Briana, daughter of the Archimage had vanished.
Fig Newton summoned a demon to help find her.
Too bad it was a succubus, a seductive devourer of men.
Some time had passed since Briana and Fig had saved the Earth from sinister aliens (as told in the Archimage's Fourth Daughter). Together, they struggled to put together a "magic show" that would provide them enough money on which to get by.
Fig was infatuated by Briana, but, as she explained, she loved him like a brother. Briana was homesick, a fish out of water on the Earth and longing for home on a distant world, one for which the crafts of thuaumaturgy, alchemy, magic, sorcery, and wizardry were common.
Briana vanishes, and Fig's pursuit to find her takes him to the Gates of Hell in central Asia, the catacombs of Paris, cold, drab modern Moscow, and a place to which no mortal had ever travelled before.
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About the Author
Lyndon Hardy (1941- ) Author, prankster, grandfather
He became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech. In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards. As of yet, he has not figured out a plot line for a stamp collector who saves the world.
He published three fantasy novels for Ballantine/Del Rey in the 1980's
Master of the Five Magics - 1980
Secret of the Sixth Magic - 1984
Riddle of the Seven Realms - 1988
The first edition of these books are no longer in print, but when they were, over 600,000 copies were sold.
While at CalTech, in 1961 he organized and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled - The Rose Bowl Card Stunt Caper.
He lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, California. Together they have two daughters and four living grandchildren.
Lyndon Hardy was born in Los Angeles, and except for a few years spent in Texas while growing up, has lived in California all his life. He received a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and a PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966.
For 30 years he worked at TRW helping to build ground station software for satellites. After retiring from aerospace, he cofounded a software consulting firm, Alodar Systems, specializing in business processes, ERP solutions, and application integration. In 2016, he retired the company and began a new full time career of writing. Time will tell if he still has any gas left in the tank.
Table of Contents
Part 1 What Was
Part 2 What Is
Part 3 What might be