100 Books to Rebuild Civilization in 10 Categories

February 5th, 2015  / Author: G.L. Breedon

end of the world books

Been too busy for blogging of late. The day job ate up too much time and I’d much prefer to spend the remaining time with my wife or editing The Pilgrim Star than writing a blog. The editing is going far slower than I’d hoped. With the holidays and the workload of the last job, I have hardly managed any editing in December and January. However, Episode 1 is done and I’m halfway through editing episode 2. I had hoped to have the novel out this summer, but I now think I’ll be lucky to get it out by September or October. But, I’m fine with that. I’d rather take my time and be completely satisfied with the result than rush to meet an arbitrary deadline.

I’m hoping the workload of the current job will allow time for blogging and writing. I have a little thought experiment I think would make a good series of blog posts.

A few months ago I came across an article about The Long Now Foundation and the Manual for Civilization library they are creating:

The Manual for Civilization is a crowd-curated collection of the 3500 books you would most want to sustain or rebuild civilization. It is also the library at The Interval, with about 1000 books on shelves floor-to-ceiling throughout the space. We are about a third of the way done with compiling the list and acquiring selected the titles.

We have a set of four categories to guide selections:
Cultural Canon: Great works of literature, nonfiction, poetry, philosophy, etc
Mechanics of Civilization: Technical knowledge, to build and understand things
Rigorous Science Fiction: Speculative stories about potential futures
Long-term Thinking, Futurism, and relevant history (Books on how to think about the future that may include surveys of the past)

There are already several lists of book from well-known writers to add to the library.

Reading the lists, I became possessed of the desire to create my own list of books to rebuild civilization after some unspecified apocalypse. I’ve decided to limit the number of books on my list to 100. 100 Actual books that you could go and buy and bury in your backyard. About what you can easily store in a well-sealed oil drum. And while I’ve reduced the number of books on my list, I’ve expanded the number of categories. They are:

100 Books to Rebuild Civilization in 10 Categories of 10 Books Each

  1. Science
  2. Reference
  3. Practical Living
  4. History
  5. Art
  6. Religion
  7. Literature
  8. Drama
  9. Poetry
  10. Philosophy

The plan is to devote one blog to each section of suggested books with explanations for why I selected each one. A list like this is inevitably a personal projection of preferences and fears. What do I value? What do I think should be the basis for rebuilding a civilization from scratch? What do I think constitutes civilization? What books do I know well enough to suggest? I noticed that some the books lists for the Manual of Civilization library read more like lists of personal favorites than serious lists of what a future people trying to rebuild a world civilization from the ashes might need to read. I’m planning on making my lists as practical as possible, but personal quirks will naturally them questionable in some sections.

It’s a fun thought experiment that I can work on as time allows between the day job and editing the novel. I’ll post the first one soon.

Writing Update

November 14th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon



(Placeholder cover for the new novel until my wife and I have time to design a new one.)

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to blog. While working on the new novel, I simply didn’t have the time, and then the day job resumed and ate up even more time.

The first draft of the new novel is finished and I’m working on editing. It’s called The Pilgrim Star and is the first installment of an epic sword and sorcery opera called The Realms of Shadow and Grace. The novel is written in seven episodes, each between 30-45,000 words long. The whole thing around 255,000 words just now, although I expect it to grow a bit as I add some supplementary material.

I’ve been thinking about and plotting this novel for the past three years while working on the YA books (The Wizard of Time & The Young Sorcerer’s Guild). It’s nice to finally be telling a story for adults on a large canvas.

I’d always planned on writing the story in large episode-like chapters, but wasn’t sure how to proceed. I envisioned some cross between Lost and Lord of the Rings. However, the success of the guys at Sterling and Stone in writing episode based fiction, structured like the episodes of a TV show, convinced me it was not only possible, but the best way to tell the story I had in mind. I’d describe it now more as Lost meets Game of Thrones. By which I mean it has a large cast with seven story arenas, and that while each episode features a primary and secondary storyline, every story arena gets some page time in each episode. In some ways a better comparison is Game of Thrones the Novel meets Game of Thrones the TV Show.

Reading the fourth and fifth GOT novels also provided inspiration. While I enjoyed the story, by the time I got to the end of the 800+ pages of the fourth novel only to discover that many of my favorite characters had not made an appearance, I felt cheated. I decided that there must be a way to tell a complicated story with a large cast on a vast scale, and still always find stage time for all the storylines. I think I’ve managed to do that.

