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Warlocks of the Sigil is a YA Fantasy Series published on Amazon by Peri Akman, and the first book of The Sigil Series. The second book, Heroes of the Sigil released on August 27, 2018.The third book "Legacy of The Sigil" is now out. It tells the story of a boy named Quinn who is just learning to use his magical powers, and discovers a lot more than he bargained for along the way.

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Warlocks of the Sigil contains examples of:

  • Almost Out of Oxygen: Quinn during his swimming lesson, Kole can't help because of her leg he manages to summon an air bubble
  • Asshole Victim: In the first chapter of Heroes of The Sigil Resiak is shown as a pompous jerk who enjoys having control of his parties, and was also abusive to Kole while mentoring her by the end of it he is assassinated.
  • The Alcoholic: When the story gets told from Mack's perspective, Han-Yue's apprentice Mack notes that Han-Yue gets drunk often, and tends to be angry when they are.
  • The Apprentice: It is standard for students at the school upon adulthood or the onset of puberty to become apprentices to warlocks. Quinn happens to be Kole's apprentice.
  • Bandaged Face: Kole is always completely covered in bandages due to a skin condition.
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  • Beneath Suspicion: Quinn pretends to be Remi, his own apprentice Who is younger and usually pretends to be between 14 and 17 rather than 19, so there is no questions about testing, and Ser Hero poses as him, around strangers. The people who know him and know this, regard him as a traumatised kid, he's 19 in this story. part of it is they are looking for a woman or grey-shade, but nobody suspects him of being connected to the murderer
  • Boarding School of Horrors: Kole and Assim tell an anecdote, that they laugh about in hindsight, of being systematically burned for having a campfire and not being allowed to talk. After Kay and Quinn joked about passing around a stick to show whose turn it is to talk like when they were very little. Kay and Quinn are horrified by Kole and Assim's anecdote
  • Boxed Crook: It's revealed that some warlocks working for the government are charged with crimes, the general public and students are not told about this. Also Lirit and Parson in the third book, their tattoos are used to control them.
  • Call-Back: We meet the "old" lady from the beginning of the first book that Quinn asked directions from, apparently she is Tsalir's adoptive mom a former criminal mastermind, and it was weird that he asked her for directions because she was dressed in a way that sex workers are supposed to dress in this town.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pharias runs a company and Asim says he is not someone you want to owe a dept to.(Though he is Asim's exboyfriend so there is some bad blood there), he does illegal dealings and looks at documents he isn't supposed to as well, his power is erasing memories.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Dark Queen and Light King like to make deals. Most people assume they are all a Magically Binding Contract based on who is making them When the Dark Queen reveals that the deals are mostly based on the fact she can choose to hurt people if they don't comply rather than any intrinsic magic everybody is very angry and shocked
  • Demonic Possession: Mentioned as a possibility of happening to warlocks, and is given as a reason that warlocks can't be heads of government (though they can be second in command). The Dark Queen possesses Quinn's ex-boyfriend Tsalir and threatens him, Miah is also more mutually possessed by a different demon, the Dark Queen apparently doesn't know about him
  • Disobey This Message: In-universe example, Kole tells Quinn not to do anything he wouldn't otherwise do, though she does include herself in this (specifically she advises to punch them in the face, though she notes she hits back).
  • Famed in Story: Asim of Trell.
  • Flash Forward: The story begins with one.
  • Forced into Evil: Kole was taken by the Dark Queen as a slave as punishment for performing a ritual to control the queen's demons and make them kill each other
  • Ghost City: There is one underground near a tower. Apparently destroyed by the Dark Queen. It was buried underground
  • Hate Plague: Called as such, the Dark Queen can cause them when Quinn and Kole are attacked by the rest of the group due to bubbling over resentment this is used as a possible explanation, than it's insisted that's what happened
  • Living Battery: Tiba orders the hummunculi to find a source to power the city and doesn't realize they are taking people, apparently it's powered by warlocks, usually it was volunteers but the humunculi were just told to find a power source and took the warlocks against their will
  • Mathematician's Answer: Kole writes yes for age and gender in her extremely lack-luster information packet.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Demons have black eyes and someone having black eyes can mean they have been replaced by a demon Quinn realizes Sennta has been replaced this way
  • Naïve Newcomer: Since Quinn was in the school most of his life and just got out he needs things about the world explained to him, including somethings that are different than our world and somethings that are the same.
  • Only One Name: Quinn muses how weird it will be to be Quinn of Haldon, as the distinction wasn't really needed in the academy and he was just Quinn there.
  • Personal Dictionary: in universe and unintentional example Ser Hero only heals "damsels in distress" but their definition of "damsel" includes inanimate objects like Kole's walking stick
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Asim and Kole before the events of the story, they are very annoyed when people mistake them for dating. Though they are essentially "broken up" during the present and even with the rekindling are more Like Brother and Sister now.
  • Power Copying: Kole's magical power.
  • Power Glows: The tattoos they have are noted as glowing.
  • Power Tattoo: Most of the warlocks have a tattoo that reflects their powers.
  • Regretful Traitor: Kole turns out to be slave of the Dark Queen with temporarily more free will. She gives over Quinn because the Dark Queen's husband the Light King felt it was unfair she got a slave and he didn't
  • Sealed Army in a Can: There is an army of metal hummunculi on the thought abandoned island that they land on that carries them off
  • Show Within a Show: Kole and Quinn discuss a Young Adult book (which also makes it a YA book in a YA book)about an apprentice who unleashes an evil by accident while training without his master and has to prevent it, apparently he also had several girlfriends die, it had 67 volumes. The first five came out when Kole was young and this makes her feel old.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Kole mostly with the intention of not scaremongering or over managing but Quinn finds it frustrating.
  • Summon Magic: One of the possible powers a warlock can have is summoning magic. And the one Quinn exhibits.
  • Summoning Ritual: Kole and her friends including Asim decide to summon using dark magic to get rid of the demons despite warnings against, with Kole doing the main summoning, this leads to the Dark Queen coming and taking Kole as her slave as payment for the killed demons
  • Switching P.O.V.: In Heroes of The Sigil various characters point of views are shown their name is given at the start, though it mostly keeps with Quinn after a few chapters.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Granted it switches around a lot but Quinn guards most of his thoughts from the Light King by not knowing the whole plan and thinking about how things are hopeless instead. This leads the audience to not realise what he is planning until the end
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kole and Asim are revealed to be this rather than enemies or exes, which gives a hint that Asim wouldn't attack Kole without reason Han-Yue states they hates all their friends to Asim.
  • Wizarding School: Quinn attends a wizarding school at the beginning of the story.