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Immortal Quest: The Trouble With Mages
If only he could remember...
500 year old Mage Marlen will do anything possible to get mortal Detective Nicholas Watson to remember their past lives together.
Confronted by an arrested thief who claims to be his best friend of many lifetimes, the young detective sargeant struggles to come to grips with Marlen’s story. Nick’s skepticism begins to wane, however, when the mage tells him details — intimate secrets about himself no one could know!
Before Marlen can reveal more though, he needs Nick’s help!
In a bid to secure a spell to help the detective remember the truth, Marlen accidentally releases Vere, one of the world’s most powerful immortals, from her multi-century imprisonment.
Cast into a quest across Wales and Scotland, Nick and Marlen must rapidly retrieve three Objects of Power before Vere can find them and use the hidden objects in her most potent spell — one that could destroy the world!
About Alexandra MacKenzie
Alexandra (Alex) MacKenzie is a writer and scientific illustrator from the Pacific Northwest who is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She has several short story publications, most recently in Abyss & Apex, and is the illustrator for the book In My Nature: A Birder’s Year at the Montlake Fill. [MORE]
"MacKenzie (who illustrated In My Nature), introduces Nick Watson, a London police sergeant who gets a bad case of déjà vu while interrogating a petty thief going by the single name of Marlen. The fellow swears he's an immortal mage, that he was only trying to retrieve a magical object that could be used to destroy mankind, and that he and previous versions of Nick have been buddies for 500 years. Then Nick is offered a job with a super-secret British spy agency run by his uncle, and it turns out they'd very much like to know more about mages in general, and this one in particular. Like it or not, Nick must accompany Marlen on a quest to recover two other key artifacts and defeat an evil plot. As if that weren't enough, Marlen has a secret: he and Nick have been a lot more than friends. From this unlikely premise, MacKenzie spins a charming and original urban fantasy that carries her sure-footed heroes through a maze of refreshing characters and laugh-out-loud revelations." — Publishers Weekly
"The book arrived a few days ago and I'm half way through it already. It's a delight. When I hit p. 83 (I think) I was particularly amused when Ed Kelly was identified as Edward Kelly, the one-time associate of Dr. Dee, "court wizard" of the Elizabethan era. That would mean he had to have known an ancestor of my own - Sir Kenelm Digby - another wizard of that circle. It is always very entertaining when fiction crosses over into realities of people or places that coincidentally have a personal connection for the reader." — Toby Grace
"Light as the finest pastry, with a dark chocolate depth of feeling at its core, IMMORTAL QUEST is a fast-paced frolic, a distinctly different form of romantic romp.” — Caroline Stevermer, author of “A College of Magics”
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