The Fossil Door

About the Book

Cover of The Fossil Door: A man and woman in silhouette at the right looking to the left, at something on the ground. He is wearing a hat. The background is deep burgundy and golden yellow, with a small illuminated manuscript inset in the top left corner. Star and sparkles swirl around the figures.

He wants to know why. She wants to belong.

Gabe was born into privilege – money, a loving family, and encouragement to follow wherever his curiosity leads. Assigned to help investigate a failed magical portal in the Scottish Highlands in 1922, he’s more than up for the challenge. He won’t let an old injury – or the rumours of a lethal magical beast – get in the way of solving the problem.

Rathna, the Portal Keeper he’s been assigned to assist, is not at all what he expected. From their first meeting, it’s clear that she’s skilled, with a rare talent for magical energy. Her brown skin, the way she doesn’t talk about her family, and her prickly insistence on proper form leave Gabe wondering, but she refuses to talk about anything other than their work.

As Gabe and Rathna begin to investigate, mystery piles on mystery. The portal is on the side of a steep mountain for no good reason. There’s an unknown man asking questions about Rathna’s family. Even getting a drink in the pub has risks. As they begin to trust each other and share their secrets, Rathna becomes sure Gabe will disappear as soon as their work together is done.

The Fossil Door features a ferocious desire to learn why things are as they are, a London-born Bengali heroine, awe-inspiring geology, life-changing secrets, and chosen family. Set in the magical community of the British Isles in 1920s, the Mysterious Powers series can be read in any order, and each book ends with a happily-ever-after (no cliffhangers.)

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About the Author
Celia Lake

Celia Lake spends her days as a librarian in the Boston (MA) metro area, and her nights and weekends at home happily writing, reading, and researching. Born and raised in Massachusetts to British parents, she naturally embraced British spelling, classic mysteries, and the Oxford comma before she learned there were any other options.

Series: Mysterious Powers, Book 2
Genre: Historical fantasy romance
The Fossil Door

Gabe wants to know why. Rathna wants to belong.

When a portal in the remote Scottish Highlands fails in the spring of 1922, Rathna (a fully qualified Portal Keeper) and Gabe (recently finished with his apprenticeship) are assigned to figure out the problem. Besides the challenges of a rocky landscape, a threatening possibly mythical monster, they both carry secrets they've never admitted to others.

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