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y separately published work icon The Dark Age single work   novel   science fiction   fantasy   historical fiction  
Is part of The Ancient Future Trilogy Traci Harding , 1996 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 The Dark Age
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The white light surrounded her, exuding from the ground within the circle. The mist rose towards the sky to form a billowing cloud. From within the largest stone a ball of blue light steadily made its way towards her. Late one evening, a car accident leaves Tory - daughter of a prominent history professor - stranded near a ring of stones in the English countryside. She resolves to spend the night at the sacred site; a black belt in tae-kwon-do, Tory holds little fear for her safety ... But across the vortex of time and space, she is being watched. The Merlin knows of the legend Tory is to become, and through the wisdom of the Old Ones, teleports her back to the Dark Age. Prince Maelgwn of Gwynedd and his band of knights stumble across this mysterious woman dressed in jeans and leather jacket. Believing she is the witch of the stones, they threaten to kill her. Rising to her own defence, Tory challenges the Prince's champion to unarmed combat. With her superior fighting skill she easily overwhelms the warrior, winning the admiration of the Prince, and changing the course of British history forever. - Publisher's blurb from Voyager Online website

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Note: Partly set in medieval Wales

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  • Book 1 of The Ancient Future Trilogy.

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    y separately published work icon The Ancient Future Trilogy Traci Harding , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2014 6570910 2014 selected work novel science fiction fantasy historical fiction

    'Late one evening, an accident near a ring of stones throws Tory Alexander across the vortex of time and space to the Dark Ages. There she meets Prince Maelgwn of Gwynedd and his band of warriors, who initially brand her as a witch and are frightened by her strange appearance. They finally overcome their fears and soon the tales of her adventures, brave deeds and beauty spread across the land. Twenty years later, Tory Alexander, from the 20th century, has ruled as Queen in 6th century Britain. But dark forces are stirring... Tory seeks the advice of the triple Goddess, and the women of the Otherworld send Tory through time to Plato’s City of the Golden Gates - Atlantis. Once there Tory has to find her own way home, and a cure for the High King’s sickness. In an epic climax, the Shining Ones and the Chosen, who are hiding within the circuits of times, gather to defeat the evil ones and bring about a new age of awareness to the world. Yet again, Tory must draw on all of her courage, strength of character and resourcefulness. ' (Publication summary)

    Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2014

Other Formats

  • Also e-book.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

The Music of Fantasy : An Interview with Traci Harding Van Ikin (interviewer), 1997 single work interview
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 14 no. 2 (Issue 40) 1997; (p. 32-34)
The Music of Fantasy : An Interview with Traci Harding Van Ikin (interviewer), 1997 single work interview
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 14 no. 2 (Issue 40) 1997; (p. 32-34)
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