Series: The Arcana Familia #1
Published by Tor Books on February 10, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Young Adult
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Writers of the Future grand prize winner Randy Henderson presents a dark and quirky debut in Finn Fancy Necromancy.
Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone—probably the same someone—is trying to get him sent back. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find evidence to prove it to the Arcane Enforcers. They are going to be very hard to convince, since he’s already been convicted of trying to kill someone with dark magic.
But Finn has his family: His brother Mort who is running the family necrotorium business now, his brother Pete who believes he’s a werewolf, though he is not, and his sister Samantha who is, unfortunately, allergic to magic. And he’s got Zeke, a fellow exile and former enforcer, who doesn’t really believe in Finn’s innocence but is willing to follow along in hopes of getting his old job back.
Finn Fancy Necromancy was a delightful read complete with humor, heart and 80s pop references. It’s a book plenty of urban fantasy fans will enjoy.
I’m old and have hair…everywhere
Finn was exiled to the fey realm for something he didn’t do (attempted murder) when he was 15 years old. While there he was forced to relive all of his memories over and over again so the fey could feed off of his emotions. Now 25 years later his exile is over, he’s back home and he’s, oh jeez, old – and eegads…hairy! Ok 40 isn’t really old – he does have a hairy back though. Eww. haha Imagine that as the reaction of a 15 year old. Anyways…those particular circumstances of the age he was exiled at and the age he is now gave his character and this book a very unique feel. Because Finn still very much has the emotional mentality of a teenager at times. He just feels young but he’s an adult and he’s trying to balance that out. There is SOO much that he has missed. It really gave the book a comedic feel at times what with his naive behavior and awe at things he encounters now that he is back. I enjoyed the effect this had on the character’s narrative, plus I love all things 80s and there were enough references and some slang that hit my sweet spot.
Finn is from a family of necromancers that run a mortuary business. I know cool right. And he has the rare ability to Talk to the dead. The downside…when you do that it eats some of your life away. So maybe not so cool after all. The way the supernatural community and fey creatures exist in this world was really cool. A unique and yet familiar setup for an urban fantasy. There are all sorts of creatures and a number of which I hadn’t yet encountered in other urban fantasy books yet.
Let’s crash this party
What a fun cast of characters! Seriously Finn’s family brings a whole new level of WTF to the phrase dysfunctional family. His father talks in nothing but rhymes and riddles. His brother Mort is a power hungry jerk, his sister Sammy is allergic to magic, his mother is dead but her ghost still haunts the house and his younger brother Petey thinks he’s a werewolf (because of a prank Finn and Mort played on him when he was a kid.) Throw in an outrageous best friend / neighbor, an old high school flame, a mohawked enforcer with the habit of ending sentences with “fool” and his waer sister – and you quite the interesting mix of folks that go together just right. I had so much fun with all of them and was pleased to find each very well developed.
What else is in store for readers
View Spoiler »- Sasquatches, yes that's right
- a hoard of vicious gnomes
- a spell that weaponizes your urine
- family drama! Oh goody hah
- evil witches
- library shenanigans!
- waers (werewolves and other cool fey creatures)
- and best of all, much ass kickery « Hide Spoiler
Really there isn’t any reason you shouldn’t be reading Finn Fancy Necromancy. It was heaps of fun and I was surprised to find at the end it tugged at my heartstrings. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Finn and company.