Below is a brief synopsis of the story.

The Pilgrim Star (The Realms of Shadow and Grace – Book 1 – Episodes 1-7)

Tens of thousands of humans and other peoples throughout the realms are dreaming the same dream of the birth of a new star — a dream that foretells the resurrection of an ancient temple and heralds the arrival of a new god — a dream that instigates a pilgrimage to the Forbidden Realm and sparks a religious war that engulfs the lives of seven groups of unique people.

A priestess abandons her temple and faith to become a prophet and lead a pilgrimage across nations and oceans in search of the new god who speaks in her dreams and through her voice.

A prince turned monk must assume the throne of a dominion breaking under the weight of decades of sectarian religious war with its neighbors.

A seer, a woman able to perceive the true nature of reality and bend it to her will, finds herself in possession of an ancient book written in an unknown language and pursed by those who will kill to possess it.

A man with demons in his past, hiding in the woods, finds himself protecting a woman and a young girl from a band of soldiers intent on killing them both for reasons they will not divulge.

A scholar from a reptile like species called the Rakthor travels with a band of pilgrims carrying a stolen ancient mechanical artifact of the Urris, the first people of the world, the ones who enforce the ban on all who would attempt to enter the Forbidden Realm.

Three non-human scouts from three different realms hide within a carnival as it follows a band of pilgrims. The scouts try to discern the meaning of the dreams, the prophetess, the pilgrims, and what they all imply for the rulers of their respective lands.  When the group of travelers is caught between the armies of the sectarian religious war, they must abandon their mission in order to save a town and their fellow travelers.

An incredibly old man who cannot seem to die awakens each day in a different place in the world, drawn inexplicably to important people and events that he diligently records in a small, leather-bound book which always contains another empty page. The old man always awakens alone, no matter who might have been nearby the night before – until the day he wakes to find the young, mute boy he met the night before has traveled with him.

As pilgrims heading for the western coast of the Iron Realm risk murder at the hands of militias hunting heretics and bandits seeking easy prey, nations will go to war over long held personal and religious feuds and a new god will make herself felt in the world through inexplicable miracles. The high will fall, the low will rise, the sun will bleed, and the moons will weep as turmoil engulfs the whole of Onaia in The Reams of Shadow and Grace.


Obviously that’s a little wordy for the book blurb, but I figure I’m got a few months to whittle it down a bit. At this point, I’m hoping that I can manage to edit one episode a month. I’m not yet certain if I’ll release the individual episodes before I’m happy with all of them. I’m also not entirely certain what sort of release pattern I’ll eventually adopt.

Anyhoo – that’s what I’ve been up to. Writing and then working the day job and trying to edit at night. I’m also in the final proofing stages for my nonfiction book The Alchemy of World and Soul. I’m hoping to have it out at the end of the year or the beginning of 2015.

And hopefully I’ll find some time for actually blogging in the next few months.

The Wizard of Time Trilogy: Windsor Castle

September 19th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon



The Wizard of Time Trilogy: Windsor Castle

With the completion of the Wizard of Time Trilogy, I thought it would be fun to create a page about Windsor Castle, the home of the Council of Magic and Gabriel’s new home as the series begins. The new pages lives here.



The Wizard of Time Trilogy on Sale for $.99 Sept. 13-14

September 12th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

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The Wizard of Time Trilogy will be on sale at Amazon September 13-14 for the ridiculously low price of $.99. If you haven’t picked up the second and third books in the series, now is a chance to do so at a greatly reduced price.


The Wizard of Time Trilogy at Amazon for $.99

The Wizard of Time Trilogy in One Ebook

August 9th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

WOT Trilogy_ebook_1400

I’ve been too busy to blog of late. Working hard on the next novel — an Epic Sword and Sorcery story called The Pilgrim Star, part of a new series of adult oriented fantasy novels. However, I did want to let those who might be interested know that I have released The Wizard of Time Trilogy as a single ebook. Currently it is only on Amazon, but it will be available at other retailers in a few months. If you haven’t purchased the sequels to book one yet, now is good time to do so at a reduced price.

The Wizard of Time Trilogy at Amazon for $4.99 (A $4 savings on the entire series).

