- File Size: 2130 KB
- Print Length: 394 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fire Finch Press (October 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4KXQNV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the book in just over 24 hours because I couldn't put it down, and the further into it I got, the more gripping it was! I suggest everyone reads this, it's a modern story set in my country (South Africa yay!) with elements we can all relate to - crime, social media, financial strain, history, relationships and career. I found Raven so real, so relatable and so honest in her faults - she is a real woman with real issues!
Grey Magic really had me spellbound and I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Buy the book, get lost in the story, and enjoy!
Rather than providing a plot summary which other reviewers have done well, I’d rather concentrate on what I like.
Grey Magic started as a short story in the author’s Sticky Fingers collection. When I read the story I remember thinking that there is more than enough story here to expand it into a novel. Hurray for the author thinking the same thing.
Grey Magic is contemporary fantasy which I prefer to high fantasy. When approaching this style of fantasy, how the author builds her world is the first "make or break" factor that will tell me if I want to continue. I like what Lawrence has done in this regard. The setting is present day Johannesburg though that doesn't play into the story. Witchcraft is acknowledged as existing though not necessarily embraced by the general public (ie the pitchfork and pyre mob). witches have to be constantly aware of the potential that the simmering threat can come to a boil at any moment. Twitter, Facebook, Google Alerts, mobile phones, texting, and email are all needed by a modern witch to work her craft. Witches have conferences, PaganCon, a bureaucracy, and a young activist faction that publicize their actions on youtube. This is a world in which we would be comfortable.
I like the way magic is portrayed and I'd say the author put some real thought and research into how to present it in a way that meets the reader’s expectations without going over the top: "Real magic covers a wide spectrum encompassing good and evil and there are very many shades of grey in-between. The reason a spell can never be pure white is because of the cosmic baker's influence. A sorceress may start out with a clear, benevolent purpose, unalloyed ingredients and a pure heart and may perform the incantation as close to perfectly as she can manage, but after that she has little influence. Once it is out of her mouth the spell is out of her hands and cannot be kept un-grubby."
The protagonist, Raven Kane, styles herself as a "hip, multitasking, hexing-and-texting witch" though does come across as kind of ditzy at first impression: she won’t answer her phone, read her mail or email, a consequence of which is that she finds herself in dire financial straights, and she maintains an inner, and often humorous, dialog with her rational side. Adding to her problems is that she feels burned out, seems to be losing her power, and there is some deep underlying cause to her problems.
The early parts of Grey Magic are light and humorous but Lawrence isn't afraid to go dark. When we get to the root causes of Raven's issues, it gets dark indeed. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that the tension at the end was visceral.
Grey Magic is a very satisfying read. While I hate to curse an author with “Great, now I have to write a sequel”, this is a world that deserves another visit.
In a pantheon of literature that's awash with magical themes and witchlore - usually in the context of fantasy genre - JT Lawrence's Grey Magic takes magic realism to your doorstep. The characters emerge, living and breathing, from the pages. Flawed, hurting, distrusting, sometimes heroic and sometimes despicable, but ultimately human; each character brings a unique and important aspect of the story to life. A very good read.
I got this book while it was free here, and mostly the free books aren't very good, but this one is an exception. The language is flowing, the underlying story of overcoming hardship is told in an interesting way, the main heroine is sufficient, but relatable when she tries to hide from her problems. And inspiring in the way she eventually does deal with them.
Also, it's cool that the magic doesn't take the center stage here, some of her problems are caused by it, but they are real world problems, not demons from other dimensions.
I would recommend this book if you are looking for an urban fantasy book about grownups.
(Please excuse me, if the review is a bit clunky, English is not my native tongue:))