Rebecca is in a nightmare. Can magic save her and those she loves?
10 quests. If one fails, all fail. And one will never return. … Now it’s Rebecca’s turn.
On the eve of Rebecca Martin’s eighteenth birthday, fate throws her into a mysterious and thrilling adventure. Bounced around like a pinball in a machine, where time is fluid and death does not exist, Rebecca must survive to discover her magical destiny to save her entire family and the boy she loves.
into Simon the cat so that he could manipulate Rebecca often exhausted his
patience. Through icy blue eyes, from his position on the cold stone floor,
James Simon Russell watched his granddaughter hurry down the corridor toward
Professor Kell’s classroom until she was safely inside and on time. She would
have been late had he not intervened.
years had been more difficult than he’d expected. So many ways a young girl
could go wrong when she was away from home, as he well knew. He’d had very
little sleep last night, curled up in the corner by the door just outside her
room, ensuring she did not escape for any reason.
Cliffs Academy resembled a nineteenth century boarding school more than a
twenty-first century one.
experience at Gray Cliffs was different from the other students from the very
first day. Nothing incongruent that actually happened here caused Rebecca to
question her own experiences. She believed her Gray Cliffs experience was the
same as all the others.
connection to the outside world at all. She wasn’t here to mess around online
with her friends or call to chat or watch hours of television or anything else.
None of that nonsense. None at all.
boarding schools everywhere: to prepare the students for adult life. With one
important difference. Not all of the students were aware that Mortal and Magic
coexisted here, as they did everywhere in the world.
at Gray Cliffs, but the opposite was not true. Magic always knew Mortal well,
and Magic students were forbidden from exposing mere mortals to any Magic
activities. Penalties for violating the Laws of Magic were severe, and the
Counsel of Elders rarely needed to invoke them.
their Magic orientation. Most students learned their true natures during their
four years at the school. A few were particularly stubborn though, and refused
to see themselves as they were. Those students would not graduate from Gray
Cliffs’ Magic stream. They were condemned to a Mortal life.
granddaughter. Magic was strong within her. He would not allow her to throw her
Rebecca experienced. He’d placed the school on an isolated mountain peak
surrounded by deep ravines, instead of the lovely island where Gray Cliffs was
actually located. Using such Magic, he’d kept his granddaughter a virtual
prisoner, under his constant surveillance since she’d arrived at Gray Cliffs.
It hadn’t been easy.
fitting in too well. He’d handled the problem swiftly and permanently. At this
point, she was miserable and afraid of her own shadow, desperate to escape.
Which was exactly what he wanted.
brought there to make friends. She was there to learn what she needed to know
and then to leave. Nothing more and nothing less. She went nowhere and did
nothing unless he allowed it.
her aunt all those years ago. He knew that now. He’d relied on Headmaster
Auster. Auster had failed. He wouldn’t be allowed another chance to screw up
with another member of his family.
much at stake. If Rebecca chose Magic, Russell’s family could be saved. If she
chose Mortal, everyone he loved would be doomed for all eternity.
Gray Cliffs were unfolding according to the rules the elders had established
before she was born.
should have discovered her Magic long before now, of course. She should have
realized and embraced her Magic powers before the rooftop. She was born with
Magic DNA, like all of his family. As her life had developed, no matter how
many Magic opportunities and experiences she’d encountered, she’d never allowed
herself to make the leap away from the mortal reality her parents had instilled
in her. Russell blamed Olivia and Jake Martin for the entire catastrophe. The
blame was well placed.
were watching him before he transported to the roof for one last check on
conditions before her final test began. Once there, he transformed to a normal
man. He needed to stretch.
once more. She would face a series of bewildering challenges: Situations and
events that defied logic or reason would be presented to her in fluid time
without warning or explanation. Each challenge was based on her prior
experiences remixed by the magic he used to change them.
machine, bouncing from one strange experience to the next, until she recognized
the origin of a particular memory.
Magic applied to it, adapt to the situation, and survive each challenge in
succession. Or she could simply complete the test successfully at any time by
applying her own vast Magic powers.
use it to return to Gray Cliffs, safer and wiser. If she didn’t pass the
test? Russell shook off that possibility. Failure was not an option. If she
failed, she’d be as good as dead.
whether she knew it or not.
make the choice upon which her family’s survival depended. Would she choose
to live as Magic or Mortal? She could not be both.
rightfully belonged to her mother on the Council of Elders. His daughter,
Olivia had thrown their family’s future away. His granddaughter, Rebecca had
the power to redeem them all.
and Russell had given his word. The First Law of Magic still had to be honored:
Rebecca must exercise her own free will to make her choice.
Russell became Simon the cat once again. He transported back to wait patiently
in the corridor near Professor Kell’s classroom. When the class ended, Rebecca
would answer the headmaster’s summons.
the most important test of her life.