Time Travel Miscellany

July 2nd, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon


The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) currently available here:

Barnes & Noble
ibooks and Google Play: Coming Soon


Time Travel Miscellany

To compliment the release third and final Wizard of Time novel (The Edge of Eternity) here is the last installment of my time travel posts. I’ve previously posted lists of famous time travel short stories, novels, films, and TV shows.

Below is a short list of some of the most interesting time travel nonfiction books, websites, and concepts.

Time Travel Books:

The Time Travelers’ Handbook: A Wild, Wacky, and Wooly Adventure Through History! by Lottie Stride

Time Travel: A Writer’s Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel by Paul Nahin

How to Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel by Brian Clegg

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw


Time Travel Ideas:

Time Travel Explained

Predestination Paradox

Ontological Paradox

Grandfather Paradox


Fascinating Time Travel Art 

Photographer Chino Otsuka has a series of wonderful photos from her childhood that she has inserted herself into in time traveler fashion.

Photographer Flora Borsi does something similar with more famous people and places.

MaryDoodles has a very interesting Dr. Who smashup time-lapse video that needs to be watched, as explaining it is far too hard.



The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) Available Now

July 1st, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon


The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) Available Now!

Good News Fellow Time Mages,

The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) is now available as an ebook!

It will be out in print next week.

It is currently available as an ebook from the following bookstores.


Barnes & Noble


ibooks and Google Play: Coming Soon

Here’s a brief synopsis:

The Edge of Eternity – The Climactic Finale of The Wizard of Time Trilogy

As he nears his sixteenth birthday, Gabriel Salvador becomes more central than ever to the War of Time and Magic.

When the fate of the entire continuum is threatened by the plans of malignant mages, Gabriel must figure out how to protect the girl he loves while defending the timeline of history from utter destruction.

From the Great Wall of China in 1644, to the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, to the deep past of the Paleozoic Era and the palaces of a dark alternate world, Gabriel battles against impossible odds to decisively end the war in this final adventure of The Wizard of Time.


I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy. I had a great time writing it. If you like it, please consider writing a review at your place of purchase or at Goodreads.com


G.L. Breedon

Famous Time TV Shows

June 30th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

Time Travel TV

Famous Time TV Shows 

In anticipation of the impending release of the third and final Wizard of Time novel (The Edge of Eternity) I thought it would be fun and informative to post a few helpful lists of famous time travel short stories, novels, books, art, TV Shows, and films.

Below is a short list of some of the most famous time travel TV shows:

Doctor Who (1963– Present)

The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)

Voyagers! (1982–1983)

Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

Life on Mars (2006–2007)

Journeyman (2007)

Primeval (2007– 2011)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009)

Terra Nova (2011)

Continuum (2012– Present)

To read the unpublished prologue or the first two chapters of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) follow these links:


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Famous Time Travel Films

June 29th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

Time Travel Movies

Famous Time Travel Films 

In anticipation of the impending release of the third and final Wizard of Time novel (The Edge of Eternity), I thought it would be fun and informative to post a few helpful lists of famous time travel short stories, novels, books, art, TV Shows, and films.

Below is a short list of some of the most famous time travel films:

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1949

The Time Machine, 1960

Planet of the Apes, 1968

Time After Time, 1979

Somewhere in Time, 1980

Time Bandits, 1981

The Terminator, 1984

The Philadelphia Experiment, 1984

Back to the Future, 1985

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1986

Peggy Sue Got Married, 1986

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 1989

Groundhog Day, 1993

Timecop, 1994

Twelve Monkeys, 1995

Donnie Darko, 2001

Primer, 2004

The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) comes out July 1st.

To read the unpublished prologue or the first two chapters of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) follow these links:


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Two of The Edge of Eternity

June 28th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon



With the final installment in The Wizard Time trilogy out next Tuesday (July 1st) I’m posting the first few chapters.

You can find the unpublished prologue and the first chapter at the following links:


Chapter One

The second chapter is below:

Chapter Two of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3)

Even in the momentary darkness between moments, Gabriel sensed their movement backward by years and miles. When the white light signaling the end of their brief time travel journey faded, he and the others still crouched behind the parapet of the Great Wall of China. Ohin had used the monumental structure as a relic to guide them to a time and place along its path where no people might observe them.

