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About the Author

Carmen Webster Buxton was born in Honolulu, HI and experienced a childhood on the move, as her father was in the US Navy. She has been a librarian, a teacher, a project manager, a wife, and a mother, although not in that order.  She now lives in Maryland with her husband, her daughter, and a cat with the unlikely name of Carbomb. She writes science fiction, mostly set in the far future, and the occasional fantasy.The Sixth Discipline was her first novel to be published as an ebook, and its sequel No Safe Haven was published shortly after it. Tribes and Shades of Empire are two novels set in the ThreeCon universe, and Where Magic Rules is her only published fantasy.

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  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cracked Mirror Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V6MCLG
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,945 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Carmen Webster Buxton was born in Honolulu and experienced a childhood on the move, as her father was in the US Navy. She now lives in Maryland with her husband Charlie, a beagle named Cosmo, and a yellow cat with the unlikely name of Carbomb. She writes science fiction and romance, mostly set in the far future, and the occasional fantasy. She has several books out on the Kindle, including THE SIXTH DISCIPLINE and its sequel NO SAFE HAVEN. TRIBES, SHADES OF EMPIRE, and THE NOSTALGIA GAMBIT are in her ThreeCon series; these books are set in a shared universe but do not share any characters. WHERE MAGIC RULES (a novella) is her only published fantasy. KING OF TREES crosses genres, as it is a time travel/alternate history/science fiction novel with fantasy overtones. SARONNA'S GIFT is her first book to be available as a paperback as well as an ebook, and the first romance.

Carmen often blogs about ereaders, digital publishing, writing, and speculative fiction. Visit her blog to see what's coming out next! To send her feedback on her books, send email to carmen.webster.buxton (at) gmail.com.

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This story exemplifies what's smart, and great, about giving away your material. I'd never heard of Carmen Webster Buxton, but I love fantasy and science fiction, so I thought I'd take a chance. (Really, though, how much of a chance is it to download something free? If it had been awful, like so many others, the only thing it would have cost me is my time, and not much of that.)
The story hooked me pretty quickly, which is no great feat in an experienced writer. However, it kept me hooked, which IS difficult when you have an omnivorous reader looking at your work with a jaundiced eye. I've downloaded so many books lately that start off well, but disintegrate a little ways in - it's a real joy to discover a new author who holds her ground throughout.
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I am not skilled enough to critique all the elements in a story. I simply base my reviews on my overall impression at the end of the story, and I liked this one. Our hero, Joe, passes through a portal to a land of magic. Keeping this land balanced, however, is essential to the well being of our world. Our heroine, Phillp, has innate magic, of which she is unaware. But a black mage recognized it and placed a masculinity spell on her so she would be distracted enough not to realize she can be a powerful force. When she is captured, the Great Mage recognizes her potential and sends her on an assignment with Joe to find six dragon scales. They are successful in their quest (loved the dragon), but Joe is captured on the return trip. Magic vs non-magic is not a fair fight. But Phillip saves the day. They return to the Great Mage who had ulterior motives for sending them on this mission. It is a short story and I enjoyed it.
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This fantasy is a change for Carmen, whose previous two novels were science fiction. An Army Reserve soldier, Joseph Andrews, has mysteriously been whisked into another universe where magic works, but they still can't conjure up a cup of coffee. It seems that coffee is the item most missed in works featuring travelers in time and other world. (Running water and flush toilets would be my most wanted feature.) Obviously, the reason that fantasy worlds are medieval is that their creators make them so, but perhaps that makes sense. The people with the power, wizards and so forth, have no need of technology, and the ordinary people, who could use it, don't have the support to develop it. There is an argument that the reason for the development in technology in Europe is that in monasteries, the people who did the work also made the decisions, and so they had an interest in technology that slave-owners or people with lots of servants didn't. I can see a couple of potential holes in that hypothesis, but it's an interesting thought.

The story is sword-and-sorcery; the society is broken up into fiefdoms run by wizards and Joe ends up working for an embattled wizard on the sword side of operations where his military training in unarmed combat is invaluable. Touched by the youth of an opposing soldier, he disobeys orders and goes out into the battle field and rescues him only to find he/she appears to be a woman who insists that she is a man named Phillip. It is at this point that the Wizard reminds him that the difference between himself and the Dark Lords is that he is a benevolent despot, but he's still a despot.

He orders Joe and Phillip out on a quest to find dragon scales for a potion, and perhaps for other purposes.
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Joseph Andrews, an Army Reserve officer, ends up crossing from modern day Illinois to a fantasy world of mages and dragons.

Joe disobeys the Mage to rescue Phillip, a boy from the enemy's camp he sees fall during the fight. Little does he realize she is actually a girl and the amulet she wears makes her deathly afraid of Joe. The Mage casts a spell on Phillip to overcome the enchantment of the amulet. The Mage tells Joe he has to take care of Phillip, so they can get to know one another because he has a plan for both of them. After three weeks, the Mage sends them on a quest to obtain six dragon scales.

The cover is great. I loved the dragon, it had me cracking up. A nice little love story. It was an easy read and got my interest from the beginning. If this wasn't free, I probably would have passed on it. I had never heard of Carmen before, but I will definitely be looking out for her books now.
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What stands out for me is how deeply I got into the the story. I don't know when it happened, but word by word I went deeper and deeper into a wonderful world of magic. It was not always safe, but not many quests are. That is what makes the journey worthwhile. That, and the dragon.

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My standards are very high because I have done a lot of reading. When I compare Where Magic Rules to all the books I have ever read this is where is lands.

I give this work 3.5 stars. It is definitely fun entertaining and worth the read.

Rating system

5 = Moby Dick, or Treasure Island
4 = Outlander, or the Stand
3 = The Body in the Library, or The Dain Curse
2 = How to Manuals
1 = Cereal Boxes
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