Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Fun Read: "Some Very Messy Medieval Magic"

Recently I had the pleasure of reading C. Lee McKenzie's new book in the Pete and Weasel time travel series: Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. While part of a series, it easily stands alone as a good read.

Pete and Weasel are eighth grade best friends in the small town of Hadleyville. Pete, a budding wizard, is an orphan and lives with his Aunt Lizzie, one of many witches in this town. Weasel’s parents are scientists, always busy with lab work to the point of nearly ignoring their son. Fanon, an alligator, happens to be Pete’s familiar. Dr. Wraith, is a blend of a supreme wizard and a sort of “Dr. Who”, in charge of passports for time travel, orchestration of various wizard enterprises, and solving problems time travel and magic gone awry can cause.

Magic has gone awry in this fun story: Pete didn’t properly close a time lock in the 1100s at the close of an earlier adventure. Now Peter of Bramwell, a page and the nephew of Earl Minimount, has gone missing in time. Pete and Weasel must go back to the year he disappeared to head off a resultant disaster. On arrival, two guards, Sir Egbert and Sir Alywin, discover the boys wandering around; they decide Pete is the missing Peter of Bramwell and Weasel his servant. They take the boys to Earl Minimount, and since Minimount hasn’t seen his nephew since he was a toddler, he welcomes them in these roles.

Humor, danger, mystery, and suspicion unfold in this romp of a tale: Rumors abound that trouble is afoot in the countryside. Sir Egbert skulks around and sneaks out of the castle at night. And why does he take such a dislike to Pete? The teenage Richard, Duke of Aquitaine stops by en route to France and wants to go on a hunt. Pete is assigned to accompany him. But Pete has never ridden a horse, much less hunted. Then there are the dreaded Dark Woods, a place people inside and outside the castle fear, and the mystical Circle of Stones, where Druids worship. The young duke himself brings new dangers with him. And why does Earl Minimount’s niece, Juliana, Peter of Bramwell’s cousin, seem so familiar to Pete of Hadleyville? It takes the “very messy medieval magic” of the title to resolve these questions and bring the real Peter of Bramwell back to the time where he belongs.

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic, published by Dancing Lemur Press, L. L. C., will be released May 15, 2018 and is available on Kindle and in some Amazon locations.
C. Lee McKenzie is on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cleemckenzie
and you can learn more about her and her books at her website: http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/middle-grade/

8 comments:

Nas said...

C. Lee's new book sound interesting and intriguing!

Congratulations to C.Lee!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Nas.Thanks for stopping by. If you like fantasy, you'll enjoy this read.

Rosi said...

Anything Medieval is of interest to me. And I do like time travel books. Sounds like a good one. Thanks for the review.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

It's a fun read, Rosi. She's done an interesting job with the wizard/ magic aspect.

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Oh wow. Thanks for sharing, sounds great. Always looking for new reads for my gang and me!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Tanya, I know you like fantasy, too, since you write paranormal. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.

Mirka Breen said...

Medieval plus Magic has to be a great read. Yummy M & M!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Mirka, that's a clever way to put it! Thanks for stopping by.