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- Print Length: 365 pages
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- Publisher: Magespace Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UGBEQYY
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Dr. Alistair Stone is an academician, a professor of Occult Studies, who hasn't done much magic in recent years (distracted by professordom & a girlfriend who doesn't believe in magic). He loves teaching, loves magic, and has a reasonably mundane life (for a mage). He feels very much like an ordinary guy (because, face it, ordinary people all have quirks), rather than a lone crusader against the darkness. He's not a "hero," just a guy who steps up when he discovers there's something going on that no one else can do anything about--except (maybe) him. But then, that's how heroes are born... *Note: Even on his best days, his WORST suit is battle magic
Complicating life as a professor, love-life with a woman who doesn't believe in magic, and trying to help out the people who need him, Dr. Stone lands an innocent apprentice who is at a particularly vulnerable place in life (no dad, mom is dying of illness). Everything is going relatively well until the darkness Alistair Stone has been hunting starts hunting him--and his apprentice.
Alistair Stone feels a lot like Sherlock Holmes in that he is academically minded: Give him a puzzle and he will go to insane lengths to solve it (gradually becoming emotionally invested in those he's trying to help/save). Damsel in distress, meh. He isn't the black-and-white type but he's generally a good guy. He knows his limits and generally knows better than to push himself over the edge. He's not the defiant, conflicted, or dynamic sort. Just an introspective Brit who enjoys California and ONLY helps because someone has to... with a balance of academic interest and slightly detached personal concern. (General notes written after reading book 1 & book 2)
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