Guest post by author Michael R. Underwood
The Ree Reyes series is my multi-volume love letter to fans and geekdom. I’ve been a passionate SF/F fan since before I could read, growing up on Star Wars, The Hobbit, comics, and more. I got into comics, video games, RPGs, and much, much more, following my passion across media and platform, always in pursuit of fun, knowledge, and community. I put all of that love into the series, which starts with Geekomancy.
Since we’re now at Book #4 with Hexomancy (out tomorrow, 9/14!!!), here’s a run-down of what’s happened in the series so far (avoiding as many spoilers as I can).
Geekomancy paints the picture of a world where the love of pop culture is its own magic system, where you can watch the Matrix and do wire-fu, you can tear up a CCG card to use it like a spell scroll. Every different part of geekdom, if you’re passionate about it, has its own magic.
Snarky, aspiring screenwriter Ree Reyes discovers that she is a geekomancer after a scruffy looking geek named Eastwood bursts into her coffeeshop/comicshop day-job, desperate for a specific trade paperback. Their paths cross again and Ree demands answers (as one is wont to do after seeing a sewer troll burst into ichor when dispatched by a real-life lightsaber.)
Eastwood takes Ree under his wing as she discovers the extent of her power and becomes embroiled in Eastwood’s quest to investigate a rash of apparent teen suicides, fighting fur-suit werewolves, bearded feral gnomes, and sewer trolls along the way. But the world isn’t just full of enemies. She befriends Drake Winters, a charming steampunk from another world, and Grognard, a geek brewmaster bartender who runs the magical hangout Grognard’s Grog and Games, as well as a host of other characters at the Midnight Market, a magical meeting/marketplace for the magical underground. But all is not as it seems, and Ree quickly has to figure out how to save not only the teens, but her in-way-over-his-head mentor.
Six months later, in Celebromancy, Hollywood comes to town as Ree gets her big shot as a screenwriter. Drama-laden diva Jane Konrad and her production company are shooting one of Ree’s pilots. And it turns out that Jane isn’t just interested in Ree’s writing. When Jane is attacked in the middle of the night by an invisible assailant, Ree twigs to the idea that the apparent curse plaguing Jane’s career might be magical in origin. Using her growing geekomantic powers, she starts investigating the starlet, her enemies, and learns about Celebromancy—the magic of fame, which celebrities and Hollywood power-brokers use to make and break careers. Ree has to juggle the pilot production, the magical threat, and her confusing but hot fling with Jane Konrad. Featuring magical capers, shapeshifting, a magic-savvy SWAT team, and a dragon, because why not? When Geek meets Chic, things get messy.
Attack The Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest starts out as an ordinary Saturday night at Grognard’s with games, brews, and old arguments flaring up again (especially between Drake Winters and his rival, the self-styled Lieutenant Abigail Wickham). When the power unexpectedly goes out, the average evening becomes an all-out magical siege. An army of cannibal gnomes and other creatures assaults the store, and Ree, Eastwood, Drake and friends rise to repel the invaders, fighting wave after wave of monsters as well as magical sabotage that turns the very games and props that make up the store against the geeks.
Now, in Hexomancy, the perpetrator behind the attack on Grognard’s is put to trial and found guilty. But when the perpetrator’s allies start turning up, having marked Eastwood for death, Ree steps in to serve as Eastwood’s protector, all while navigating unemployment, an increasingly complicated friend-and-love interest situation, and much more.
The Ree Reyes books are for anyone who has ever geeked out about science fiction/fantasy, comics, video games, or most anything really. They’re for the people who stay up late reading or marathoning TV shows. It’s for cosplayers and midnight-movie-premiere attendees, it’s for the GenCon crowd and the Comic-Con crowd and the GeekyCon crowd, and for people who make their own relationship to being a fan.
If you’re still reading this piece, they’re probably for you, and I hope you enjoy them.