Julia, Lillian and Katharina, just to mention the most prominent. Korinta is also this during fights, but doesn’t show any real traits of it in other situations, although she is developing her badass-ness. Pretty much most of the females in the series are action girls, to some extent.
  • Action Girlfriend: Artemis and Martinius, except they’re not really a couple.
  • Action Mom: Julia Romanov.
  • Actual Pacifist: Merlin.
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  • Amazon Brigade: The Maras. Also Elaine, Morgana and Morgause, during the periods where they get along.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Korinta and Diego.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Happens on several occasions. Artemis is usually involved.
  • Badass Family: The Romanovs. Peter’s criminal family might also count.
  • Barrier Warrior: Igor. Dimitri inherits this through his father.
  • Battle Couple: Korinta and Diego. Nicolai and Julia. (Artemis and Martinius, and Peter and Freddy also apply, except that they are not romantically involved.)
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Dimitri. To be fair, he had never been drunk before and Mino tricked him.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Freddy Carlson (but good luck trying to get her into a latex suit or anything of the like).
  • Chess Master: Elaine. The Merlin/ Nico team also have a little bit of this.
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  • Chivalrous Pervert: Leonardo is a perfect example for this (also applies to Igor in his younger days).
  • Combat Medic: Freddy, Julia and Nico fit into this trope.
  • Combat Stilettos: Artemis in her high heels.
  • Distressed Damsel: Igor and Nicolai rush in to save Julia, but are overpowered by the monster and need her save them.
  • Damsel out of Distress :
    • Julia, who was kidnapped and then killed her kidnapper before Igor and Nicolai arrived to rescue her.
    • Lillian also tries her hand at this.
  • Distressed Dude: Nicolai and Igor in a particularly embarrassing incident. (Igor is also this to his brother on several occasions.) Martinius also has a tendency to play this role for Artemis, Peter is sometimes this to Freddy (although he is usually able to take care of himself) and Dimitri is this to... pretty much everyone.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Martinius
  • Gentleman Thief: Peter O’Brian Jones.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: Violetta gives one to Dimitri, although this one actually removes the intoxication and goes straight to the hangover. She takes pity on him relatively quickly and gives him an antidote.
  • Ho Yay: Dimitri and Leonardo.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Igor, about Nicolai and Julia (and Maelie). Violetta, Martinius, Artemis and Nico about Dimitri’s death.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Dimitri, at the end of Stranger among witches.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: German, after Artemis kicked his ass to show that sword-fighting is the superior form of martial arts. A lot of Artemis' opponents have this reaction.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Type 1 - Dimitri feels this way about Leonardo to some extent, although whether they become an official couple remains to be seen.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Dimitri and Mino, although it was somewhat subverted by the fact that Mino did the kissing while Dimitri just stared in surprise, and Mino later turned out not to be drunk. Also happens with Dimitri and Violetta, while Violetta was possessed by (surprise) Mino.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Elaine, Morgana and Morgause all fit this trope, as, to a lesser degree, do Charlotte and Violetta.
  • Lady of War: Artemis.
  • La Résistance: Soprotivlenie (Russian: Resistance), Nicolai and Igor’s resistance who are fighting against Elaine’s hold over Russia. Also covers Billy’s magical resistance
  • Lethal Chef: Mino, amongst other things by putting dragon essence into gingerbread.
  • Meaningful Name: The de Malfaiteur children, Jonas Lorentzen, Damon McCoy and Adelphie, just to mention a few.
  • Meaningful Rename: Isabella to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt.
  • Moe: Dimitri (even though he’s male, he fits the trope perfectly), and to a certain degree, Lillian.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Many of the female characters, especially Artemis and Julia.
  • Narrator All Along: The Scribe.
  • Never Gets Drunk: 3a for Billy and Peter (Peter does get drunk after huge amounts of alcohol, but seemingly only at will).
  • Never Mess with Granny: A dark example, as Peter’s grandmother is aggressive and violent towards him and other “disobedient” members of the family, rather than towards baddies.
  • Outlaw Couple: Peter and Freddy, who even call each other Bonnie and Clyde on occasion.
  • Pirate Girl: The captain on Jack’s pirate ship. Also somewhat applies to Artemis in book 3, when is sent back in time and made to think she is a Spanish sailor. Although the Spanish ship is not a pirate ship, the Englishmen’s attitudes say it might as well have been.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Dimitri.
  • Really 700 Years Old: True for a lot of the Elders (who age very slowly, but still age and very often have greying hair), but especially so with Leonardo, who stopped aging completely somewhere in his mid-twenties.
  • Rebel Leader: Billy Kitteridge (has the role, but not the personality). The Romanov brothers between them have this trope down to a tee.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. Although Damon was prepared to let Jonas and himself die in the future to save Jonas in the present, Billy had a change of heart and decided to save them both. Also considered with Igor, until he became too loveable. Subverted with Mino, who may (or may not) have had a Face–Heel Turn after she died.
  • Shoot the Medic First: In the revolution future, Freddy was the first of the gang to be killed (with a gun, no less), leaving the resistance group without any healer above witchcraft level (potions, salves and herbal remedies).
  • Sibling Team: Artemis and Diego, Dimitri and Nico, Igor and Nicolai, Elaine and her sisters, Freddy and Bea, Peter and his brothers (closer to The Family That Slays Together, since their father works with them), Brianna and Cassandra.
  • Siblings in Crime: Elaine, Morgana and Morgause are this on the occasions when they get along. Also Freddy and Peter with Freddy’s sister and Peter’s many brothers.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Lillian, Julia, sometimes Artemis (depending on what is needed for the situation), Elaine and, to varying degrees, her sisters.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor Dimitri…
  • The Casanova: Leonardo, Igor and Martinius.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Peter’s family of criminals, although none of them have ever even considered extending into violent crime, as they closer to an organization of anti-heroes. Freddy with her father and sister also apply.
  • The McCoy: Igor and, well, Damon McCoy.
  • The Smart Guy: Martinius. At least technologically if not socially.
  • The Woobie: Dimitri, and surprisingly, Igor.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Dimitri, who is given magic though his interactions with Mary Jane Ranno.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Artemis to Martinius (although she’s not his girlfriend. At least not yet...)
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Igor, although, as he only kills when absolutely necessary (in his view), he may be closer to the Vigilante Man. McCoy is a more straight example of this trope, since the only ones he truly cares about not hurting are his younger self and Jonas.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Although not twins, this covers Nicolai and Igor’s shieldbreaker powers. Also played straight with Billy and Vera.

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