Volume one of the Pelarian Multiverse Chronicle

Ruth Watson, a divorced, single mother, is job-hunting after being made redundant from a top marketing agency. She answers a vague advertisement in a national newspaper and during an interview she finds herself accidentally transported to another world – in what is known as the Pelarian multiverse.

The world of Lantira is the focal point in the multiverse for 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 parallels 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 - 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, 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.

The Guardians were given both their power and their duty, along with the extraordinary Locus Crystals that enable them to travel between universes and worlds, by the now vanished race of beings called Pelarians. The Pelarians also established the Security Council and the role of Mage Prime, a multi-talented and extraordinarily powerful mage who has the ability to control all magic users or talents. Unfortunately the last Mage Prime disappeared nearly two thousand years ago before finding a successor. The Security Council knows that a Mage Prime is the only person who can halt the advance of the Selador Sorceresses and has been searching for the right person for many years.

Ruth Watson is identified as the new Mage Prime.

Temporarily stranded on Lantira, Ruth is about to refuse the role when she and the Guardians discover that, in order to stop her becoming the Mage Prime, the Selador Sorceresses have kidnapped her son, Will, and hidden him somewhere in the six sets of parallel universes that make up the multiverse. Ruth realises that she has no choice but to learn her new trade and help the Guardians overcome the Sorceresses if she is to find Will and get him back safely.

In the process of mastering her powers she discovers what loyalty and trust really mean. She is helped by the members of the Security Council including – Orselon, the Head of the College of Wizards, Richard, Duke of Bardshelm and leader of the council, Gillano the deadly but foppish spy, Thomas Dextermann the remote seneschal who is also a shape changing humorph, the beautiful faerie Amariel, as well as the troubled Gramas, and the head of the order of the Loci – Mycele. She also meets and befriends people like the down to earth housekeeper, Berta, and the loyal but inept page, Todi, among many others.

In time she and the Guardians overcome the Sorceresses but in doing so, Ruth finally accepts that she cannot return to her former life. She is truly the Mage Prime of the multiverse.

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