Gabriel stood with the team, looking along the roadway atop the massive wall, admiring the construction of the stone barrier undulating over the rolling hills of the land to the west and back again, eastward toward the sea. Emperor Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China, may have intended the earth-packed walls of 220 BCE to have a very practical purpose in keeping out the Mongol tribes to the north, but as the wall changed and grew over the centuries, particularly during the Ming Dynasty in the years from 1567 to 1570, the resulting edifice became as much a marvel of architecture and engineering as a defensive stone barricade.

“This is much better.” Marcus put his hands out and leaned against the edge of the wall. “No arrows.”

“And no people.” Sema turned to face Marcus. “I’m certain someone must have seen us.”

“I sensed no potential bifurcations in the Continuum,” Ohin said. “You did well. All of you.”

“How many more times will we need to do that?” Ling swung the strap of a canteen from her shoulder and unscrewed the cap to take short swig of water.

“A hundred and six.” Teresa gratefully accepted the canteen from Ling. “A hundred and five if we count the Great Barrier as the first anchor point.”

“I still don’t see how you can be so sure there are a hundred and eight anchor points in total.” Rajan briefly touched the amulet at his neck, his armor shimmering as it changed to reveal his true attire of a dark blue tunic and pants. The others, whether from conscious or unconscious mimicry, gradually did the same.

“A hundred and eight anchor points would make sense if it took a hundred and eight mages to create the Great Barrier,” Teresa said.

“We don’t even know where that legend of one hundred and eight mages creating the Barrier came from,” Rajan said.

“In the notebook, Elizabeth wrote that she thought it may have started with Vicaquirao.” Gabriel licked his lips in anticipation as Teresa passed him the canteen. He swallowed urgently at the cool water. He hadn’t realized how thirsty the events of the last few hours had left him.

“All mysteries lead back to Vicaquirao,” Marcus said.

“I can ask him about it next time I see him,” Gabriel said.

“You have plans to see Vicaquirao?” Ohin frowned in concern.

“No plans, but he has a way of turning up.” Gabriel frowned, as well. Thinking of Vicaquirao always elicited mixed emotions. Was he a friend or foe or somehow both? “The real question is whether the Apollyons haven’t attacked the Great Barrier yet because they haven’t created enough duplicates, or because they have and they’re not yet sure how to destroy it.” Gabriel took another drink from the canteen to cover the sudden uneasiness his question had evoked.

“What a pleasant puzzle.” Sema grimaced as she folded her arms.

“But why a hundred and eight?” Rajan gazed up into the blue sky as he thought out loud. “A hundred and eight turns up in Hinduism and Buddhism and a few other places as an important number, but why that number specifically? Why not a hundred and nine? That’s a prime number at least.”

“Look at you, mentioning prime numbers like you know what you’re talking about.” Teresa smiled at Rajan as though staring at a trained horse that had counted to ten.

“I’m with Akikane,” Ling said. “Some things are the way they are because that’s the way the universe works. The speed of light. The number Pi. Plank’s constant.”

“Have you two been taking math and science classes while I wasn’t paying attention?” Teresa blinked in amazement as she looked between Ling and Rajan.

“The real question isn’t how many anchor points there are or why.” Ohin stroked his chin. “The important question is whether, by discovering how the Great Barrier of Probability was created, we can learn how it might be destroyed. Once that secret is known, it will be imperative to keep that information from the Apollyons.”

“And we’ve been so successful keeping secrets from them in the past.” Ling snorted in disgust.

“Unless they are close to discovering the secret themselves.” Gabriel’s stomach clenched at the notion. “In which case, if we don’t know how it was created, we won’t be able to defend the Barrier against them.”

“A conundrum.” Marcus sighed and handed he canteen to Sema. “I hate conundrums.”

“Particularly when the entire Continuum hangs in the balance.” Sema took a sip from the canteen.

“Well I love conundrums.” Teresa smiled and threw her arm around Gabriel’s shoulder.

“Wait. What?” Gabriel scrunched his face in confusion and turned to Teresa. “Are you implying something?”

“No implications are necessary with you, I’m afraid.” Teresa laughed and kissed him quickly. The others laughed, as well.

“We should compare notes and be on our way,” Ohin said. He knew how to take advantage of a positive shift of mood within the group.

“Yes,” Teresa said. “Tell me everything you could sense.”

