Lexi Smith and the Search for Excalibur

Lexi Book CoverLexi Smith is an orphan, 14 years old, unconventional and definitely a bit wacky.

She tries to get through life as best she can, although it’s not always easy when you’re a geek and a loner. If you’re regularly tormented and bullied as Lexi is, every day can be tough; but what happens when you’ve finally had enough?

One day Lexi is pushed too far and she snaps!

That’s the day Lexi realises she has hidden powers. Powers that can and will change the world.

Not only does Lexi find out she’s a wizard, she soon discovers she is one of the most powerful wizards on earth. However, the discovery also uncovers a dark and sinister secret about her past.

Join Lexi in her adventures as she befriends another young wizard – Gregor McGregor – and is helped by a mysterious old man who lives in a remote Scottish castle. Together they explore their new magical world, battle with ghostly sea serpents, travel in time to witness the assasination of JFK, rescue Gregor’s mother from a sinister zombie inhabited castle in Svalbard and finally face a chilling death at the bottom of an icy sea

Along the way Lexi discovers that she is linked to legendary figures from the past and is the subject of an ancient prophecy; but there are others who want Lexi’s new powers and they will stop at nothing to get them.

Lexi Smith and the Search For Excalibur is the second novel by author Michael Stewart and is now available in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon.

THE Great Time Travel Story

Time & AgainNever having read any of Jack Finney’s work before, I decided to give Time and Again a go after reading a review by the great Stephen King; who stated that this was ‘THE Great Time Travel Story’. I wasn’t disappointed and I agree 100% with Stephen King (I bet he’s pleased about that!). Jack Finney wrote Time and Again in 1970 but apart from the lack of any mobile phones or computers in the story, it didn’t feel dated in any way. I was hooked from the first page. The story involves our time traveller – Simon Morley – switching backwards and forwards in time between 1970s New York and 1880s New York. Jack Finney describes New York of the 1880s so well you’d think he must have been there himself. He makes use of many illustrations from the time which really added to the atmosphere and brought the story to life for me.

I was so hooked on the story I had to rush straight out and buy the sequel which was published in 1995, the year of JackFrom Time to Time Finney’s death. I always worry when I’ve enjoyed a book so much that I will be disappointed by the sequel. I needn’t have worried; From Time To Time, which starts out with our hero Simon Morley back in New York in 1911 and ends dramatically on the Titanic in 1912 again captures perfectly the atmosphere of the time, and Jack Finney’s clever use of photo images from the time puts you right in the scene.

Of course, these books are both old classics now, but if you are into the time travel genre they are an absolute must-read.