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Literature / The Paragon Society

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An Urban Fantasy series written by David Delaney about Orson Reid, a college student who is recruited into a secret society as a result of becoming a shape-shifter.

The series currently consists of 4 books;

  • Orson (July 31, 2017)
  • Gypsy Witch (February 14, 2018)
  • Lucy (July 22, 2018)
  • Cabal (May 16, 2019)
  • Blood-Mage (TBA)

Tropes include;

  • The Chosen One: Orson turns out to be the Ollpheist, a super shape-shifter highly resistant towards magic and that other shape-shifters are afraid of. In Cabal, it's revealed that Orson is able to cast spells, making him a shape-shifter/mage hybrid.
  • The Order: The titular Paragon Society is a secret society mostly comprised of mages dedicated to ensuring the secrecy of magic as well as policing the supernatural community.
    • The Shifter Council is the Society's shap-shifter equivalent, but is mostly separate due to the bloody history between mages and shifters.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Taking the place of traditional vampires are blood-mages, magic users who perform blood sacrifice to fuel their magic. Their most common traits include black eyes and More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Shape-shifters are magic users who can transform into animals. More experienced shifters can enter a hybrid "beast form" used for combat. And contrary to what pop-culture would have you believe, shape-shifters are born, not made.