Fantasy meets historical fiction in Scott’s (In the Footsteps of the Giant, 1997) adventurous tale.
While restoring their recently purchased home in Maine, Chris and Vicki come upon a secret room behind their fireplace. To make things even stranger, Morgan of Albion, a former knight, has been imprisoned in this room for centuries, waiting to be found. He quickly shares his story with Chris and pleads for his assistance. A spell has been put upon Morgan because of misdeeds in his former lives, and this is his last chance to travel back in time and change things. If he does so successfully, he can avoid permanent imprisonment or death. When Chris, Vicki and her sister Jo, decide to help this man by joining him, Scott takes the reader on an enjoyable journey spanning centuries, from Morgan’s knighthood to his stint sailing the seas as a pirate. Despite the differences between Morgan and his entourage, mostly due to the time periods in which they live, many of Morgan’s personal experiences—love, greed, redemption—are understandable and relatable. However, Chris, Vicki and Jo’s devotion to this man is perplexing, as they immediately jump to save a stranger’s life, even if it means risking their own. From the beginning, Chris is devoid of the typical human response that would be the result of finding not only a stranger, but a spellbound, time traveling stranger, in one’s own home. The “rules” of the magic present in the novel are not governed by any one person or entity, but rather, are dictated by authorial convenience. When Morgan is surprisingly aware of the logistics surrounding their adventure, he simply suggests that it “must be a feature of the spell.”
An entertaining personal story about redemption, with magical elements that don't always add up.