Book 1 of The Chronicles of Nevin Reasoner introduces the title character. Nevin Reasoner never completed an advanced degree because he wanted freedom to explore the sciences without pedantic constraints. As a result, he lost his job as a Lecturer at Hempstead College. On his last day, he discovered a peculiar small man in his office recovering from a physical assault. Anson, dressed in tunic and breeches, claimed he was a “mage” from a place Nevin could not find on any map. Anson pleaded for help in ending persecution, anarchy and devastation in his land.
Nevin refused to believe that magery existed beyond sleight-of-hand, superstition, or rational explanations—until he was shamed for his own scientific chauvinism. Following some inspiring and amusing experiences, Nevin agreed to help Anson and together they contrived a plan. After a deliverance to Antrim by extraordinary means, Nevin gradually sorted out the scientific plausibility for the spellwork he witnessed and helped carry out. After all, he saw nothing supernatural, no talking animals, and no items created out of nothing.
The mage and the “sage” teamed up with a soldier for a so-called alliance for Antrim. Both magery and scientific acumen would be needed to supplement their courage in overcoming obstacles to pacify the warring kingdoms. Sometimes they had to deal with physical altercations, forcing Nevin to use his relatively large size in an unfamiliar role as a fighter. Unfortunately, another stranger to the land brought science for nefarious uses to aide one side with impending tragic results. Forced to add a high-born woman to their troupe, they put their plan into action to turn the tide of war.
Book 2 of The Chronicles of Nevin Reasoner picks up the story when they must face the destructive effects of science gone wild.
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La scene est à Lisbonne, dans le palais d'Alphonse.