I must have read his in the nineties. I think it was a series of books.

The first book starts off with a woman in a cabin in a modern-day American desert. I think a biker dude turns up, and then a wizard appears with a baby, and transports them to a parallel medieval world. The woman joins the city watch, protecting the baby, and the biker dude becomes an apprentice to the wizard.

I remember one scene where the biker dude casts a spell to change his appearance to a dung beetle, to sneak past some guards thinking it would be inconspicuous, but the locals had never seen a dung beetle before.

The book was written in English.

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    The description in this question sounds fairly similar but the answers given don't have the wizard bringing in a baby (also not sure about the girl joining a city watch). Any input on this?
    – Jenayah
    Aug 18, 2019 at 22:18
  • @Jenayah Based on the cover description, that other question is the same book -- but has no accepted answer.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Aug 19, 2019 at 14:22

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Possibly the Time of the Dark, part one of Barbara Hambly's Darwath Trilogy? The land of Darwath, a fantasy-medieval type kingdom on another world is under attack by the shapeshifting alien Dark Ones, and the wizard Ingold flees to Earth with the baby prince. Ending up at a cabin in the California desert Ingold meets a woman named Gil and the mechanic Rudy. Somehow the three end up back in Darwath, where Rudy discovers a talent for magic. I've only read the first of the trilogy, don't know how the rest turns out.

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    It is definitely the Darwath Series. The dung beetle incident occurs on the third book, The Armies of Daylight.
    – Carnelune
    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:37
  • Thanks for the quick identification. I had forgotten the names of the main characters, but those are them. Aug 20, 2019 at 19:34

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