On the String

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eBookIt.com, Oct 30, 2020 - Fiction - 400 pages

The sixth instalment in the Magic Crystals series, following the climactic events of 'The Cloak of Steel'.


Fresh off their victory over the evil Arnold Hammerson, John and his friends are left to rest and recuperate from their labours while the Sorcerers set about healing the world of its many war wounds.


However their victory is short-lived, as a new threat quickly arises and strikes back, stealing all their magic, destroying their sanctuaries, and magically warping the minds of many to fall in line.


Through nothing but luck, John and five of his friends are the only survivors, and must now resist their foe with no allies, no shelter, and no magic of any kind.


Their only good fortune is that the new enemy does not wish for their deaths, but intends to manipulate them into joining them of their own free will.


As the small band of rebels is left to dangle on the string of fate, the odds stack up wildly against them, and discord is sown among them in an attempt to loosen their resolve.


Yet in spite of all of this, they are able to cause serious problems for the adversary, and ultimately to find that the key to victory may lie in the not too distant past.


 

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Contents

Prologue
The Last Resistance
Struggle of Wills
In the Not Too Distant Past
Preparations for Battle
The Greatest Struggle of All Begins
Epilogue
The Magic Crystals Series
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About the author (2020)

Stephen Hayes lives and writes in Melbourne, Australia. Having been born partially blind in 1986 and lost his limited vision in 2000, he started writing stories at the age of eight, winning the Harold Dickinson Memorial Australian Literary Competition for a short story about a haunted house at the age of eleven. He completed his first novella in Braille at fourteen and by sixteen, had completed the first draft of 'The Seventh Sorcerer'.


Since 2002, Stephen has allowed his imagination to run wild with The Magic Crystals saga; sometimes pushing boundaries that today's somewhat moral society deem to sweep under the carpet. Although classified as fantasy genre due mainly to the prominent magic component, Stephen's writing also includes a good balance of drama, mystery, romance, humour, and he isn't afraid to address controversial moral issues.


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