Pittsburgh astrophysics professor Milo Stanford finally had it good for a change. A one-year sabbatical to teach in London and a beautiful new girlfriend. No worries to speak of--until the day he lost it all.
Caught outside in a freak thunderstorm, Milo is struck by lightning and wakes up on the parallel world of Alter Telluria. Unable to return home, Milo must adjust to life on a new planet of nation-states that are ruled by supernatural beings, a strange, pseudo-Victorian culture, and a pantheon of dark gods who delight in wreaking havoc on the lives of the local denizens.
While struggling to adapt to his new situation, Milo is offered a position in the Scholar's Tower by the vampire ruler Sania, Mistress of Lake Gulia. Despite his abrasive personality and lack of deference, he quickly rises to become one of her most trusted advisors.
When the ruling wizard of neighboring Carthusia kidnaps Sania in an attempted coup, Milo is chosen to lead a hazardous rescue mission into the stronghold of the wizard's indomitable magic--where the dark gods are certain to test his mettle.
Can Milo rescue Sania and restore her as ruler of Lake Gulia, or do the dark gods of Alter Telluria have other plans?
|Publisher:||Barking Rain Press|
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About the Author
Levenson holds a degree in physics and writes prolifically about everything from fictional works to radiative-convective models of planetary atmospheres. He speaks French, Spanish, Russian, German, New Testament Greek, and Japanese (though, he confesses, not well enough to converse with native speakers). Mr. Levenson is married to genre poet Elizabeth Penrose and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he confuses everybody by being both a born-again Christian and a liberal Democrat. Find out more about Barton at his website, www.bartonpaullevenson.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pittsburgh author and longtime Parsec member Barton Paul Levenson’s new fantasy, The Dark Gods of Alter Telluria, is an entertaining romp through a familiar yet very different secondary world. Reminiscent of a ramped-up A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the novel’s premise also has a ring of Edgar Rice Burroughs in that the protagonist is whisked away from Earth to the world of Alter Telluria by mysterious, unexplained means. Which just adds to the fun. Milo Stanford is a lapsed Christian astrophysics professor, working in London on sabbatical. After his new girlfriend breaks up with him, he wanders into a thunderstorm with his trusty electric guitar, sad and dispirited at the breakup. Suddenly, he’s struck by lightning, ending up in Alter Telluria. Dead? Dreaming? Hallucinating? Not so fast. Alter Telluria is real and is a mostly feudal, British-type society with some differences. For example - each country is ruled by a supernatural being – vampires, witches, wizards, among others. And magic is real. A 14 year-old vampire (though really much, much older), Sania, Mistress of Lake Gulia, attempts to make a befuddled Milo her thrall but, it turns out, most magic doesn’t work on the man from another world. As a result, Milo is initially made the court musician because of his guitar-playing skills but, eventually is promoted to wizard, much to his chagrin. His attempts to explain real science to Sania’s retainers often fall on deaf, incredulous ears, but some slowly start to come around to his way of thinking and become his friends. When Sania is kidnapped by a rival magician who rules a neighboring country, Milo has to go into action to rescue her. But not before falling in love, regaining his faith, and battling the Dark Gods who rule the land. And, in the process, a sinister secret is uncovered about the Gods. Though starting out slowly, the book picks up steam as it progresses, full of humor, one-liners, action, and ruminations on religion and science. A fun read. Larry Ivkovich