Alodar placed his hands on Briana’s shoulders, paused for a moment more, and then said softly, “The answer is no.”
“You can’t do that!” Briana yelled back. “Even the Archimage has limits to his power. You admitted as much yourself. You cannot order me around like some serf of an Arcadian lord.”
“I do not order you to stay because I am the Archimage,” Alodar said. “I do so because I am your father.”
Briana felt the anger well within her like a brush fire suddenly out of control. She clinched her teeth so as not to say more. The library page had a key to this council chamber, she thought fiercely. It might take more than a single kiss to get it, but that is what she would have to do.
Fourth book in the Magic by the Numbers series. A stand alone novel that does not require any of the preceding volumes need to read first.
Lyndon Hardy (born 1941) is an author, prankster and grandfather.
He became interested in fantasy while wandering through the fringes of fandom when he was at Caltech. In addition to reading and writing, he has sporadic bursts of enthusiasm for collecting stamps and playing cards. As of yet, he has not figured out a plot line for a stamp collector who saves the world.
While at CalTech, in 1960 he organized and led what has been called the best college prank ever pulled – The Rose Bowl Card Stunt Caper.
He lives with his wife, Joan, in Torrance, California. Together they have two daughters and four living grandchildren.