The Wizard of Time Trilogy: Windsor Castle

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

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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

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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

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

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
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

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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.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

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

Thanks,

G.L. Breedon

Famous Time TV Shows

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

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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:

Prologue

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:

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Two of The Edge of Eternity

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

 

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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:

Prologue

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.

Famous Time Travel Novels 

June 27th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

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Famous Time Travel Novels

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 novels.

Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy, 1888

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, 1889

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells, 1895

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov, 1955

The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein, 1956

Up the Line by Robert Silverberg, 1969

Time and Again by Jack Finney, 1970

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 1972

There Will be Time by Poul Anderson, 1972

The Man Who Folded Himself, David Gerrold, 1973

Bid Time Return (Somewhere in Time), Richard Matheson, 1975

Kindred by Octavia Butler, 1979

Time After Time by Karl Alexander, 1979

Timescape by Gregory Benford, 1980

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, 1992

Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, 1992

 

To read the unpublished prologue or the first chapter of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time – Book 3) follow these links:

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter One of The Edge of Eternity

June 26th, 2014  / Author: G.L. Breedon

 

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The final installment in The Wizard Time trilogy comes out next week on July 1st.

For those who would like a little taste of what happens to Gabriel and Teresa and the Chimera team next, here is the first chapter:

 

Chapter One of The Edge of Eternity (The Wizard of Time Book 3)

A cloud of black arrows arced through the sky, reaching their apex before falling like a storm of slender hail, driving toward the earth below.

Gabriel ducked, arrows flashing past his head and clattering against stone, bouncing off armor, and sinking deep into human flesh.

Screams of pain and anger and military orders filled the air.

Gabriel glanced around and wondered, as he had nearly every second for the last half-hour, if coming to this place had been such a good idea.

It had been his idea.

“Are you certain they can’t see us?” Marcus asked as he rubbed his bald head, where a ricocheting arrow had grazed him.

“There are thousands of them.” Sema crouched beside Marcus, her face a mask of concentration and fear. “I am doing the best I can.”

“Are you sure this is the place?” Teresa clamped her hand on Gabriel’s forearm as she looked around at the chaos surrounding them.

A phalanx of Chinese soldiers in hardened leather armor ran past. Nearby, a battery of archers returned fire, loosing a wall of arrows at their enemies below.

“This is the place.” Ohin knelt beside Gabriel and Teresa. “The anchor point is close.”

“Yes,” Gabriel said, reaching out again with his space-time sense, searching for the mysterious point that had brought them to the top of the Great Wall of China on the 27th of May, 1644 — in the midst of the Battle of Shanghai Pass.

Gabriel still found it confusing that the battle and the wall were nowhere near Shanghai but actually in Shanhaiguan, some 870 miles to the north on the western edge of the Bohai Sea. The battle being fought around them would determine the course of Chinese history for the next several hundred years, resulting in the definitive end of the Ming Dynasty and the founding of the Qing Dynasty. Troops loyal to Qing Prince Regent Dorgon and General Wu Sangui, formally of the Ming Dynasty, now defended the wall against the rebel, self-proclaimed emperor Li Zicheng, who had taken control of Beijing only days before. Zicheng would eventually lose the Battle of Shanghai Pass and return to Beijing, fleeing in advance of Wu Sangui’s army. Nearly six months later, on November 8th, Prince Regent Dorgon would help install a six-year-old Qing Prince Shunzhi as Emperor. The Qing Dynasty would continue to rule China until 1912.

A volley of cannon fire sounded below, the stones of the Great Wall shuddering with the impact of the metal balls. Gabriel tried to blot out the battle around him and focus his mind on the faint distortion of space-time nearby. It felt very close — in time as well as space. They would not need to wait long, but they would need to wait somewhere else.

“It’s this way, I think.” Gabriel pointed to the east, past a line of archers, to an open space in the wide stone bricks lining the top of the wall.

“I’ll shield us.” Ling took a quick look over the parapet of the wall and turned back to the rest of the team. “Now!”

Gabriel and the Chimera team leapt to their feet and dashed along the top of the Great Wall, dodging the running soldiers of General Wu Sangui’s army and their fallen comrades. Sema’s Soul Magic rendered them largely unseen, the magical amulets at their necks camouflaging their appearance to make them indistinguishable from the soldiers around them if her magic wavered.

