The Muffler's Ministry
In a world with everyday magic, technology must be suppressed.
The Mufflers, a light fantasy trilogy: Book 1
Everyday low-level magic is commonplace, the only thing forbidden is technology. The ruins of the old world serve as a constant reminder of why humanity must never venture down that path again.
Rowan Webb is recruited into the secretive Ministry responsible for ensuring technological advancement is suppressed – The Mufflers, who turn out to be a surprisingly friendly and eccentric bunch.
Venturing out into the community with a familiar called Pythia, Rowan has every intention of having as good a time as possible while working undercover. For most people, society is fair and comfortable. It seems the perfect opportunity to enjoy life with old flame Tia Tobin.
Pythia puts a damper on things by making Rowan document the journey, just in case there's an enquiry later.
Then the shadows of the past re-emerge to really ruin the fun – and threaten ultimate destruction. Tia's not happy with Rowan either.
Rowan Webb: Our genial hero, child of the Minister of Information, author of this journal.
Pythia: Rowan's familiar and grumpy conscience.
Dave Elkington: Rowan's former colleague and bête noire back at the Ministry of Information.
Ashley Carter: Fellow Muffler who takes care of Rowan's induction into the Ministry.
Mr Bristow: Rowan's head of division in the Ministry, who goes by the designation XX7.
Brenda: Seems to be everywhere at the Ministry, delivering mail, serving food and drink, keeping an eye on things.
Tia Tobin: An old flame who makes Rowan face up to a painful reality.
...and then there's the cat.
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