In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold.
When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.
Her magic is dormant.
When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amid inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother's whereabouts, but another shock awaits her. Sean O'Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home. She senses Sean is hiding something from her; he refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness. It calls to her, and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair, which leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.
His magic is dangerous.
Sean O'Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk - like her mother - he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past. Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife's life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife's life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she's safe. Even if it means he has to tap in to his dangerous magic to do it.
©2016 Michelle Miles (P)2017 Michelle Miles
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"Love, Hate, Revenge, Magic"
I just finished reading and listening to the brilliantly narrated first volume of a new epic fantasy building on the concepts of separate realms for fae and humans whose time continua are not necessarily even relatively congruent. My first kudo would go to the author for providing a pronunciation guide to the Celtic names gracing many of the characters. I subvocalize and hate when I'm fighting an unfamiliar name. Second plaudits to the narrator who brought to life the various characters, even producing a credible Texas drawl for several, while keeping the pacing exciting yet easy to follow. And of course we have a great story with interesting and well-drawn characters playing out love, hate and revenge.
WARNING: Approaching the last chapter the loose ends seem to be tidying up nicely and the volume is complete. And then that last chapter throws a left hook and you have a cliffhanger. Hmmm, this can present an issue, especially as volume 2 of the saga hasn't yet been published. However, the way this was handled was so adept that I don't mind being left with a teaser since, as mentioned, the main drama of volume 1 has concluded.
"Warning, its another bustier ripper"
Soft core erotica again ... sigh... i was hoping for more of a girl finds portal to a magical land where she uses her knowledge of the modern world to enhance the magic and the civilization of the world. Will look elsewhere
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