As Gabriel ran, the sound of intermittent gunfire echoed along the stone ledges of the Great Wall. The Chinese armies of the seventeenth century possessed matchlock rifles, reverse engineered from the muskets of the Portuguese sailors who arrived in the mid-sixteenth century. Gabriel flinched as a musket ball froze in midair beside him. He glanced back at Ling as he ran.

“Thanks!”

“What kind Wind Mage would I be if couldn’t stop a few bullets?” Ling smiled as the team reached the unmanned section of the wall and once more ducked down to safety behind the parapet.

“I feel like a canary in a shooting gallery.” Rajan crouched down beside Ling.

“It’s a duck in a shooting gallery.” Teresa laughed at Rajan. “Canaries are for coal mines.”

“Dead birds either way.” Rajan frowned as an arrow pierced the air beside his head and shattered on the far parapet atop the wall.

“Not long now.” Ohin closed his eyes in concentration.

“This is definitely the spot.” Gabriel sensed it clearly now — an event in space-time that would flower into being at any moment. An event that could not be a natural occurrence. An event linked to one they had witnessed a little over a week ago.

An anchor point.

That was the name Council Woman Elizabeth had given the phenomenon in her coded notebook. It had taken most of a year for Gabriel and Teresa to decode the notebook. Doing so had involved repeated trips to the Indus Valley civilization. While the text of the actual Rosetta Stone, written on the first page of the notebook, had allowed them to decode Elizabeth’s secret script, it had only revealed phonetically written text in the ancient Indus language. They had needed to learn the language to decipher the decoded text.

While Teresa’s facility with languages proved to be every bit impressive as she had boasted, the vagaries of dialect throughout the Indus civilization, over time and between geographical regions, made translating the notebook a more complicated affair than either she or Gabriel had anticipated. That, of course, had been Elizabeth’s intention — to make it as difficult as possible for the notebook to be read by the wrong people.

In the end, it had required seven separate excursions to the Indus Valley at various places and times between 2600 and 1900 BCE. The entire Chimera team had accompanied Gabriel and Teresa on their educational missions. Between expeditions they would return to help construct new forts in the far past to house the Grace Mages who had survived the attacks of the Apollyons and Kumaradevi during the destruction of the Council’s Windsor Castle.

As a measure of security, they had agreed never to write down a direct translation of the notebook’s contents. If Elizabeth had gone to such trouble to protect its revelations, it would be foolish to render it readable to anyone but themselves. There were members of the Council who had been upset with this decision, but unless they were willing to learn ancient Indus, there was little they could do about it. In the end, Gabriel became nearly as fluent in Indus, and as adept at reading and writing Elizabeth’s code, as Teresa.

His findings so far were few, but what they had gleaned from the translated notebook proved to be invaluable. While they were aware from their spying on the Apollyons that the Great Barrier of Probability had apparently been constructed through the use of both Grace and Malignancy Magic, Elizabeth had investigated this discovery and unveiled another revelation even more surprising. By closely examining the Great Barrier, the magical wall that made time travel into the future beyond the year 2012 impossible, she had discerned that the magic holding it in place possessed a negative aspect. As a Grace Mage, she sensed only half of the magic she knew must be in use to exert its existence. She had also sensed something else — that the Barrier did not simply exist at all possible places in space at the specific moment in time on October 28, 2012 at 4:45 p.m. Greenwich Standard Time. Aspects of it seemed to link to other places and times. However, while able to sense the linkage, she had not been able to sense a location. She described it in the notebook as similar to trying to find a specific tree in the midst of a mist-shrouded forest.

Fortunately, the experience reminded her of a strange phenomenon she had witnessed nearly a hundred years prior. In the middle of a mission to sever the connections between one of Kumaradevi’s concatenate crystals at the Battle of Ceresole in 1544, she had stumbled across a strange inversion of the space-time continuum. For exactly thirty-seven seconds, a sphere of space-time the size of a small house became a vortex of impossibly stable probability. It wasn’t that time did not flow correctly in that space for those thirty-seven seconds, but that the very nature of space-time seemed upended. For those thirty-seven seconds, unlike the rest of the Primary Continuum, the course of time in that short, bizarre bubble of space-time could never be altered.

