Robert H. Boyer PhD reads from The Magic Necklace of Al-Andalus
Religion is important in the development of the four main characters, Cass, Thea, and Alan, teenagers from Philadelphia in 1951, and Sebastian, a young officer of the Queen's Guard, in Spain in 1491. Religion is also one of the ingredients in the interactions of secondary characters, several of whom are historical figures. The Magic Necklace and its resident sprite, the Djinni Maiden, are the fantasy part of the novel. They spirit the characters off to key times and places of Al-Andalus. As they discover the nature of the Necklace and Maiden, the main characters realize that they have been chosen. They are on a perilous quest affecting themselves and others across the centuries.