Review – Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson

Posted: April 25, 2015 in Fantasy
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If you’ve not heard of this latest, most awesome novel, I’m sure you will soon. In the meantime, here is the blurb..

Found guilty of a terrible crime he didn’t commit in 1986, 15-year-old necromancer Finn Gramaraye was exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. But now he s back in the mortal world and is disappointed to discover that he’s middle-aged, DeLoreans can’t fly, and he’s been framed for using dark magic, again. All Finn wants is to pick up the pieces of his life and patch things up with his family: his mad scientist father, the ghost of his mother, a sister who is allergic to magic, a younger brother who thinks he’s a werewolf and an older brother who is most unhappy to see him. But with just three days to clear his name before he is sent back into exile forever, Finn will need all the help he can get to figure out who wants him gone, and why.

Henderson’s debut is fantastic. It’s fast paced, funny and packed with an excellent cast of characters. There’s drama, heartache and action. Plus, added bonus, there’s loads of ’80s references (for us old enough to remember it in all it’s glory).

The plot is thick with mystery in the style of a ‘whodunit’ caper that keeps you guessing all the way yet the magical system, rebooted for a technological age of apps and iPhones, is really well handled. Our protagonist Finn, a 15 year-old in a 40 year old body has too much to handle from teenage love to murderous secret societies and the whole bundle is wrapped up brilliantly in witty, snappy dialogue.

Much has been made about Finn Fancy Necromancy having similarities to Ready Player One. That’s unfair; both share ’80s elements but are wildly different books – though both are brilliant. Henderson has a wonderful comic sense and is an accomplished character writer. The cadence of the story and the world he has created, especially the gnomes, is truly astounding. Personally, I can’t wait for the next instalment in the adventures of Finn and his family.

Review copy
Published by Titan books

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  1. […] Henderson has once again produced an 80’s tinged, barn burner of a novel. His debut, reviewed here, was one of my favourite reads last year. Bigfoot Loose and Finn Fancy Free builds on everything of […]

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