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Job-hunting when someone is a middle aged woman with a young son isn't easy. Frankly it's depressing. Ruth Watson answers an odd advertisement and finds herself taking on a role she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams – saving not just the universe but the multiverse.
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Pitched headlong into a parallel world, she reluctantly takes on the mantle of Mage Prime and in the process puts her son, her new friends and herself in danger. At the same time she discovers she isn't too old to fall for the handsomest man around.

The world of Lantira is on the second parallel of the Transetic divergence in what is known as the multiverse – by nearly everyone except people living on Earth! It is the home world of the magically talented ‘Guardians' who have the duty of maintaining balance between positive and negative forces throughout the multiverse. Lantira is one of the magical worlds where the physical laws of Earth don't apply - machines and electronics won't work but magic does.

The Guardians are facing the irreversible tipping of that balance because of the powerful but negative Selador Sorceresses. These are a group of women from a world that was disenfranchised of it's magic centuries ago and who have now discovered how steal the magical power from the talented Guardians, destroying them in the process. If the shift in the balance isn't reversed, the multiverse, and all the infinite worlds in it, including our own Earth, will be destroyed.

Stranded on Lantira, Ruth at first refuses the role but when she and the Guardians discover that, in order to stop her becoming the Mage Prime, the Selador Sorceresses have kidnapped her son, Will, she realises that she has no choice but to learn her new trade and help the Guardians.

Her adventures expose her to other worlds and the perils of new relationships but also to possibilities she could never have imagined. In time she and the Guardians overcome the Sorceresses during a mighty magical battle but in doing so her son is desperately injured.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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