Of Modern Magic and The First Dragon - , Summary
Only Mastery of Magic offers Absolute Power! Magic coexists with technology on a planet which perfectly mirrors our Earth until an anomaly in May 1940. Brutal Nazi regimes currently rule this twin world while the fire-wielding Blood-SS, who command dark arts first unleashed by humanity’s most ancient civilisation, crush any resistance in a blazing fist of terror. Fear, fear alone, fills all hearts. The last hope for freedom unexpectedly comes from a present-day guild of online gamers, a forlorn collection of misfits scattered about occupied London. When these reluctant heroines and heroes seemingly stumble upon arcane powers of their own, the excitement of playing actual swords and sorcery proves fleeting as fantasy becomes dangerously real. For plans conceived decades earlier are finally bearing rancid fruit, reigniting a conflict millennia old. In the end, before the group of friends can change the future, events from the past, desperate valour in the face of an ultimate evil, must save them. While conjured flames were laying waste to Allied armies during World War II, did a ragged platoon of American soldiers discover their black-robed enemies possessed a hidden weakness? Was a roguish spy, aided by a feisty academic with magical secrets of her own, somehow responsible for stealing the Legend Scrolls before SS scientists could fully master the Fourth Art's malevolent sorcery? One man, rescued from destruction by a twist of fate, will oppose them all. In his mind, the old gods have preserved him to be their weapon, and in his hand, a terrible conflagration hungers like summoned death incarnate. The war may appear long-lost, but the final battle has not truly begun... Of Modern Magic and the First Dragon includes: massed tanks fighting fire mages, a comprehensive magic system, twin Japanese gamer-girls kicking ass, a writhing sackful of plot twists, some tough-as-nails American soldiers, horrifying rituals, a genius with attitude (who is too damn sexy for her own good), merciless school bullies, an unreasonably handsome killer, hackers, a psychopathic Nazi lesbian, more than a thousand hours of research on World War II, torture, smatterings of sometimes luscious yet sometimes nasty sex, conjured nightmares, ferocious street gangs, twelve years of research into on-line gaming, revenge, an epic battle of good versus evil set amidst a dystopian future, panic attacks, characters you might recognise from your own MMORPG guild or gaming clan, betrayal, a midnight Gothic graveyard of unexpected deaths, staggering bravery, a dragon so terrifying spare pants are recommended, true love, and a generous sprinkling of very, very, very tasteless jokes. Of Modern Magic and The First Dragon is book one in The Legend Scrolls trilogy. Book two, Forbidden Strands and Forgotten Arts, is coming soon..