Y’all are weird. Like, really weird. We of the Furred & Frond Management love y’all to pieces, but y’all are weird.
As the title of this post suggests, we have gotten an amusingly high number of people speculating that the Vigilante Magical Librarians series is a precursor to the Royal States series.
We don’t got a clue in hell where y’all are getting that idea, but we are amused. But, since we’re here, let’s talk about it!
This show is now being written by the female. Enjoy this picture of my adorable self and my sister before we go. We took over the recycling box in the hallway. Honestly, my sister had been in the box first, but if I fits I sits. I just sitted on my sister until she made space for me. And then she snuggled closer because she loves me.
In Null & Void, it was established that the Royal States was implemented when Mackenzie was a child, and that the states, now ruled by various monarchies, had voted to make this thing happen, following a civil war, which had broken out due to a flood of magic entering the world.
In The Vigilante Magical Librarians series, it was speculated in Booked for Murder that magic had been there all along, but people hadn’t realized it was magic.
This is exhibit one.
Exhibit two is a hell of a lot darker.
While both worlds use a caste system, the Royal States is riffed (read: stolen, with no shame) from European monarchies and history. Replace “null” with “serf” and you will begin to see the overlaps between past and present in that world.
The Vigilante Magical Librarian series is literally about the government attempting a genocide of all people without the ‘approved’ magical talents. This was also stolen from history in the form of the precursor leading up to the Holocaust. World War II. If you look at the Nazi regime prior to the establishment of concentration camps, you will start to see societal overlaps.
I changed a lot. But one is essential destroying the basic monarchy and serfdom systems with a twist in modern times with magic… and the other is about a bunch of librarians fighting the clock to prevent a literal genocide.
What you will not find in the Royal States series: a literal genocide.
In the Royal States world, people prefer to remove nulls from the system by breeding them with people of decent magic lines to spread more magic and build the middle castes. Essentially, nulls are going extinct because of that, resulting in caste shifts in the system. And that’s all fine and good and all that. I mean, definitely beats genocide even though it’s, at its heart, a really fucked up society. No, I do NOT think people should be bred for certain traits. That’s a fiction thing NOT a me thing.
These series are completely unrelated. They weren’t even branched from the same basic ‘what if’ question. Sometimes, I do revisit a what if question and flip it around.
If you take the Fox Witch world stuff and compare to the Vigilante Magical librarians stuff, you will see similarities in the contracting systems. Both stem from the general belief among some (really shitty people) who think slavery is okay… and managed to get enough backing that slavery became legalized.
How these societies accomplished these goals is vastly different. Freedom died with a scratch of a pen in one… freedom was voted away in the other. In one society, the loss of freedom was embraced. In the other, the government rigged it, stole it away, and left the people without any way to change it. One society has hope. The other… without intervention, does not.
Hint: Fox Witch World is the world that voted it away and embraced it. Vigilante magical librarians is the darker one. Across the board.
This was done entirely on purpose. There was a different angle I wanted to pursue in Fox Witch World versus Vigilante Magical librarians. That’s also why they tend to be ‘partnered together’ in terms of releases.
After I work on Vigilante, it’s easier for me to flip the script and play with the other concept because I’m in the same ballpark but in two different fields.
This year’s personal insert has been brought to you by jet tubs. Honestly, I insert a goddamned jet in every damned book I can because jet tubs are life and I want one.
Hey, as far as insertions go, it’s harmless.
And I mean… if the jet tub is RIGHT THERE… characters will use them for kinky purposes. It’s just natural. Mostly.
So yes there is a higher than normal occurrence of jet tubs in my book because I work hard to avoid other types of insertions.
But, for all of those conspiracy theorists out there who really want Vigilante Mag Librarians and Royal States to be the same world… it’s not.
Vigilante Magical Librarians is its own world. Should everyone enjoy the entire five book series, I have a seed of an idea for a story that takes place in the aftermath, but a whole-new cast, where the whole new world born from the consequences of the Vigilante Magical Librarians series is explored.
(We shall see.)
I hope you have been enjoying Booked for Kidnapping! If you haven’t grabbed a copy… You can purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo! Paperback editions are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Royal States, Null & Void is probably one of my very favorite reads. I’ve read is dozens of times and listened to the audio almost as often.
Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying Booked for Kidnapping. I listened to the audio of Booked for Murder last week to get ready. Very interesting, and no intersection with Royal States.
I’m a fan of both worlds, and Fox Witch world too. Looking forward to see what happens next.
Stick to your guns, you are the author….you set the stage and characters!
I enjoyed it so much I stayed up till 2am because Had.To. Finish. Book. Illusionists are scary, scary mothers.
The Sneaky Kitty Critic
The Royal States illusionists are scarier. They can circumvent free will. O.O The Vigilante Magical Librarians ones just trick you into believing something other than reality.
I mean the Royal States illusionists can do that, too… but the complete theft of free will is somewhat horrifying! Especially in the wrong hands.
So… I will now have to reread the 2 series again. Poor me. My friend and I are eagerly awaiting the next books in each series. No choice picked as to the favorite….
Yay! School is over for the quarter, I didn’t throw any of my students over the railing (I am on the second floor. It is tempting sometimes.), and I am going to treat myself by binge reading! I have to read the first book of the librarians to refresh myself so I can enjoy the story. This desire to read your book has been the only thing that was keeping me in front of my computer grading papers. Lets hear it for Fall Break!
I don’t understand how they are thinking that the Royal States universe and the Librarian universe are connected. They seem really different to me. ???? Shrug. Don’t care. Love them all!
PS More kitty photos please! They give me something wonderful to look at when I get tired of looking at bad student papers.
Tina in NJ
I had noticed your interest in jet tubs throughout the different series. A woman after my own heart!
Valerie Jean Peterson
Long Live Jet Tubs! And the only relationship between any of your series, is that they came from your very fascinating brain. I haven’t been disappointed in any of your books. Thank you.
Jet Tubs and BACON – one of the major food groups along with garlic!
At least to me it was obvious that the two series were NOT connected. However readers will see what they desire, not what’s on the page. I enjoy all your books.
Thank you so much for the Vigilante Magical Librarian series!! I love them and yes, jet tubs are life and I want one too! In case you haven’t heard this yet today, you’re amazing and I appreciate you so much! Thank you for sharing your imagination with us.