I have a new book out now in the Kindle edition and soon to come out as a trade paperback. Its title is A Mix of Magics, and it is the third book in the Arucadi: The Beginning series. When I started working on it, I expected that series to be a trilogy, and that this book would complete it. But as I approached the ending, I decided I’d need a fourth book to complete the series. However, as I don’t like cliffhanger endings, the story in this novel is complete. And here’s the cover art:
Quite a few characters from Mistress of the Wind and Bringers of Magic appear in the novel, so although I’ve tried to supply all the information a reader will need who reads this book, it will be clearer to those who have read the first two books. But, I repeat, the story told in this novel is complete.
Here’s the blurb from the book’s back cover:
Old friends reunite. A childless couple adopts an orphaned infant. The Gifted Community gathers to celebrate the baby’s Naming-Day. At that most joyful time disaster strikes!
An old enemy, bent on vengeance, kidnaps the child and her nursemaid. The Community must pool its magical powers to defeat the evil one. Their several abilities all unleashed against him should easily overcome a solitary foe. But …
Egos clash. Powers collide. Tempers flare. Buried fears surface to paralyze the power wielder. Despair leeches strength. Death looms over them all.
If they cannot cooperate and learn to work together, they are doomed!
*Spoiler alert* If you haven’t read Bringers of Magic, you may want to skip the next paragraph.
Readers of Bringers of Magic will recall how Ed Robbins discovered that the idyllic place created in his mind as an escape from the abuse he endured from his cruel father turned out to be real and a refuge he could actually flee to in times of danger. At the conclusion of Bringers of Magic Ed takes Jerome Esterville to the land and leaves him there where the hate-filled man can do no more harm. A Mix of Magics begins five years after the events of Bringers of Magic. During those five years Jerome has destroyed Ed’s beautiful land, turning it into a barren desert.But while the land has deteriorated to the point of devastation, Jerome has grown stronger, his magic powers have increased, and along with them his hatred and desire for vengeance.
When baby Dreama and her wet nurse vanish at the conclusion of the baby’s Naming-Day ceremony, Marta knows immediately that Jerome is behind their disappearance. She, Ed, Kyla, and Veronica all understand how dangerous Jerome is. But most members of the Community have never come up against such evil and don’t know how to combat it. As all the members try to marshal their powers for a concerted attack on Jerome, they find themselves getting in each other’s way, losing their tempers, not knowing how to apply their magical gifts, giving way to discouragement and despair. They must learn to cooperate and have faith in one another if they are to have any hope of defeating Jerome, rescuing little Dreama, and saving themselves.
Find the Kindle edition of this novel here.
The cover art above is by Gail S. Dark. The other images all come from Dreamstime.