Imagine a world where history and nature took a slightly different path … Harold won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the DNA spiral is left-handed, dragons are real, werewolves can get a pension, electricity doesn't work … and magic does.
England is a twenty-first century world of steam buggies and airships, a world in which magic is the science that binds the fabric of society. This science could offer a great future for its students, including sixteen-year-old Garreth Aldredge.
In The Other Side of Magik, Garreth, along with Danny, his double in the parallel universe that is our universe, are sucked into each other’s world because a Mandrake needs a body to inhabit, a body that is impervious to magic.
Can Wizard Emeritus Salamander Ord save Danny from being inhabited by the soul of an evil Mandrake, and return Garreth and Danny to their rightful worlds?
There is an alternative reality to the universe we know and understand. A very close and similar reality that is almost exactly the same, almost normal and familiar … except for some minor deviations. History there took a slightly different path.
The Other Side of Magik is a mesmerising story that may just be true … if you allow yourself to believe.
Born in Manchester, England, Michael Lingaard spent his formative years in New Zealand. He is now an engineer in Australia. He has written three other science fiction novels.
Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/MichaelLingaard
|Publisher:||Strategic Book Group, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)|
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Other Side of Magik: The First Tale of the Mirror Worlds by Michael Lingaard is the story of two parallel worlds whose fate is in the hands of two teenage boys. Danny is from twenty-first century England where his life is so ordinary that it's a bit boring, while Garreth is from old fashioned Angland, a parallel world where in 1066 Harold won the battle of Hastings and put events on a different path. As Theolonia concocts a plan to resurrect her mandrake brother by having him possess a body impervious to magic, a spell brings Danny into Angland and sends Garreth back in his place. Danny turns to Wizard Salamander Ord for help to stop the mandrake's plan and save both worlds. Michael Lingaard has set up intriguing worlds that mirror each other, but have very noticeable differences: one is the world that we know today while the other has carriages and is run by magic. Danny and Garreth are from different histories, but they're reflections of each other so they're able to fit almost flawlessly into each other's world and even find a place with the other's family. Garreth and Danny both feel out of place. Danny battles with a lot of expectations that people have for him, but he doesn't know where he's going in life, while Garreth has a dream of working his way up the magic ladder which crashes down when he's told that he failed. Through their switch, they're able to actually discover what their place is in their own world. Most of the characters involved are from Garreth's world so they're magic based, from wizards to werewolves, and are incredibly charming. Theolonia is a layered character haunted by her brother and, though she's enacting an evil plan of bringing him back, she still maintains an air of sympathy about her. The Other Side of Magik is a coming of age adventure with humor and charm, magic and dragons, and the fun of parallel worlds.