As the cover implies, this is the second volume in a series. The editors got so many quality submissions that they decided to break it into two volumes.
It’s a fun idea, a school for magic, and a lot of people have played with it over the years–Harry Potter was far from the first.
For my own contribution, I went back to Dracoheim. Given that magic is used in nearly all industries, it stands to reason that there would be a need for skilled blue collar workers who understood enough of the theory of magic to do their jobs safely, without being licensed magi.
Hence my story takes place not in the prestigious Dracoheim Academy For Thaumaturgical Studies, but Leeshore Technical College, a three year trade school for magical mechanics, as it were.
The story opens as the instructor, Magus Leonid Vetch, is preparing for his Sixday afternoon class, Conjuration 204:Theory And Practice Of Major Workings. Today he will be demonstrating aportation, the translation of items from the Midworld to the Realms of Nightmare.
It should be a simple demonstration, which he has done in class for years, but there is nothing routine in the practice of magic. When something goes wrong Magus Vetch and two of his students are trapped in Ventose, The Realm of Lord Chimiculeon the Many.
What happens next? I’m afraid you’ll just have to read this book to find out.