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  1. ByLeanne Joneson April 17, 2016
    Format: Paperback
    The Berwick Chronicles

    Four graduate students doing time travel research by an unusual occurrence with their experiment, find themselves not in the past or future, but in a parallel dimension to their own world. They must use creative problem solving skills they will learn from their new ally Angus. The Berwick Chronicles

    Four graduate students doing time travel research by an unusual occurrence with their experiment, find themselves not in the past or future, but in a parallel dimension to their own world.

    Beth, Sarah, Jonathan and Neil now have to solve their dilemma. Fortunately
    they find an ally who begins to help them and inform them that they are part
    of a prophecy. . He tells them first of all the Prophecy foretold their coming.

    Angus, their new ally tells them he would like to help them because he has been in captivity there to the Red Master. He wants badly to escape and since this seems to be his only chance. he is willing to take the risk and escape with them.

    They need his knowledge because he tells little details about the prophecy but this information comes out slowly throughout the story and carries the plot along in a way that inspires the curiosity of the reader

    er to survive. He sets out to train them to some of the wizard tricks
    he has learned and gives little demonstrations and reminds them that this parallel world is not as boring as the one they have come from.

    Four Graduate students er to survive. He sets out to train them to some of the wizard tricks
    he has learned and gives little demonstrations and reminds them that this parallel world is not as boring as the one they have come from.

    Four graduate students doing time travel research find themselves not in the past or future, but in a parallel dimension to their own world. They must solve their dilemma with the help of a new ally they meet named Angus, who tells them he is in captivity to the Red Master but sees this as a chance to help by escaping with them, using his knowledge of wizardry and magic. He tells them however, that if the magic fails they may be forced to use violence in order to survive. He softens this by telling them his world is not nearly as boring as their own and sets out to train them in wizardry skills.
    He tells them their coming was a Prophecy in the Berwick Chronicles. The Prophecy comes out a bit at a time which carries the plot along and inspires the curiosity of the reader. At first it seems pleasingly easy to fix problems with magic but when violence becomes necessary, changes to the characters result. The text of the story is pleasing as is the tone of paper making it a pleasureful read full of variety and intrigue.

  2. Reviewed by Karen Rigby
    March 28, 2016

    This is an entertaining, dark novel about the lengths that those in power will go to in order to remain in power.

    An engrossing depiction of parallel worlds—one ruled by wizardry, the other by science—and the Oxford graduate students who traverse them, The Berwick Chronicles is a potent combination of medieval fantasy, dystopian adventure, and mystery. Victor Simpson presents a fish-out-of-water tale that raises troubling questions about human behavior.

    Jonathan is a theoretical physicist and the easily influenced narrator of the novel who, along with his colleagues, experiences a time travel accident. After the group lands in another dimension of their own town in 2020, they join forces with Angus and Robina, a slave and witch who lead them on dangerous escapades. Necessity turns the academics into warriors as they attempt to return to their previous lives. An action-based plot depicts the gradual alliance between believers in magic and the technologically savvy. Together, they seek to fulfill a prophecy foretold in the titular Berwick Chronicles.

    Robina utters one of the book’s major themes: “In this world, you can do the impossible and follow those inner drives that your world wouldn’t allow you to do. You’re free to express your true nature.” Moments like these become signposts in a savage narrative. Jonathan also notes how easily violence arises once he and his friends find themselves strangers in a strange land, but the reflection is a passing observation. Harsh details—including beheading and several eviscerations—demonstrate the ruthless nature of the magical world. The effect is a biting, implicit commentary on isolationism; Jonathan’s group, tellingly referred to as Outlanders, present a fearsome intrusion.

    Enchanted weapons and the swift acquisition of magical skills equip Jonathan’s group with the necessary skills to fight against the wizards who pursue them. When they showcase their own talents—such as a scene where they construct a getaway balloon—it gives them greater capability in an otherwise overwhelming environment that asks them to accept a prophecy without question.

    The details of the prophecy are sparingly revealed, creating a tense plot marked by secrets. Occasionally peculiar intrusions—including the sudden appearance of a ninja—widen the scope of the fantasy world and provide quick solutions for Jonathan’s plights. The book’s intrigue lies in Jonathan’s transformation from a fearful young adult to a high-ranking leader. That it happens out of inevitability is less crucial than the overall message: fate may dictate the outcome of a life, but there’s plenty of room left for surprises.

    The Berwick Chronicles is an entertaining, dark novel about the lengths that those in power will go to in order to remain in power, and about loyalties forged in crisis.

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