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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (Aug. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063463
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,925,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Light as the finest pastry, with a dark chocolate depth of feeling at its core, IMMORTAL QUEST is a fast-paced frolic, a distinctly different form of romantic romp."
- Caroline Stevermer, author of "A College of Magics"

About the Author

Alexandra (Alex) MacKenzie is a writer and scientific illustrator from the Pacific Northwest who is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She has several short story publications, most recently in Abyss & Apex [ and is the illustrator for the book In My Nature: A Birder's Year at the Montlake Fill.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1936204) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0xa162e740) out of 5 stars It's worth reading Aug. 15 2011
By Paul Lappen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fantasy story about a relationship that has lasted for several centuries. It is also about the potential end of the world.

Nick Wright is a present-day London detective who, one night, is interrogating a burglary suspect named Marlen. He tells Nick that they have known each other for 500 years, and that Nick is on his eleventh lifetime. As a mage, Marlen is immortal. Nick is skeptical, to say the least. Marlen tells Nick things about himself that no one can possibly know. Nick slowly begins to beleive that maybe Marlen is not totally nuts.

Marlen attempted a spell to get Nick to remember the old days of partying all over Europe. Not only does it not work, but Marlen accidentally releases a powerful mage named Vere from her 700-year imprisonment. She wanted to bring the gift of immortality to all people, and was supposedly working on the ultimate spell. She infused three items, a cup, a ring and a stone with magical power, now hidden in widely different parts of Britain. If she ever got hold of those items, and completed her spell, the whole world would be in danger. At least, that is according to Duncan Phipps, head of the Immortal Society of Mages, who wants the three items for his own megalomaniacal purposes.

Meantime, Nick has gotten a job with DI6, Britain's domestic intelligence service. But, he has been shunted into the last place he wants to work with DI6, the PIS, or Paranormal Investigative Service. Nick would much rather investigate terrorists than Elvis sightings. His uncle Brian, who runs the PIS, tells Nick to stick with Marlen. The PIS has been investigating the Mages for years, and they need a real magical object to study. The relationship between Nick and Marlen is volatile, at best. Marlen tries, perhaps too hard, to get the "old Nick" back. Nick becomes fond of Marlen, but does not want to get into a relationship with him. Nick has tried very hard to suppress his homosexual past. Everything climaxes at an isolated castle in Scotland. Is Vere really as mean as her reputation says? Does Vere or Duncan get "eliminated?" Do Marlen and Nick come to any sort of understanding about their relationship?

This might be a rather quiet relationship story, but it's a good one. It is marketed as an LGBT novel, but the homosexuality is pretty subtle. It's recommended.
HASH(0xa1272810) out of 5 stars I loved it! Sept. 9 2011
By Jodene A. Hager - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I read this book, I was not thinking that I was going to read a well done romance between a male couple. It was something that took me by surprise, but when I saw how well the story was told I knew that this book was going to become one of my favorites. Now I've been recommending Immortal Quest to friends ever since I finished it. I only hope that Alexandra makes a series!
HASH(0xa1270954) out of 5 stars Something for everyone! Oct. 2 2010
By EP - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ms. MacKenzie has written a wonderfully accessible book that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Her attention to male friendship dynamics from popular culture, the increasingly popular style of urban fantasy, and good old Anglophilia combine to make this an entertaining read. One of the best aspects of this book is the deftness with with Ms. MacKenzie builds her world of secret mages mixing among modern-day Britain, and leaves this intact world ready for further exploration, whether in readers' minds or in future novels. Full of humor and heartfelt friendship, adventure and intrigue, Immortal Quest provides a captivating read for audiences from teen to adult.