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An Opening Door

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Synopsis

This book is the first in a trilogy about magic in the modern world. It mixes mythology and wild action sequences with sharp and often humorous dialogue. Not just lighthearted, it also deals with anxiety, bereavement and the dysfunctionality of modern family life.

The main characters are Sam and Ethan, two 13 year old boys who live in a small seaside town on Cornwall's South Coast. They meet for the first time and are thrown headlong into a magical adventure that most certainly does not involve a ring, fauns or wands.

Swearing happens but most of the bad words have been bleeped out. Feel free to fill in the blanks, or turn it into a family guessing game. If you ever bump into me , I'll tell you what they are (provided that you sign a disclaimer first).

When Sam and Ethan stepped through the Hedge, better known as the village eyesore, they didn’t realize the old man watching them would soon become their greatest ally—and change the course of their lives irrevocably. Neither would they understand the fierce battle they were soon to become a part of. Welcome to a day in the life of modern mages.


Set in modern times with a bit of a magical twist, An Opening Door plucks a pair of young men from their otherwise small spheres and places the weight of the entire world in their hands. Given only minimal direction and a stern command that the Guard Stones must be protected, Ethan and Sam must face whatever it is weakening the barrier between Earth and Myrrl.


Sam will learn that the struggles he faces with a demanding stepmother pale in comparison to a fight with creatures he’s never faced or even seen before. And while Ethan may be used to the odd way his mother behaves, maybe she’s on to more of what’s going on in the world than he’d like to admit.


An Opening Door hardly qualifies as your typical magic story. There aren’t pages of explanation or even a bunch of crazy names and terms to remember. But that’s what makes it so easy to read and come back to if you only have a few minutes to read a chapter or two. Now, grammar-focused readers may find it difficult to overlook the rough-draft nature of the piece. However, this reader found those quirks to be similar to the way in which someone would tell a story in person, out loud.


If you’re looking for an easy read and a fascinating series to get into, look no further than An Opening Door. Learn what mages are, who Golem is, and what exactly a Scooby face is in this lighthearted yet thoughtful beginning to what promises to be an exciting series. This reader will be looking for the second installment, so catch up and find out what happens to Sam, Ethan, their families—and the fate of the world as we know it. 

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I am and always have been an avid reader. I love recommending a good book, no matter what the genre. I believe reading is a way to continue learning about life and the world around us.

Synopsis

This book is the first in a trilogy about magic in the modern world. It mixes mythology and wild action sequences with sharp and often humorous dialogue. Not just lighthearted, it also deals with anxiety, bereavement and the dysfunctionality of modern family life.

The main characters are Sam and Ethan, two 13 year old boys who live in a small seaside town on Cornwall's South Coast. They meet for the first time and are thrown headlong into a magical adventure that most certainly does not involve a ring, fauns or wands.

Swearing happens but most of the bad words have been bleeped out. Feel free to fill in the blanks, or turn it into a family guessing game. If you ever bump into me , I'll tell you what they are (provided that you sign a disclaimer first).

Misery Loves Company

Clear green eyes staring cynically, the old man examined himself in the mirror. He carefully lifted one hand, ran it through his short iron grey hair, all the while watching the movements of his reflection, making sure that it copied his own exactly. After all, it wouldn’t have been the first time he’d looked at one, only to find something else staring back at him.

A wry grin spread across his face and he used a soft cloth to wipe the remaining soap from behind his prominent ears before folding it and placing it down next to the matching razor, shaving brush, soap and mug.

A quick check of his pocket watch told him that he was late, so he hastily changed into his modern-day clothes and rushed through the building, grabbing his gas mask bag, flat cap, pipe and walking stick.

When he was finally ready, he stepped through and slammed the front doors behind him and pulling his flat cap firmly down to shield his eyes from the sun, he set off, his bag across one shoulder and walking stick held out like a weapon. He marched across the lawn, down a gravel path and then disappeared through a large gap in the hedge.

A peaceful silence descended, broken by the loud thunk of the front door lock and a noticeable rustle as the branches of the hedge closed over the hole, sealing it up completely.

About the author

Paul was spawned in an incubation vat in the UK. At school he majored in looking like he was paying attention whilst actually daydreaming. Always an avid reader, he consumes vast quantities of literature, mostly Fantasy and SF, but he blames Monty Python for making him read all of Marcel Proust. view profile

Published on June 26, 2020

110000 words

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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