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As a writer, Maggie Secara loves to explore the heroic ideal, to find the mythical in the every day, and discover the places where the realms of Faerie intersect the mundane. As a historian, she calls herself a gossip who just can’t stand that someone might have done something 400 years ago without her knowing about it, who else was there, what they had for dinner, and what they were wearing at the time. This interest explains both her love of historical fiction and her long association with "living history".
Maggie’s poetry has appeared in a variety of little magazines on- and off-line since 1995. In 2011, she finally published Molly September, the romantic pirate adventure that has been haunting her since college. Most recently, her interests in history, folklore, and music have combined in Harper Errant, a series of fantasy novels with a historical twist, beginning with The Dragon Ring..
Maggie and her very understanding husband live with their cats in suburban splendor in Los Angeles, California.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on April 01, 2012 :
Author Maggie Secara has done something truly splendid here: she's combined an outstanding knowledge of history and theatre into an urban fantasy worthy of Charles de Lint.
Frankly, I can think of no higher praise.
The protagonist, Ben Harper, is a reality TV show host and traditional musician. He manages to run afoul of the fae near his Dartmoor home on numerous levels, and breaks an important artifact in a fit of rage that only makes matters worse. The artifact in question is the titular dragon ring, made from fairy gold. Then, Titania decides she wants Ben's son ... can nothing else go wrong? Oh, of course it can.
So, now he must go back through history to find the pieces he broke in order to restore the ring (it is a little confusing on the surface, but rest assured that it all comes together soon enough) and save his son. With the help of Oberon, Odin and a fae youth named Raven, Ben goes on a journey through the 9th, 16th and 18th centuries.
I didn't want to put this book down, if truth be told. I look forward to the rest of the forthcoming trilogy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)