A Petition to Magic

Fiction - Fantasy - General
42 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2014
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Author Biography

Graham Downs was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa. He now lives in Germiston with his wife. He is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

Although he has always had a passion for writing, it wasn't until December 2012, at the age of 32, that he finally decided to unleash his imagination onto the world at large. The result was A Petition to Magic, a short fantasy story about a wizard who cannot perform magic, and a queen who demands his help.

Following on the success of A Petition to Magic, Downs was asked by fellow author Darren Worrow in 2013, to contribute a story to a charity anthology called I am not Frazzle, benefiting the Devizes Community Centre for Children, in the United Kingdom. He graciously accepted, and penned Stingers, which was included. The anthology was released in December of 2013. (Stingers is slated to be released as a stand-alone story on 16 June 2014.)

While I am not Frazzle was being prepared for release, Downs released his second story, Heritage of Deceit, on 1 December 2013. It's a modern day thriller, and tells the story of a man working in an office, who stumbles across what he believes is a relic from an old genocide.

Graham Downs is always working on new stories, in a variety of different genres, and he hopes to go from strength to strength as he releases better and better writing, and his popularity continues to grow.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite

Graham Downs opens the door to a fantasy world in his short story, A Petition to Magic, a world of emotions, trust, self-searching and enchanted characters that will definitely leave readers wanting more. The fantasy tells the story of a wizard and his difficulties in dealing with a guilty secret; and a young Queen and the way she’s dealing with her new status -a classical right and wrong situation which captured my interest from the very first lines.

A Petition to Magic reads more like a lesson than a short story, a lesson about personal fears, the impact of power, the negative influences of keeping secrets and, most of all, the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Power has a way of taking you by surprise, of making you do things that you thought you will never do or that you thought are not in your nature. Graham Downs explores this aspect in his story by presenting us with Queen Celeste's tale of how she overcomes her fears and how she learns to trust her instincts.

I must say I truly enjoyed the book, and I found it to be very entertaining for any readers, no matter their genre preferences. It teaches you lesson while it entertains your appetite for reading, and this cannot be said of many short stories. As a bonus, it has a fantastic cover and is written in a fun and engaging style. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.