“Well, firstly, I think it was slightly larger than the last one.” Gabriel reached into his pants pocket and removed Elizabeth’s red leather notebook. Teresa handed him a pen as he flipped to the last page to begin recording the day’s discoveries in ancient Indus.

“It wasn’t significantly larger, but I agree.” Ohin said. “Maybe only a few feet.”

“But still a perfect sphere?” Teresa asked.

“Yes,” Gabriel replied. “And still thirty-seven seconds in duration.”

“Another repeating number we don’t understand.” Rajan leaned over to watch Gabriel scribbling across a blank page of the notebook.

“It’s possible that the nature of probability is somehow linked to the number thirty-seven,” Teresa said. “It takes thirty-seven hours for the latent probability of a bifurcation to collapse into reality, and these time bubbles, or anchor points, seem to nullify probability for thirty-seven seconds.”

“That makes sense because the anchor points feel like the inverse of a bifurcation.” Gabriel squinted at the page, then looked up to Teresa, an idea flittering at the edge of his mind like a butterfly strenuously avoiding the net of his concentration. As he looked at Teresa, his frustration froze, replaced by a chill along his neck, the reluctant idea fading away as alarm filled his mind.

“What is it?” Teresa asked.

“Someone’s coming.” Gabriel spun on his heels, shoving the notebook into his back pocket and reaching over his shoulder to draw the Sword of Unmaking from the sheath across his shoulders, grasping its imprints as he clasped its handle.

“Two groups on either side of the roadway,” Ohin shouted as a cluster of black-uniformed men and women appeared in an instant along the eastern road atop the Great Wall. “Gabriel, Teresa, and Rajan, to the east. Marcus, Sema, and Ling with me to the west.” Ohin whipped around as six more interlopers materialized in a clump in the middle of the western side of the road.

Gabriel stared at the six Dark Mages facing him, Teresa, and Rajan as he claimed the imprints of the seven linked concatenate crystals in the pouch at his belt. Their backs to one another, the members of the Chimera team formed a tight circle against their enemies.

Gabriel recognized the six faces sneering at him from across the ancient stones of the roadway atop the Great Wall. He had seen them recently — the Dark Mages who had tortured him daily for month after month in Kumaradevi’s private arena. Malik and his cohorts had found Gabriel and the Chimera team a week previous while investigating the other anchor point. They had defeated the Malignant Mages and made numerous time jumps to ensure they would not be found again. Apparently, Malik possessed considerably more skill at ghosting and tracking time trails than either Gabriel or Ohin had anticipated.

“You don’t look happy to see us.” Malik laughed. A string of seven concatenate crystals draped his shoulder like a bandolier glittering in the sun. “You’ll be even less happy when we’re through with you.”

Gabriel had a brilliant retort ready to shout at his adversary, but it died in silence as the air and stone around him exploded in lighting and a space-time seal fell in place around the Chimera team. Gabriel deflected the lightning and the other magics assailing him and the team as Teresa created a massive wall of flame between them and their attackers.

“Focus on the time mages,” Ohin shouted over the roar of the flames.

Gabriel sensed Ohin’s magic pressing against the space-time seal put in place by Malik and his fellow Dark Time Mage. The seal held firm. Gabriel assumed each of the seven concatenate crystals Malik possessed linked to seven more elsewhere. Even though the imprints they connected to originated in Kumaradevi’s evil alternate reality, and thus were weaker than imprints from the Primary Continuum, they still allowed for a formidable amount of magic.

While the Council had made finding positively imbued artifacts and creating concatenate crystals a priority, there were few available for teams in the field. Fortunately, the Chimera team’s expeditions took precedence in the distribution of imbued objects. Unfortunately, the crystals Gabriel held didn’t link to any others. Kumaradevi’s soldiers outmatched his team.

“I can’t see through the flames,” Rajan shouted in frustration.

“That was the point.” Teresa turned sideways, extending one hand in each direction, the wall of flame splitting into two enormous fireballs that engulfed each group of Dark Mages.

The Dark Fire Mages countered the flames, causing them to sputter out of existence. Gabriel used the distraction to focus all of his magical powers in attacking Malik. Ohin was right. If they disabled even one of the two Dark Time Mages, the team would be able to break the space-time seal and escape.

