***Sfeer theory, by the Little Foolery creative team

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« My name is Luca Valentino. I came to Uitspan two years ago. »

It’s the eighteenth century of the Imperial Calender and the Empire of Warassa is at its peak. Spanning a full continent, and experiencing a new mastery of the magic known as the principles of Sfeer Theory, one might go so far as to call Warassa the center of the world. However, prosperity comes at a cost. Day by day, tensions rise at the borders of the Empire, which may soon be bound for war.

Not that Luca Valentino knows that last part. A lab technician at the Empire’s premier school, Uitspan Academy, Luca desires only to live quietly to further educate himself in the nature of Sfeer Theory. This may not be so simple, for as he learns more about the magic around him, he finds himself entangled in a great mystery, one which may involve the whole of the world as he knows it…

 

So I bought the first volume of this webcomic at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival last may. Did I look twice at this book because the art was beautiful and the cover had shiny foil spots? Yes. Did I buy it because the author told me it was « steampunk wizards » and I was already taking my money out of my purse before she had even finished? Absolutely. Did I love reading it? Heck yeah I did.

Mind you, the first volume (chapter?) doesn’t tell us much about the story arc of the webcomic. I’m still not quite sure what the greater story is going to be about, aside from Luca’s new job position and the happenings at school. But the art is gorgeous, the main character extremely charming and snarky, and the magic system seems very well structured and thought of, reminescent of both Fullmetal Alchemist and another webcomic I like with a fully developed magic system, unsounded.

Sfeer Theory is the story of Luca, a man who wishes to study magic at the prestigious school of Uitspan, but because he’s of a lower class, all he can do is work there as a lab assistant. However, he does his own magic in his free time and has even managed to developt techniques that the scholars haven’t thought of, a secret that he keeps close to his chest because it could get him in trouble. However, soon enough weird stuff starts happening at the school, and he catches the eye of a mysterious and quirky visiting scholar…

I see quite a lot of potential in that story, and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the serie.

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