Sapphire Magic: Breaking Glass is the second book in the Magic Series. In House of Silver Magic I established that James and Ezekiel Howard built the house in 1920 and lived there together until the start of the Second World War. They had lived in the British Isles for at least four thousand years, having brought the mysterious Source with them from Mesopotamia
James created the six Dees as house guardians. They were designed as simple creatures that would be happy with their lot. Confined to the house, they had their own pocket universes to keep them amused when they had no duties to perform. But the Source intervened when he created Glass and alone of the Dees she became almost human. Though reflecting light like mercury in the human world, in her own world she looked like a pretty teenage girl and longed to cross the boundary and explore outside.
In Silver Magic, James’s children are pitted against those who used the magic the Source created for evil. Any precious metal or stone left in the house became magical and the Source encouraged the sale of those items out into the world. In humans, each piece would grant (in part) that person’s strongest desire. The Dees were convinced that silver did not work for them because they had tried it and nothing happened. But then, they had no desires at the time except to guard the house.
When Glass is gifted a Sapphire ring, she finds she can leave the house through reflections and is drawn to a special mirror in a mansion many miles away. There she slowly loses her powers as a Dees and becomes a human, filled with teenage emotions and desires. The Source, which is a subtle and sneaky entity, had sent her there to protect it and to make the choice to become human or remain Dees.
This time the guardians of the Source must confront big business. They face powerful men who can manipulate the world without magic, but will use it as they use everything; as if it is their God given right. We meet old villains and friends from Silver Magic as Glass struggles to figure out what it is to be human and what it means to fall in love.
Jalia on the Road is the first of a series of novels that follows the adventures of Jalia al’Dare and Daniel al’Deggar as they travel to the great but fading cities that dot the world of Jalon.
Jalia was educated in the best school in Bagdor. Daughter of a wealthy businessman, she socialised with the sons and daughters of the nobility. Born of a mysterious blonde mother, her sudden death turned Jalia wild and uncontrollable.
When you are born lucky and naturally gifted, it inevitable that people will start to hate you. Add exotic good looks and a tendency to go looking for trouble to the mix and nothing good can come of it. When her father dies on a mission to make a fortune out of borrowed money, there is nobody she can turn to but herself. It’s inevitable that she’d end up on the road.
Daniel’s father was the greatest swordsman Delbon had ever seen, captain of the King’s Guard and highly respected. When Daniel is born he abandons his calling to begin life anew as a farmer, a life which allows him to devote much of his time to training Daniel in the martial arts. But farming is backbreaking work that Daniel’s older brother, Yousef, loathes. When there parents are taken by sickness, Yousef sells the farm to start a new life trading the Golden Triangle and Daniel tags along.
Fate has nothing to do with what happens next. The world’s most famous prophet, some says Jalon’s only true prophet, takes a hand in the game from beyond the grave. A promise made 800 years before is carried out by the most dangerous of the Fairie and a dagger already enchanted is changed in its purpose. Not even the Fairie know what they have done with that simple act.
That change saves Daniel’s life and put him on a collision course with Jalia al’Dare. The two will start off as acquaintances and end as lovers, if Daniel can survive knowing Jalia, that is.
Jalia does things because she can while Daniel does things because they are right. He tempers her ruthlessness with compassion; she forces him to take a stand where his instincts would be to walk away. Individually, they are formidable, as a team they are unstoppable.
So if you like your adventurers adventuresome and have ever wondered what the Three Musketeers would have been like in a world where magic lurks in small but powerful doses then the Jalia stories are for you.
Come and join Jalia and Daniel as they change the world they live in, one villain at a time.