Narrative Transport. The official Michael Pryor website.


I’m playing around with writing an adult novel – ‘The Laws of Magic’ ten years on. Aubrey, Caroline, George and Sophie in a world startlingly like our own in the Jazz Age, but with magic. Now, I don’t know if this has been done before at all, taking a YA novel and its characters and leaping forward into the adult world.

I think it has possibilities.



  • Comment by Wade — August 6, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I think it has been done before, though perhaps not exactly in the way you might think. David Eddings is on record as saying that one of the reason he wrote The Mallorean was to see if a story with a grown up Garion (and Ce’Nedra) would work. I rather think it did. 🙂

  • Comment by michael — August 6, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Good point, Wade. Someone else has also suggested Ursula le Guin’s ‘Tehanu’, revisiting Ged and Earthsea.

  • Comment by Kathryn — August 6, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Omg! I just died, Strunk done by the sheer awesome of this idea and the fact that it’s something me and my sister discussed would be awesome, of course it our plans it was another 6 part series. 😉

    Also, I thought (& have heard) that young adult is just the entry level. What’s the difference, do you think, Mr Pryor?

    I’m now not going to be as sad (still sad, though) when I read the last page of Hour of Need because I now have hope of more!

  • Comment by michael — August 6, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Ah, the vexed question of ‘What is Young Adult?’. It’s tricky, but I think intelligent YA is almost indistinguishable from books for grown-ups, naturally.

  • Comment by Query — August 6, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    More Aubrey, Caroline and George? In a darker tone? Dream come true <3

    Actually, would this be your first adult fiction novel? I don't see anything in the links up top ^^

  • Comment by michael — August 6, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I haven’t written any adult novels, being too busy with the fun YA stories, but the more I think about this, the more appealing it is …

  • Comment by Megan — August 8, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    YES. More Aubrey & co!

    Elizabeth Hadyon did somewhat the reverse with her Rhapsody series: she branched off the adult novels with YA novels about a historical character that is mentioned in a few of the books. Then you have series like Narnia where the main characters from the first book show up in The Last Battle much older, although they’re not really the main characters anymore.

    I agree intelligent YA is on par with books for adults. In fact I still like YA better than adult even though I’ve been reading both for many years now. There’s just something more fun in YA books.

  • Comment by michael — August 8, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Ah, Elizabeth Haydon, nice one! And I agree – it’s the intelligence factor that’s possibly the most important.

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