Saturday, January 7, 2012

Interview for The Magic Manuscript by Barbara Burgess

This book is now available in e-book form. Check it out on your kindle, nook or other reading device.

Tune in at to hear author Barbara Burgess talk about her YA Fantasy novel, THE MAGIC MANUSCIPT: BOOK ONE – VOYAGE TO EVE ILION

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Piraeus Books LLC (June 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0983185379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983185376

  • Bio:

    Barbara is the deputy editor of Writing Edge Magazine, an Australia-based international magazine, for which she also writes a health column. She judges writing competitions. Over the past fifteen years, she has done freelance writing, editing, and proofreading for numerous international clients.

    In 1983, she received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She was First Class Honours in English and “University Scholar.” She then enrolled in graduate studies in medieval English literature at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her thesis supervisor was a former student of the British author, C. S. Lewis.

    In 2002, she worked briefly as the assistant to the Executive Director of the Federation of BC Writers in Vancouver, Canada. Over a period of five years, she taught English to international students at a private ESL school in Vancouver. Currently, she writes and


    “Arthur and Jennifer are two young Brits enjoying a Christmas holiday down in the ancient Cornish village of Mawgan Porth, a place just vibrant with associations of Arthur, the legendary monarch of Britain, or more precisely Logres, as the ancient realm was called. But the action begins seriously when they come across a mysterious, normally inaccessible, cave, where they discover an ancient medieval manuscript that has the ultimate literary quality of mysteriously drawing readers into the actual lives and adventures of its heroes and heroines.” (Professor Paul Piehler, a former student of C. S. Lewis, writes about The Magic Manuscript: Book One – Voyage to Eve Ilion.)


    The Magic Manuscript is a brilliant combination of medieval times and modern day heart.

    This story leads the characters through a journey of self discovery through different periods of time. The plot is surrounded around a magical manuscript and an ancient sword. The story weaves from ancient times, to modern day, back to ancient times, seemlessly. The authors description of the world around the characters, and the characters themselves, is so memorable that readers will feel as if they were transported in time themselves, to view, if only for a short period time, the story through the character's eyes. Readers who love reading fantasy similar to the mystical style of J.R.R. Tolkein, but without the gruesome battles, will certainly love this 140 page historical version which brings to life the story of King Arthur, but in a very unique way. The author has used reincarnation to an interesting level that will keep the readers attention and have them wondering how often fate plays it's hand. Readers will certainly be yearning for the next book in the series, wanting to follow Arthur and Jennifer on their next amazing and mystical adventure.  


    1. Thanks for the great review, Renee, and for the interview! I so appreciate your time and energy. I'll be letting my friends and colleagues know about this wonderful blog and your online radio show. Thanks again! Barbara Burgess

    2. You are so welcome! You were a great guest. I'm glad to have you on the show. Good luck in the new year.