Monday, February 9, 2015

Finn Fancy Necromancy: By Randy Henderson



Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of fifteen, when the surviving victim of a dark ritual was found in his bedroom. Convicted and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty-five years—twenty-five years as a disembodied soul, tormented by the Others—Finn is now being set free.

But his return is met by a magical attack on his escorts, and he finds the body of the woman he was accused of attacking all those years before, freshly murdered with necromancy—the perfect frame job.

Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find enough evidence to prove it to Arcane Enforcers who already view him as a criminal.

Unfortunately, his family is little help. Father has become a mad magical inventor. Brother Mort fears that Finn wants to take over the family business. Sister Samantha is now a jaded hacker allergic to magic. And simple but sweet brother Pete still believes he’s a werewolf because of a childhood dog bite.

Finn is joined by Zeke, a former Arcane Enforcer and fellow exile seeking to prove himself worthy of returning to duty—even if that means proving Finn guilty. Together, they will battle magical creatures, family drama, and the challenges of Finn's love life as they race to solve the mystery of who wants Finn returned to exile, and why.

Finn Fancy Necromancy does not attempt to hide the ball as to what kind of book it is. It is filled with whimsical and sarcastic humor, centers around a mystery supported by a good deal of action and magic, and throws in a number of 80's references into the mix for good measure.

This is not a serious fantasy such as Game of Thrones, but it is not trying to be. Instead this is a humorous romp of magic and mayhem, similar to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series that will be sure to entertain and put a smile on your face while you read.

The author, Randy Henderson, sets the stage for this amusing reading ambiance by creating a protagonist that is likable, relatable, and has a sarcastic wit. This coupled with the humorous mischief and mayhem the Finn and the other characters get themselves into (including evading yeti's by pouring piss on their heads) make Finn Fancy Necromancy a fun and entertaining book to read.

Overall Henderson has done a fantastic job creating likable characters, a compelling story, and enough humorous dialog and mayhem to keep most readers plastered to their seats to the last pages. All in all, I highly recommend Finn Fancy Necromancy and think it's perfect for fans of Lish McBride's Hold Me Closer Necromancer, A Lee Martinez's The Automatic Detective, and/or Terry Pratchett's Sorcery.

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: February 10, 2015

Price: $25.99

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