Item description for The Coming of the Magi (Next Phase Chronicles) by Laurie Foston...
Overview The Coming of the Magi, book one of The Next Phase Chronicles, features three men, gifted in parallel world interaction and time travel, who facilitate a manipulation of the fourth dimension to reunite a family that was torn apart by tragedy. Who they really are, their true mission, and why they chose Laurie Foston to be a part of this dimensional shift is a mystery that Laurie must find out in due time. Meanwhile, conspiracies and triangular slave trading plots are laced with romance; and action on the high seas compiles a spellbinding novel that will appeal to readers of both genders. How will Laurie return to her own time dimension; and how will she endure leaving behind those she has come to love?
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Studio: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2006
Publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Series Next Phase Chronicles
Series Number 1
ISBN 1598865013 ISBN13 9781598865011
Reviews - What do customers think about The Coming of the Magi (Next Phase Chronicles)?
An Adventure to the End Jul 13, 2007
The Coming of the Magi is unlike anything I have ever read, yet it is very familiar.
The imagary in this book is wonderful. You can hear the waves crash, smell the sea air and hear the moans within the estate. You want to read this book if you want to be lost in another century. You can see the ball gowns, the library full of books and the ships in the harbor. You, the reader, are transformed to the 18th century.
A prior review has done a fine job telling you about the story. I want to tell you to get this book and find that place that you can curl up and find yourself absorbed into this story!
Very unusual time travel Feb 23, 2007
The previous review won't spoil the reading fun. I highly recommend it.
Very good! Feb 18, 2007
This is a parallel world concept. The Next Phase (according to the time travelers) is the closest parallel world to the one in which time travelers are going.
The main character, Laurie Foston, is drawn back into the 18th century. She finds evidence to link her to an employer in Maine. Laurie is learning to do her job as a governess with the enlisted help of a new found friend. Then, predictably she finds out family secrets and stumbles across secret passageways. A time traveler, who is incognito as a British Consular General, confronts her while she is on a ship to try to find out what time era she is from. (It is one of his missions to return her to the dimensional phase that she originated from) She keeps a journal and has suspected all along that she is not from the here and now of 1795. The time traveler has other super powers but I won't give anything else away about that confrontation.
In the subplots, a captain's logs gives the reader clues that a man traveling as Ravel duPree could be the long lost son of Patrick and Margaret Fairchild, who believed the child to have died. They lost one of their infant twins when an accident on board a ship caused the baby to fall into the sea. The infant was really brought through a time portal and his life spared, but this causes a problem. When the child is removed from the next phase, this will create a different reality that was previously destined for both worlds. Make sense? Saving the infant by taking him from another parallel was the catalyst that creates an unstable rift that will last 35 years. Any connections with the family will endanger the stability of the rift further and so the child is kept away from the parents...who believe him to be dead anyway.
A sea captain is given a note with a coded message to give to one of his passngers which contain words of the 21st century. Obviously, he can only understand the Queen's English of 1795 and is unable to decode the message that wasn't intended for him in the first place. If all goes well, the child (now a grown man)that was taken from the next phase will reunite with his signature that is lingering in the ether of the next phase and he can be united with his family.
These are not just any old time travelers (if you're a real sci-fi nut) These men are the three wise men who heard about the creators plan to send his son to this parallel and seem to have other secret missions in the process. Even though the title of the book tells who these time travelers are, the author unfolds the plot in a way that you are still surprised.
During all of the other excitement, Laurie Foston discovers a book that is written in the year 2006. The name of it is "The Next Phase Chronicles, The Coming of the Magi." I presume that she will have to do some time traveling in the sequel as time comes around full circle for her by the end of this book.
This story is written in the third person but has a female point of view as journals are written by Laurie Foston. A predictable romance develops between the sea captain and the governess. The masked balls are certainly for the female reader, vividly described and elegantly presented by the author. Unpredictable events occur at some holiday functions. The family reunion is very touching.
Overall, the book was a fun read and very inspirational.