Malik sank to his knees under a crushing magical weight and clasped his head as Gabriel’s Soul Magic blazed in his mind. Lightning arced around Malik as a tornado of fire surrounded him. The other members of Malik’s unit broke off their attacks and focused their attention on defending their leader.

Gabriel knew only a moment remained for action. Even as he watched Teresa and Rajan mirror and multiply his attacks toward Malik, he reached out with his magic-sense and will, attempting to wrest control of the imprints the Dark Mage held. Gabriel struggled for control of the malignant imprints of the concatenate crystals in Malik’s possession. It was not as easy as Gabriel had hoped. He had used the same trick the week before to escape the Dark Mage. Malik came prepared this time. He managed to repel Gabriel’s attempt to usurp his mastery of the dark imprints in his power as his fellow Malignant Mages turned their attention to thwarting Gabriel’s magical attack.

“Not this time, boy,” Malik wheezed, his face contorted in concentration. “This time I kill you.”

A scream pierced the air behind Gabriel. He risked a glance over shoulder to see Sema collapsing to the ground, holding her side. Marcus wrapped an arm around her, guiding her to the ground even as he cast a flesh-eating curse against the Dark Fire Mage who had felled her.

Gabriel turned back to Malik, still struggling to take control of the man’s imprints. As he pressed on, Gabriel began to lose hope. They needed to flee as soon as possible. They could not allow themselves, or the notebook, to be captured. Unless he managed to claim hold of the malignant imprints at Malik’s command, or wounded the man with an attack, it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to break the space-time seal around the Chimera team. They were trapped like an insect in amber.

Or, were they?

Gabriel and Ohin could not take the team through time or space, but that did not mean the team could not move at all. If they got far enough away, beyond Malik’s magical reach, they would be physically outside the space-time seal. Ling would not be happy, but it might work.

As Gabriel continued to joust for control of the imprints of Malik’s concatenate crystals and attack him and his companions with various magics, he reached out with Wind Magic, gently grasping Teresa, Rajan, and the other team members with an invisible hand.

“Goodbye.” Gabriel smiled at Malik as he and the entire Chimera team shot upward into the sky. He heard Ling cursing behind him as he pushed them through the air at incredible speed, out above the rolling hills north of the Great Wall. He sensed the space-time seal trying to expand to encompass them, and he rushed them forward even faster. Glancing back, he saw Malik and the other Dark Mages in the distance, still standing on the wall. If Malik and the other Dark Time Mage jumped through space and closed the distance between them and Gabriel, they could maintain the space-time seal.

Gabriel waved the Sword of Unmaking in the direction of the Dark Mages, copying Teresa’s earlier magic and creating a bubble-shaped barrier of sky-high flames in front of the Great Wall. A Time Mage could only jump through space to someplace they had been or could see directly.

“Flying and fire!” Teresa shouted. “That’s why I love you!”

Gabriel watched as Teresa added her Fire Magic to his own, the intensity of the blazing dome encircling Kumaradevi’s soldiers, flaring white-hot. The space-time seal faded and Gabriel thrust the Chimera team to the ground. He tried to guide their decent but they needed to land fast. A time travel jump while in motion could be unpredictable and dangerous. And Malik might reestablish the space-time seal at any moment.

They landed harder than Gabriel had hoped, everyone except himself and Ling falling to the ground. She had managed to wrap herself in a protective field of gravity at the last moment.

“This is why I hate flying!” Ling spat into the grass as she helped Ohin to his feet.

“Tend to Sema.” Ohin nodded to where Marcus knelt beside Sema, his hands held against her ribs, healing her.

Gabriel sensed Ohin warping the fabric of space-time and the blackness of a time jump begin to form. They were free and would be safe in moments. They had escaped death once more. However, they needed to be more careful in the future. And better armed with imprints.

Gabriel frowned as the blackness wavered and flickered and faded away as yet another space-time seal slid into place around the Chimera team. This seal appeared different than the last. Stronger. Tighter. More impenetrable.

Teresa gasped behind him. As he turned toward her, his stomach clenched and the air seemed to freeze in his lungs. He had expected to find that Malik and Kumaradevi’s other soldiers had breached the blazing dome to confront the Chimera team and restore the space-time seal.

Instead, he faced six black-clad Apollyons standing on the hillside above, their hatred-filled stares stabbing him like flaming swords.