McKenzie family records of the early nineteenth century have strangely gone missing, triggering concern, but scientist Victoria McKenzie and friend Abby are too preoccupied with a forthcoming break to Harvard University on a cruise ship. Onboard, circumstances in the Atlantic become terrifyingly scary and they find themselves facing the consequences of the ignored warning but in a manner that distorts their imagination far beyond anything possible. Forced to accept the challenge presented … they must change the course of McKenzie history or face their own fate … of never being born in the first place. The terror is over in 2026 but in 1841 their family is in turmoil. If their worlds meet oblivion beckons
On this occasion, I decided that I wanted to embark on a new mystery with the cast of McKenzie family characters and the ghostly Mauveine. A riddle was left in the previous series novel Prism of Purpurine, which Victoria McKenzie and her family hadn’t resolved. Although the terror was over, what happened to the family records in their Orsbrick Hall library between the late 1700s and 1860 and why had they all disappeared?
I quickly realised that this new adventure, taking the timeline back to the early nineteenth century when England was buzzing with incredible ferment and innovation in science and technology alongside massive social and economic change, would necessitate a large amount of reading of original texts. Effectively my NaNoWriMo period of November 2015 was therefore taken up by intensive research, and not a single quill hit the inkpot in that period. The challenge was daunting but one benefit, now realisable, of the scanning of hundreds of thousands of old books by Google, is to release an immense amount of original writings, biographies and novels of amazing writers from the nineteenth century, long forgotten and way out of copyright, into the hands of the online researcher in readable digital formats. This is not to decry the many benefits and pleasures of scouring original printed and handwritten text in the likes of the Bodleian or British Libraries. However, the job of the historic fiction writer is to create and weave exciting and realistic stories around past activity and is not the same as the academic historian who needs rigorous precision for their enumeration and interpretation of facts and events.
Morag, like predecessors Mauveine and Prism of Purpurine, once more defies simple categorisation. I would describe the novel as a mystery and suspense mashup of fantasy, history, science, art, romance and adventure. This time, the unravelling of another challenging McKenzie family secret takes our four main female protagonists, Victoria, her daughters Maddie and Belle and her best friend Abby onto a traumatic journey with others not of their time, where they are forced to question their ambition, lifestyle and morals, which are no longer guaranteed in their fight to ensure their existence remains intact.
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