The Saffron Falcon

Book Two: Transition Magic

by J. E. Hopkins

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Transition–the one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique or the child dies.An archeologist unearths a second-century codex that eliminates Transition’s uniqueness requirement. Any child using the ancient verse would have unlimited power. Pakistan’s feared security apparatus, the ISI, steals the book and conceals the theft by a brutal bombing in the heart of Washington, DC.

Department of Transition Security agent John Benoit is ordered to do whatever it takes to stop the ISI from using unrestrained magic and to destroy all traces of the secret hidden in the artifact. He and his partner, Stony Hill–a fierce, pierced, purple-haired agent half his age–plunge into the case. Their mission is personal; a friend and leader was killed in the bomb blast.

John and Stony’s investigation leads them from the shattered quiet of Georgetown streets to the rugged foothills of the Himalayas, where evil and magic collide and a young boy holds the key to the future of civilization.


J. E. Hopkins is the author of the fantasy thrillers The Scarlet Crane and The Saffron Falcon (just released!).

Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin’s The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012.

Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste–his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.

A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And…

Some might say that he’s easily influenced.

It may have taken a few decades, but he’s finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.