They're around us. A small mutation gives them powers over natural life, akin to magic. They've been persecuted and burned at the stake. So they have withdrawn from humanity, but their genes continue to ferment in the populace.
When powers blossom, and no one can teach you what they are and how to use them, how do you cope? When you grow up different, when Homeland Security hones in on you because they see terrorists in every strange manifestation, what do you do? When your only child shows the same powers, how do you protect him when you feel like a lost child too?
This is that story.
Rhamey is an excellent storyteller who grabs you from the first page and builds the tension so that you don't want to put the book down. He's been honing his craft for years and this gem is the result.
I just hope he's working on a sequel. I can't wait for the story to continue.
If you liked "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffmann, you need to buy a copy of "Finding Magic." If you liked "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Phillip K. Dick you need to buy a copy of "Finding Magic." If you liked both those books, you need to buy 2 copies of "Finding Magic" - one to keep and one to give to a friend because you will not want to lend your copy out, ever, as it may not come back and you'll want to have your copy handy to read again and again.
What I liked best about "Finding Magic" was the way it stimulated me to live in the world Rhamey created. I find myself writing "fanzine"-type scenarios in my head: what if this character existed in this world? What happens to that charactrer next?
Long after you put the novel down it will still be in your head, whirling around, prompting you to create your place in the most interesting world of "Finding Magic."
Finding Magic: I'm a sucker for all things magical, so the title pulled me in. Annie, a member of the magical clans which exist in the real world hidden from sight by their magical powers, is being hunted by the authorities who suspect her of being a terrorist. As the chase develops, the author subtly builds the imaginary world in which the story will unfold, suspension of disbelief is not a problem. A clansman with a grudge against the lessi (think muggles) develops a virus, deadly to all except those with magical powers (think pure-bloods). The overzealous Homeland security agent with a big chip on her shoulder is easy to dislike, especially when she begins to leverage our hero's autistic child, but in the end, her meddling serves to draw the plot together for a wild finale at top of the Seattle Space needle. A good fast read which kept me involved throughout.
I love most supernatural reads, and FINDING MAGIC hit all the right notes! Rhamey created a believable, creative supernatural world and a thrilling plot, grounded in both technical details about all things biological, and characters drawn with emotional accuracy. The chapters moved between first person and third person narration which allowed the reader to dive into the inner world of Annie, one of the main characters, and also step back and see the bigger picture. This dance between the two narrations styles was artfully executed. Most importantly, though, I cared about Annie, Gabe, and Mike, was drawn into their world, and wanted to know what happened next. A great read I would highly recommend. Enjoy!
You will admire gentle Annie, who possesses lledri, a magic like no other. With it, she can conceal herself from those who misunderstand her magic and who wish to harm her. You will love sweet little Mike (who is autistic), and Gabe, his conflicted, but caring father. You will be angered by Annie's clansman who seeks to misuse his lledri magic for his own evil intent. You will hate the Homeland Security agent who pursues Annie relentlessly, for no reason except Annie is "other". This book is compelling and satisfying, and you can't help but get involved with its characters. Write a sequel, Mr. Rhamey!
This alternately charming and thrilling book was just what I like a novel to be: an absorbing refuge from daily life and good food for thought. Rhamey has created a truly magical world and, once again, challenges our perceptions of the world around us, asking what it means to live responsibly and compassionately in our society without compromising our values. An exciting read with a fresh perspective. Highly recommended.
Talented author, Ray Rhamey, drops us right into the middle of the action in this high-drama, modern fantasy. As the novel opens we meet Annie, a member of a secret clan and a gifted healer with the remarkable ability to disguise herself as anyone she wishes, as she tries to evade the relentless pursuit of a homeland security agent. Rhamey ratchets up the drama from there and never lets up. Annie has lost the will to live following a personal tragedy, but must find a way to stop a clansman from unleashing a plague that will eradicate the human race - leaving alive only those who have already found the `magic' inside them. An engrossing page turner.
This book is not only about magic but what's important to us as individuals and as a society. The characters are engaging and draw you into a story that seems all too real, including the supposedly fantasy parts. It was fun to read, and gently gave me food for thought along the way. I highly recommend it.