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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.