Only upon learning that the Great Barrier of Probability seemed to be linked to other points in space-time did it dawn on Elizabeth that what she had assumed to be a unique, but naturally occurring abnormality was, in fact, part of a purposefully created series of disturbances. When she returned to investigate the phenomenon more closely, she uncovered a vital clue to the Great Barrier’s construction. A tendril of nearly imperceptible magic connected the first disturbance to two others, one nearly a century further in the future and another even further into the past.

Elizabeth named these phenomena anchor points and believed there were more of them, stretching from the moment of the Great Barrier at intervals back through time into the far past, binding them all to something, somewhere, that made the Great Barrier possible. Unfortunately, she had only been able to uncover three anchor points before the attack on the castle, and the Apollyons dark curse upon her mind had left her trapped in the unshakable sleep of a deep coma.

The anchor point at the top of the Great Wall of China in the middle of the Battle of the Shanghai Pass in 1644 was the second of the two that Elizabeth had discovered. Gabriel and the team hoped to be able to sense another anchor point further into the future, closer to the Great Barrier, with the eventual goal of charting all the anchor points. The more they understood about the creation of the Barrier the better they would be able to defend it against the intended destruction by the army of duplicate Apollyons.

A stray arrow shattered into bits of black wood on the parapet wall across from Gabriel. He blinked to clear his mind of the distraction and focused on extending his space-time sense as far as possible while sliding his grandfather’s pocket watch into his hand.

“It’s close.” Gabriel closed his eyes, trying to shut out the sounds of warfare echoing along the ancient stone wall beneath him.

“You keep saying that, and they keep shooting at us.” Teresa ducked as another volley of arrows coursed through the air above their heads.

“Shush.” Ohin shot Teresa a stern look before he, too, closed his eyes.

Gabriel’s space-time sense began to vibrate in his mind like a plucked string oscillating at high frequency. Any moment now. Any second. The vibrations reached a crescendo as a sphere of space-time seemed to solidify around him. Gabriel opened his eyes to look down at the pocket watch, tracking the second hand even as his space-time sense observed the bubble of non-probability surrounding him. The anchor point existed in a perfect sphere a hundred feet in diameter — this one a little larger than the one linked to it in the past. Gabriel narrowed his concentration until he perceived that tenuous connection to the anchor point several decades previous. As he did so, he discerned another connection, a twin of the first, a wispy, vaporous trail of slightly twisted space-time proceeding onto the future.

“I feel it, but I can’t see the terminus.” Gabriel glanced down at the pocket watch again. “Only fifteen seconds left.”

“We’ll find it.” Ohin placed his hand on Gabriel’s shoulder. “Calm your mind.”

Gabriel exhaled slowly and pushed the anxiety and annoyance from his thoughts. As he breathed in, he saw an image of the future anchor point in his mind.

Another battlefield. Several warring armies. Their uniforms looked familiar. So did the landscape behind them. He tried to bring the mental image into greater focus. Just as he thought he saw a flag, the images winked out and the space-time distortion of the anchor point ceased.

“Did you see?” Ohin opened his eyes to stare at Gabriel.

“Yes.” Gabriel let out a long breath. “Another battlefield. I couldn’t figure out which one though.”

“The Siege of Namur in 1695.” Ohin’s mouth curled in a rare smile. “Nearly sixty years from now.”

“I think the anchor points may be getting closer together as they get nearer the Great Barrier.” Teresa seemed almost as excited by the successful location of the next anchor point as Gabriel.

“Yes, all very fascinating.” Marcus glanced over his shoulder to a squad of Chinese archers running along the wall toward them. “However, I can be fascinated somewhere a bit less congested.”

“I thought you liked a good battle,” Ling teased.

“When I’m on the winning side, not when I’m stuck in the middle of it,” Marcus said.

“You know I rarely agree with Marcus, but I really am at the limit of my ability to hide our presence for much longer.” Sema glared as a passing soldier nearly crushed her foot beneath his boot.

“Yes.” Ohin flinched as the wall of the parapet near him exploded in a hail of stone fragments under the impact of a stray bullet. “Someplace quiet is a very good idea.”

Space-time bent around Gabriel as the blackness of time travel descended and Ohin took them away from the Battle of Shanghai Pass.