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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Kharishma, a novel by Jenny L.R. Nay, based on Native American lore, Kharishma, the titular heroine, has just returned home to America after staying in London to escape her past and perhaps change who she is, only to discover she didn't quite like the person she was becoming. After returning to her hometown to help with her mother's catering business, their house is broken into and Kharishma soon learns a secret her family has kept hidden her whole life. She's part of a tribe scattered by the treachery and greed of one man and only she has the power to find their magically hidden home and bring her people together. But the negative forces that drove her tribe apart are coming to make sure she never succeeds.
Kharishma was a really quick read. By no means fast paced, Nay has a way of crafting scenes that flowed into one another like water. The cast of characters was small and, while I did enjoy Kharishma's mother and uncle, I never really felt connected to any of the characters beyond their initial descriptions and hobbies. The romance between Kharishma and Sam, her long time friend, was sweet and I enjoyed how Nay slowly unfolded the mystery of Kharishma's powers and her past, as well as the lore of her tribe. A great coming of age story for anyone who likes a dash of magic in their novels of good 'good guys' and black-hat 'bad guys.'